Polkatots: A Hidden Gem

Mar 19, 2009

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.

polkatots1I 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,

3 Responses for “Polkatots: A Hidden Gem”

  1. I’m not mucj N2 cupcakes either, CDB. Besides, around here they usually carry a big price 4 a small bite or two. But, I’ll ck out your recommendation & hope I can 2nd it

  2. Chris says:

    At your suggestion, we tried this shop for our Mother’s Day dessert. Well, we were more than thrilled with this darling shop, helpful owner and moist, beautiful cupcakes! I was happy not to go to Old Town and I have already told many girlfriends about Polkatots, the cupcakes, carmel apples, party favors, etc. Thank you for the recomendation!

  3. colleen says:

    I’m so glad it was a success. Those mini dulce de leche cupcakes are seriously addictive.



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