So, I was looking over the cupcake discussions I could find, and all seemed to be about a year old. I was hoping to get people's updated picks for the best cupcakes in LA.
For my part:
DOTS cupcakes on Arroyo Blvd. in Pasadena has yet to be beat, in my mind. I live right down the street from Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock - walking distance, even - and I'll still hop in my car and drive out to Dots for a great cupcake, no questions asked. The price is right, the cupcakes are consistently fresh and amazing (you can even watch them come out of the oven some days), and they've done a great job with the special orders I've sent their way. The bakery itself is cute, but not so great to eat at (you either sit at a counter inside or outside on the very public sidewalk where, more than once, I've met some interesting characters).
Don't get me wrong - Auntie Em's is fine, but it's a little hit-or-miss. Some days, you find delicious, fresh cupcakes with gooey icing and perfect, moist cake. Other days (in fact, today is one of those days) you buy six mini cupcakes for a somewhat high price and find 2 delicious wonderful cupcakes and 4 dry, crumbly little cake-like lumps sporting crystally icing headgear with all the delicious flavor of frosting, but twice the crunch. I don't know what came over me to go to Em's at lunch today (oh wait - yes I do, it was the amazing B.L.A.S.T. sandwich they serve), but I cannot put into words how devistating it is to eat dry, sad looking, expensive little cupcakes (or, worse than actually eating them myself, agonizing about throwing away or the moral ups and downs of trying to force them on my coworkers) .
Sprinkles, on that note, makes me cry. After reading last year's reviews on the place and even dragging myself 3 hours back and forth across town mid-afternoon one hot day last month to "give it a fair chance", I got park half a mile away to wait in line half an hour for overpriced, dry, "fresh" cupcakes, I will not make the mistake of going there twice. Especially not with DOTS just a few offramps away!
Where else should I try?