Birthday Cake Recommendations - Cobble Hill
Last year, for our son's first birthday we got overwhelming recommendations for Monteleone's for a birthday cake, so that is where we went. It was not only delicious, but excellently priced. Well, since they're done, we need a new spot for a cake, preferably not well overpriced. In other words, I know Sweet Melissa's and Downtown Atlantice, for 2 examples, have great cakes, but we don't really feel like spending that kind of money on a 2 year old's birthday cake. Any recs would be appreciated.
You might try Marquet or Baked. There's also Almondine in DUMBO. Not sure if they do cakes. I guess these places aren't so cheap however. I have noticed that Downtown Atlanic has those huge cupckes in the window, maybe you could do something with cupcakes. OR try an ice cream cake from Ben & Jerry's?
Ben and Jerry's doesn't make a great cake. We looked last year.
MArquet or baked aren't cheap. We got a cake from downtown Atlantic for a friend's birthday, essentially like a giant cupcake, for $125 with no decorations on the top.
If push came to shove, we could just get a bunch of cupcakes from them, but I'd like more. Maybe we will end up with a Carvel cake, which can be had in the Pathmark at the Atlantic Market (where Target is).
I love the chocolate cakes at Caputo's on Court near Sackett, very close to Monteleone's (lemon ices, RIP). Inexpensive, delicious, and kid-birthday-appropriate. Marquet's cakes are beautiful, but I can't see paying those prices for a 2 year old either.
We got an enormous 12" birthday cake at Two Little Red Hens on 8th Avenue for about $85: it could easily have served 32 people. (Definitely trust their assessment on how many people a cake will generously feed!)
They let you choose from standard cake, filling & icing flavors, so you can mix & match. We got lemon cake & filling with lemon creme icing. Not only was it absolutely delicious, but the thing was a work of art, covered in exquisite icing flowers.
Matt, cant really tell where you are coming from on this or who the consumers of the cake will be(adults or kids) or how big.
Costco's cakes are a bargain, maybe $15 for a huge sheet cake and you can order them custom decorated ahead of time. Frankly, they are as good as most of the bakery cakes around (I am exluding bakeries that actually make butter icing with butter, a rare breed) tho they dont have any snob appeal at all.
they also sell a chocolate layer cake that looks nice tho Ive never tried.
There are latin bakeries on 5th in the 40s which make decorated cakes too which might have some kitsch appeal - I like the generally heavier texture of these white cakes and they will make them "tres leches" if you want
Finally, when I was recently away on vacation, my husband "made" his first cake out of a mix we had in the closet - he commented that making "something special" was pretty easy - it is.