For my most recent LA Cupcakes MeetUp a group of 15 of us hit up Buttercake Bakery again, but this time we tried their new digs in West Hollywood, which just opened on April 14th. The owners were recently at the cupcake challenge and invited my group back to try their mocha, butter cream, peanut butter, coconut, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes once again. They still have their original shop in West LA too, but their new one on Sunset Boulevard is much larger and in a very chic neighborhood. What I like most about this bakery though is their wide selection of baked goods that go beyond cupcakes (lemon bars, petit fours, chocolate espresso cookies), but I also like their cream cheese cupcake frosting on their coconut and red velvet cupcakes. Even better is that they offer both standard sized cupcakes for $2.25 and mini cupcakes, which are only 75 cents! By far the cheapest minis that I've found.
In March meanwhile, we ventured up to Pasadena to try Polkatots Cupcakes, which also makes cakes and sells candy in their welcoming and vibrant shop. Some of their everyday cupcake flavors include coco-loco, vanilla princess, dalmatian, lemonade, happy monkey, strawberry shortcake, red diva and bunny hop. According to their two professional female chefs, Melany and Alma, they are enemies of shortening or artificial flavorings since they love the real stuff! My favorites were their strawberry shortcake, strawberry lemonade and Dulce De Leche. Minis: $1.50; regular: $3.00. A week after our meetup Polkatots won Best Overall for their Dulce De Leche cupcake in the cupcake challenge. Congratulations!