I should note that PolkaTots is less than 5 minutes from the home I live in, and HAVE been living in for 3 years, and yet, until Great Chefs of LA I didn’t even know it existed!!! A shame too, because I would have been eating these cupcakes a a long time earlier.
Polkatots opened in 2008 and has been quite a success – these gals have received plenty of press and rightfully so. Their cupcakes are not only delicious, but artfully designed.
I’m not going to lie, it’s a little funny to see a designer cupcakery in the area that they are in. I mean the Bev Hills area Sprinkles is in makes sense. The Old Town Pasadena Dots makes sense. Even the original Dots on Arroyo makes sense. The Frosted Cupcakery on La Cienega makes sense. But Polkatots??? Let me explain: On the corner is a center with a 7-11, a Puebla Tacos taqueria, an AutoZone, and a Subway. Polkatots is in the next center over from the corner with a Greek/mediterranean fast food place, and Slaw Dogs (which has achieved some foodie attention as well). But there’s also a ton of fast food places (a McDonalds, a Carl’s, a FatBurger, a KFC, a Burger King) a Roscoes, and frankly, while it’s no South Central (oh wait, I’m sorry "Central Los Angeles") the area is still a little scuzzy. I mean I only live a few blocks away, and I regularly hear shots fired in my neighborhood.
Despite this, there they are – a beacon of frosted, yummy cuteness. We stopped in, and I was delighted to discover that most of the place is painted in bubble gum pink, what part of the wall is not, has the Polkatot signature swirls…and contains a metro rack with the cutest and colorful candy and cupcake themed retail items. Everything about this shop just exudes "cute."
The display is well organized and clean and the cupcakes simply yet beautifully frosted so that they grab your attention. We decided to get a few.
The Dolcissimo: Award Winning Renown…Dulce de Leche Cupcake with Dulce de Leche Buttercream. This was a dream, but I’m a little partial to all things Dulce de Leche…
Strawberry Shortcake: Strawberry Cupcake with Strawberry Buttercream
Caffe Latte: Vanilla Cupcake with Coffee Buttercream
Lemonade: Lemon Cupcake with Tangy Lemon Buttercream
They even include this adorable card with pictures of all the cupcakes and their descriptions so you can remember what you brought home (because I know we’ve all gotten home with an assortment of cookies and go, "Damnit! Which one’s which?!") and on the reverse side it has "Cupcake Handling Instructions" – Number 5 happens to be my favorite, "And finally, Enjoy, Pig Out and Have Fun!" Pretty much my motto for life…
They do mini and standard size cupcakes. Minis are 1.50 per, and 16.50 for a dozen. Standard size are 3.00 per and 33 a dozen.
Check ’em out. Even if you’re not a cupcake fiend, it’s good to support your small local business owners! :)
720 North Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91104