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Better than Brad Pitt?

Polka Dot small cakes, Picture Source: New York Metro Walking down Bleecker Street (admittedly on my way to Magnolia Bakery), I stopped dead in my tracks at the sight of a small sign saying “Polka Dot Cake Studio.” At first I didn’t believe my eyes; I had never heard of this bakery before and I have a tendency to misread signs (my one-track mind once thought a sign for “Philly Cheese Steak” was talking about “Cheesecake”.) After close examination I could see that this sign did indeed say “Cake Studio” and I ran across the street to check it out.

Upon entering the bakery I was immediately drawn in by the bright display case filled with cookies, brownies, pudding and “nicely decorated small cakes” (the bakery’s specialty.) All cakes are uniquely decorated and come in flavors like Passion Fruit, Coconut, Carrot, Dark Chocolate “Blackout,” Lemon and many more. After staring at the case for at least 10 minutes trying to decide what to order, I asked the man behind the counter for advice. The clerk suggested the Passion Fruit cake, but a customer visiting the shop interrupted to put in her vote for the Lemon. As tempted as I was to buy both, I made a last minute switch and decided to go with my favorite dessert, the brownie. In addition to gorgeous cakes, Polka Dot features an incredibly rich, thick brownie named the “Better than Brad Pitt Brownie,” which comes with or without nuts. I’ve never had Brad Pitt, so I can’t speak to the comparison, but I can tell you that these brownies are in a league of their own. A thick layer of chocolate frosting rests on top of a perfectly doughy brownie base filled with chunks of chocolate. That sounds better than most anything to me!

I took my purchase down to the park across the street from Magnolia, and felt great satisfaction with my new find. The line for Magnolia was wrapped around the corner as usual, and I was able to get in and out of Polka Dot Cake Studio without any trouble. Yes, Magnolia may have prettier cupcakes, but the mini cakes and brownies are certainly superior at Polka Dot and you’ll spend your time savoring your selection instead of standing in line for it. The Polka Dot Cake Studio has been around since 2002, and while I wish it continuing success, may it never have the lines that Magnolia does.

Polka Dot Cake Studio
312 Bleecker Street (between Seventh Avenue and Grove Street)
Subway: 1/9 to Christopher Street
(212) 645-0500


Robyn says on May 3rd, 2005 at 8:45 pm:

My roommate got me a miniature chocolate cake from Polka Dot as a Christmas gift last year. I don’t remember much about it besides that IT WAS SO GOOD! I haven’t actually been there since eating the cake (have only passed it a bunch of times) but thanks for reminding me about it. I ended up going to Amy’s Bread today (all these places are too close to each other, methinks) and had a great sticky walnut bread thing and an okay chocolate cookie. Their cakes look really enticing…save that for next time.

Rachel says on May 4th, 2005 at 9:02 am:

yum! I’ve always thought Magnolia cupcakes taste like sawdust so it’s good to hear of another bakery (that’s good!) in the area.

Candy says on May 5th, 2005 at 12:30 pm:

I love Polka Dot!!! I’ve had their coconut cake and various cupcake offerings — so good and simple. Their cupcakes are light as air.

Janet says on May 5th, 2005 at 1:48 pm:

Yum! Sounds delicious. However, I do have to say that I would take Brad over a brownie any day.

Jennifer A. says on May 6th, 2005 at 2:29 pm:

the one WITHOUT the nuts is more like the real thing…

keiko says on May 8th, 2005 at 4:12 am:

I wish I could live in NY…

erica says on February 25th, 2006 at 3:18 pm:

today, 2-25-06, i went down to polka dot to grab some cupcakes….. shop gone with out a fowarding address .. RIP polka dot

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