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Fans of sweet treats and decadent delights listen up, while some might think a trek to Pasadena is a long haul, believe me, time spent visiting ConfeXion Cupcakes + Cakes is as sweet as can be. After winning two championships on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and earning numerous “Best Of” awards, aunt and nephew team Vandy Altounian and Anthony Valerio decided it was time to expand their bakery by combining bold flavors with artful designs to reinvent gourmet favorites.


ConfeXion Cupcakes + Cake is home of the quintessential gourmet cupcake made from scratch by Cupcake Wars champions.

“We combine bold flavors with beautiful, unique designs,” says the team of Altounian and Valerio. “Our cupcakes are baked fresh daily using only the finest ingredients including local farm fresh dairy, fresh fruits and citrus zests, pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract and exquisite European chocolates. All of our frostings, caramels, custards and fillings are handcrafted in our bakery. None of our cupcakes or confections contains preservatives or hydrogenated oils and are always baked in small batches throughout the day to ensure they are at their finest.”

On National Donut Day, they baked the insanely delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate + Churo Ice Cream Sandwich, which literally blew away taste buds. Making the loveable Mexican Hot Chocolate bar into chocolate ice cream and putting that into a “sandwich” made out of churos, a fried-dough pastry sometimes referred to as a Spanish doughnut, was simply genius.

ConfeXion’s ever-growing list of flavors includes everything from sophisticated grown-up favorites like biscotti, tiramisu, margarita and peach bellini to the childhood delights of peanut butter cookie, s’mores, Lucky Charms and strawberry lemonade. They even offer daily gluten-free options.

Popular treats include Royal Red Velvet, Chocolate + Chocolate, Vanilla + Vanilla, Black + White, and Vanilla + Milk Chocolate. A personal favorite Daily Special treat I was lucky to try was the mouthwatering Salted Caramel.

If you find yourself in Pasadena or are in the mood for some out-of-this-world desserts, you won’t regret a visit to ConfeXion Cupcakes + Cakes for treats you won’t soon forget.

ConfeXion Cupcakes + Cakes is located at 11 West Dayton Street in Pasadena. Call 626-486-9977. Closed Mondays.








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