If you've ever dreamt of eating a cupcake-stuffed strawberry, you might want to head on over to Contrary Cupcakes, the shop in Southampton that proudly proclaims itself "St. Louis' only mini cupcakery." There, owner Danielle Anderson isn't just baking delicious flights of mini cupcakes. She's also crumbling up red velvet and cream cheese cupcakes, inserting them into hollowed-out strawberries, and then dipping the tip in a layer of chocolate. It's quite the dessert.
A St. Louis native who'd provided cupcakes and cakes for special events for years, Anderson found that her baking business was increasingly consuming her time — to the point that she got fired from her job at AT&T. "I just didn't have time to go to work," she admits. "It was the push I needed where I realized, 'I've got something here.'"It took more than a year, but on the day before Valentine's Day 2016, she opened Contrary Cupcakes (4904 Devonshire Avenue, 314-797-8128) in a small shop just one block west of South Kingshighway. The space, which has previously served as a pizza shop, a barbecue joint and a bar, is light and bright, with picnic tables in front for enjoying the fresh air and four tops inside for lingering, along with a counter displaying the day's treats.