Small cakes have made it big. Just ask Chris Hejna, co-owner of Chesterfield’s Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery, which takes the concept of good things coming in small packages to a whole new level.
“This is where the magic happens,” Chris said, inviting me to take a peek inside the Smallcakes kitchen. There, hundreds of specialty and designer cupcakes are baked and frosted daily. “We bake a couple of thousand cupcakes a week. Each week we have 16 flavors in addition to three or four specialty flavors.”
The franchise was founded by Food Network “Cupcake Wars” veteran Jeff Martin and the official Smallcakes bible of recipes has 200 cupcake variations. But that’s just the beginning.
For Chris and her 21-year-old daughter, Natalie, those recipes serve as inspiration for the duo’s own unique sense of creativity. As the shop’s baker, Natalie joins Chris in creating one-of-a-kind recipes just for their Chesterfield shop. That’s a tasty triumph for customers.
“We’ve made up a few of our own cupcakes and added them to the book,” Chris said. “We’ve added a Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino, Pink Lemonade and our Apple Orchard. That’s one of our seasonal recipes featuring apple spice cake topped with a cinnamon brown sugar cream cheese frosting. Right now, I’m working on a Gooey Butter Cake.”
But a personal and customer favorite, she said, is The Kentucky Bourbon. “It’s a specialty cupcake that has become so popular we now feature it during the first week of every month.”
It begins with infusing bourbon into the vanilla cake batter, which has been enhanced with chocolate chips and pecans. It’s crowned with a brown sugar cream cheese frosting, drizzled with fudge and caramel sauce and finished with a sprinkle of pecans and chocolate chips. Virtually a classic Derby Pie in a cupcake, it’s an indulgence worth every calorie and carb.
Other must-trys include decadent variations of classic vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. The secret, Chris explained is the “fudge frosting.”
Not a fan of fudge, no worries. The shop’s cream cheese and buttercream frostings won’t disappoint, especially when paired with core cake flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, almond, carrot and red velvet – Smallcakes’ roster of signature cupcakes.
With over 200 kinds to choose from, the store’s best seller remains a simple, elegant classic.
“It’s our Wedding Cake,” Henja said, made with almond cake and almond frosting.
Another customer favorite is Cookies-N-Cream – a masterpiece made by sprinkling chocolate cookie crumbs over a mound of fluffy vanilla buttercream that covers a rich chocolate cake.
Smallcakes also serves up a mini pupcake for your dog. Baked as a mini carrot cake, it’s topped with peanut butter frosting and a dog treat.
“We have something for everyone,” Chris said. “We even have house made ice cream.”
Eight signature flavors are served daily, plus three special flavors reflective of the season. In the freezer now are Coffee, Halloween Sprinkle and Buttered Pecan. Try a Cake Smash and get the best of both worlds.
“Choose any one of our 16 signature cupcakes, or weekly specials. We tear the bottom off and put any two scoops of our ice cream – your choice – in between! There’s endless combo possibilities,” Chris said.
It’s a divine treat that proves you can have your cake and eat it, too. Make that your cupcake and ice cream!
|Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery|
|1721 Clarkson Road • Chesterfield • (636) 778-9336|
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; Closed on Sunday