Desserts in Pasadena
Where can I go for desserts in Pasadena? I am thinking pies, cookies, brownies, and anything else that's tasty with a cup of coffee or milk. Here are some places that I have tried.
Pie N Burger
Bulgarini Gelato (at the Laemmle)
21 Choices Frozen Yogurt
I would prefer places near Old Town, South Lake and the Playhouse District, but anywhere in Pasadena is okay.
I would like to try Violet's Cupcakes, but I don't know if they are open today.
Is Corner Bakery good?
I tried some of the pastries at Wildflour in Sierra Madre today. I thought the lemon bar was very good. It was a bit more tart than the others that I've had, and I enjoyed it. I got the powdered sugar topping all over myself, though. It's hard to eat a lemon bar that's covered in powdered sugar without making a mess. :)
I brought home some apricot tarts, a blueberry muffin, a cherry granola bar, another lemon bar, and sourdough bread from Wildflour for my family. Unfortunately, I don't think they liked the pastries very much. I thought the pastries were fine and good, but after bringing these home, I felt that I should've gone to Paradise Pastry in Glendale to get my family the stuff that I know they like.
I appreciated trying a new place, so thank you. Also, the location is Sierra Madre is very cute and has a small town feel to it that is different from Pasadena.
Viktor Benes in Gelson's has some detractors on this board and a number of fans. Of the desserts we've tried there, we like the brownies with chocolate icing. Some of the cookies, not so much. This would be for takeout, of course.
Europane is my favorite, but other choices in the general area inclue:
Patticakes (in Altadena)
Bee's Knees (in Pasadena, on Colorado, just west of the bridge
Julienne (in San Marino)
Heirloom Bakery (in South Pasadena)
Pie? Only for one, ... maybe two, people. Very small place. I have given up trying to get four people in here. The last time I went the server was an ass so I spoke with the manager only to realize that he set the pace. I recall that problem in the Covina Mall Russell's and the Seal Beach Russell's years ago -- both long gone. Somehow the Pasadena loation hangs on. Maybe its the pie?
30 N Fair Oaks Ave
I know it sounds lame, but some of the pies at Marie Callendar's can be very good, and they are all available by the slice -- I can't vouch for many of the fruit ones because I always go for chocolate cream pie, but the boysenberry is very good.
PASADENA Marie Callendar's
2300 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
Hours: M-Th 11-10, F & Sat 11-11, Sun 9-10
After driving by three times, without finding parking, I finally managed to park and get some cupcakes from Violet's today. There were at least 10 people in the kitchen baking and making cupcakes when I went.
I purchased a dozen cupcakes for just under $30, in the following flavors: blueberry/cream cheese, vanilla/vanilla, french toast, cherry cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, chocolate/chocolate, and red velvet/chocolate.
So far, the biggest hit at home has been the strawberry shortcake cupcake. It's a vanilla cupcake, with the top cut off, layered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. I should've got a dozen of those. The other cupcakes were good too, though. I actually ended up liking the french toast one, quite a bit.
I like fruit pies and tarts more than cake, in general, but I wanted to try something new. I enjoyed these very much, and everyone in my family liked them, too. All cupcakes were $2.25 each, except for the strawberry shortcake cupcakes, which were $2.50 each. :)
21 E. Holly St.
Pasadena, California 91107
I tried the lemon meringue cupcake at Violet's today. It's a white cupcake, with the top cut off, filled with lemon curd, and then topped with real meringue. I practically inhaled it. It was delicious, and it tasted like it was fresh out of the oven. The cake was still a little warm. Yum.
I also finally tried the Corner Bakery in Hastings Ranch earlier this week. I went for the lemon bar. I wanted to give this place a chance, since I had never tried it. I definitely prefer the lemon bars at Europane, but I do feel that the Europane lemon bars are a little too big and rich.
I was very pleased with the dark chocolate cupcake I had at Violet's last week, and I'm a serious chocolate person. I'll have to try the ones you mentioned sometime, but I always have to go for chocolate first!
Europane's chocolate tarte is wonderful, as are their chocolate biscotti.
Julienne's scone is the best I've ever had!