I’ve been largely immune to the cupcake mania that has swept the city (and the nation); I’m more of a flourless-chocolate-cake kind of girl than a gooey-frosting kind of girl. But my daughter’s 16th birthday demanded a treat that could be served to the entire cast and crew of the play she’s in the middle of, and over the last 20 years of child-raising we’ve had enough Baskin-Robbins cakes to last two lifetimes, so I set off in search of mini cupcakes.
I couldn’t have been more pleased with the vendor I settled on: Polkatots, a relatively new spot well hidden in the back of a mostly Latino strip mall on Lake just north of Orange Grove. Although owner/chef Alma is making a name for her huge and creative cupcake cakes, what will bring me back again and again (and maybe again) are the mini dulce de leche cupcakes with caramel-drizzled buttercream. I cannot begin to describe how good these are.
This is just the sort of heartfelt, high-quality, hometown business that makes Pasadena as cool as it is.
720 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.798.3932, polkatotscupcakes.com