Nestled in a small corner in a West County strip mall, there's a place reminiscent of Willy Wonka's Factory -- if Mr. Wonka had decided to make cupcakes instead of candy.
Sarah's Cake Shop & Catering Co. (10 Clarkson Wilson Centre, Chesterfield; 636-728-1140) serves up a wide variety of fresh, delicious cupcakes, ranging from more traditional flavors such as red velvet, to more whimsical creations: Almond Joy and Sweet and Salty.
The strawberry cheesecake cupcake was warm and moist, and the first bite tasted like biting into a cloud...Alright, so we've never bitten into a cloud. But remember all of Wonka's talk about "pure imagination?"
Real strawberries were mixed into a buttery cake base, and the whole cake was topped with a generous dollop of rich, cream cheese frosting, sprinkled with crushed graham cracker cookies and studded with a pink, chocolate-covered candy. If you're looking for sinful pleasure, look no further than this cupcake.
Although we all can't frolic down the sweets-studded pathways of Wonka's factory, we are lucky that Sarah's Cake Shop offers close to the same experience. Leaving with only one cupcake is like trying to win the Golden Ticket: next to impossible.