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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
Lovebirds
Europane
Dots Cupcakes
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?

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  1. I had a really nice lemon bar at Europane yesterday.

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    1. re: mc michael

      I love lemon bars. I need to make it through the line at Europane and try one of these. :)

      1. re: katkoupai

        If you like lemon bars, try Wildflour Baking Co. in Sierra Madre.

        Wildflour Baking Co.
        328 West Sierra Madre Blvd.,
        Sierra Madre
        (626) 355-9000

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I will. Wildflour has been on my list for a while. I tried to find it once and got lost. I'll try again. Thanks. :)

          1. re: katkoupai

            I tried the lemon bar at Europane with a cappuccino. Both were very good. The lemon bar was about twice the thickness of most lemon bars. It was very rich. The cappuccino was also very good. I went at a time when there was no line, which was a bonus.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            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.

            1. re: katkoupai

              So sorry to hear.

              I'm a pretty big fan of their pastries, as well as their sandwiches.

              I guess you must have more discerning and enlightened tastebuds than me ...

              1. re: ipsedixit

                No, there's nothing to be sorry about. I'm glad that I went. I really liked the lemon bar at Wildflour, like I said, and I'll probably end up eating whatever is left. :-) Thank you, again.

      2. 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.

        1. 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)

          1. Thanks, everyone. Is there a place other than Pie N Burger for pies or individual slices of pie?

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            1. re: katkoupai

              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?

              Russell’s
              30 N Fair Oaks Ave
              Pasadena, CA
              91103-3609
              (626) 578-1404

              1. re: JeetJet

                Great. I drove by Russell's today. I might check it out this week. :) I love pie.

              2. re: katkoupai

                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
                626-792-3109
                Hours: M-Th 11-10, F & Sat 11-11, Sun 9-10

              3. 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. :)

                Violet's Cupcakes
                (626) 395-9821
                21 E. Holly St.
                Pasadena, California 91107

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                1. re: katkoupai

                  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.

                  1. re: katkoupai

                    Have you tried the lemon bars at Wildflour?

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Not yet, but I'll get there. I tried to find it a few months ago, and I took a wrong turn. :)

                    2. re: katkoupai

                      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!

                    3. re: katkoupai

                      You can almost always find a space around the corner in the municipal parking lot on Raymond north of Holly, next to the Armory, and it's 1 1/2 hours free!

                    4. WHEATBERRY has a nice little cake and coffee special.

                      don't like everything here, but i do like their strawberries and cream croissant.

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                        1. re: katkoupai

                          There's a tiny place called the Cobbler Factory on a little side street (can't remember which) just around the corner from the Academy theater on Colorado. I have not tried any of their cobblers, but I've heard they're fantastic and have always been curious about the place. Ever been?

                          1. re: onebite

                            I have walked by it many, many times, but I have yet to buy something from the Cobbler Factory. I would like to check it out, but everytime I'm near there, I'm full. I want to go when I'm really craving cobbler. :)

                            1. re: katkoupai

                              That would be a very specific craving, indeed! :-)

                            2. re: onebite

                              Cobbler Factory is excellent. Get a cobbler "a la mode" ! Perfect combination of delicious hot cobbler with a scoop of ice cream melting over.