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Violet's in Pasadena has the best cupcakes I've had in LA

I know some of you never want to hear the words cupcake ever muttered on this board, but for those of you that like them Violet's has the best. I went yesterday and had the butterscotch, chocolate coconut vanilla, and the french toast & maple syrup. The frosting is sweet but I think that of almost everyplace I've been. I wanted to try their red velvet but they were out. The cupcakes are $2.25 and worth every cent. I've been to Clementine, Joan's on Third, Bluebird, Sprinkles and that bakery on Pico near Westside Pavilion and by far these are the best. They're moist, and have a delicate crumb, great flavor etc...

Violet's Cakes
21 E. Holly Street
Pasadena
(626) 395-9821

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  1. I LOVE Violets! I used to work w/i walking distance... when it first opened we were there constantly. every once in awhile I'll think about the French Toast cupcake and be sad. Plus the owners are super nice.

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    1. re: BearRock

      i used to work right near there, too! i only tasted the french toast cupcake, but i found it a bit too sweet. i took off most of the frosting, but it just wasn't moist enough for my taste. don't get me wrong; it was good. it just wasn't as yummy as i had hoped.

    2. What are their hours? I've walked by a few times looking for a treat and they were closed.

      1. I recommend trying Auntie Em's cupcakes.

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        1. re: chica

          I too am a huge Auntie Em's fan. I'm partial to the mocha cupcakes and the scones. I will try Violets also.

          1. re: sambrown3

            The mocha cupcakes also come in a cake version. :)

        2. Just had Violet's cupcakes for the first time on Saturday. They were all amazing, but the french toast cupcake left the three adults AND my five year old niece in awe. Truly. I described it as Wonka food -- I kept trying to place a particular ingredient bite to bite.

          I, too, have tried all of the LA greats (Sprinkles, Joans on Third, etc), but NOTHING has come close. I also used to live in NYC, and these are the closest thing to a Magnolia Bakery cupcake I have found.

          1. I drove by the area and had a hard time finding them - guess I'll have to give another shot looking for them.

            They were also mentioned on DailyCandy LA recently -- so maybe not too soon.

            Nice to have a good cupcake place nearby, been a while since I had one.

            ~AquaW
            http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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            1. re: AquaW

              It's hard to spot from your car since the place is tiny and their signage is subtle.

              There's a 90min free parking lot on Raymond just south of Walnut.

              Park there and walk down to Holly Street. They'll be on the right side of street as you approach Fair Oaks.

              1. re: ozzygee

                What are their Saturday hours? Richard Dawkins is speaking at Caltech at 2pm so I might swing by on a recon mission.