Top Temptations of 2014

Friends, it’s time. Time to reflect upon the year’s frosted adventures around Southern California and distinguish my favorite experiences.

Needless to say, preparing the Top Temptations of 2014 is a challenging endeavor. So, I’ll keep it alphabetical rather than numerical.

However, I did alter the guidelines a bit.

  1. 2014 must be the first year I’ve reviewed desserts from the establishment
  2. Any desserts, including hybrids, are permitted

All right, let’s get down to business.

Fonuts ~ With a sweet assortment like Blueberry Earl Grey and savory selections like Rosemary Olive Oil, this Los Angeles shop left me wanting more. And because their faux-donut is baked or steamed, not fried, it’s okay to indulge.

Georgetown Cupcake ~ Some may think the last thing LA needs is another cupcake shop. But the stars of hit series DC Cupcakes on TLC are a welcome addition with their delicious cake, generous frosting, and fair prices.

Polkatots ~ I still have dreams about their super moist Pistachio Cupcake. Selected as one of the Best of LA by LA Weekly, this Pasadena shop doesn’t use a lot of frosting. Instead, it’s just enough to enrich their flavor infused cake.

Sugarbird Desserts ~ This baker in Redlands earned my first 5 star review! The price is right, the quality is good, and the homemade taste is exceptional. Not to mention the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie was epic.

Sweet Epies ~ A newcomer to Riverside, the small restaurant nearly brought me to tears with their luscious Lemon Cupcake. Then, they upped their game with down home Sweet Potato Cupcake. I hope to see more from them in the year ahead.

The Iron Press ~ Some mash-ups are magic. Like the Wookie (half cookie, half waffle) made from chocolate chip cookie dough baked in a waffle iron. Named one of the Best Desserts in Orange County for 2014, once pressed, the waffle-shaped cookie is then topped with French vanilla ice cream and drizzled in chocolate sauce.

The MILK Shop ~ My senses were overstimulated at this LA shop. Surrounded by scrumptious cookies, brownies, blondies, cakes, and more, my biggest problem was making a decision.

The Pie Hole ~ This is not your mama’s pie. Well, unless she makes “Crack” Maple Custard Pie, or a Chocolate Crostata that resembles a decadent brownie in a buttery cookie crust. No wonder I couldn’t get enough.

Truly Madly Sweetly ~ There’s more than wine in Temecula. Consistently voted a Best Bakery by readers of Inland Empire Magazine, I had my first Elvis foodie experience. Who knew a banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting and bacon would taste so good?

Viva Los Cupcakes ~ Drawing inspiration from Mexican regional foods and desserts to create unique cupcake flavors; owner, Karina Jimenez made a lasting impression at the 2014 IE Cupcake Fair and with this Frosting Fanatic. I’ve never tasted anything like her Tamal con Mole.

Congratulations to those who made the list!

Here’s to a new year of sweet temptations.

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