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Red Velvet Cake in the West Village

linakalia Feb 8, 2007 08:15 AM

I need to order a red velvet cake for my brother's birthday and I'm wondering where the best place to do that in the West Village would be. There's always Magnolia, but I also heard Amy's Bread is good. Thanks for any suggestions!

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    Lucia Feb 8, 2007 08:20 AM

    I generally like Amy's bread and Billy's better than Magnolia, but I haven't had the red velvet cake at either.

    1. 280 Ninth Feb 8, 2007 08:25 AM

      I can tell you that both Amy's Bread and Billy's are good, and that Amy's will be the more expensive of the two...Amy's is $42 (I think) and Billy's is about $32-35.

      1. erin07nyc Feb 8, 2007 08:56 AM

        Talk to Deborah at Perry Street Cakes. She works out of her home, everything is completely homemade, and her prices are very reasonable. She's doing my wedding cake. We did taste her red velvet... it was fantastic. There are pics up on her site of some recent birthday cakes she's done.


        1. Nosher Feb 8, 2007 11:41 AM

          I'd go with Amy's (on Bleecker)--it is well worth the extra expense. The cake also freezes beautifully, so if you've got leftovers, you can hang on to them before the cake goes stale.


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          1. nyufoodie Feb 8, 2007 01:22 PM

            Amy's has the best Red Velvet in Manhattan...in Brooklyn, I like Cake Man Raven...very rich though and I know quite a trek in this weather.

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              Matzaball Feb 8, 2007 01:44 PM

              I have tried the red velvet cake at magnolia and billys both bad. If you realy care about your brother there is no choice but to go to Cake Man Raven in Ft Green.

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                nyccookie Feb 8, 2007 02:29 PM

                The red velvet cake I had at Billy's Bakery was dry. Very disappointing.

                I like the red velvet cupcakes at Buttercup.

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                  Koma Feb 8, 2007 02:37 PM

                  Balducci's on 14th and 8th ave carries Red Velvet cake and cupcakes by 2 little Hens or little red hens or something similar. I can't say I am the expert on Red velvet but I do know my cakes and this is outstanding: moist and has a cream cheesey/tangy frosting. I have never had the red velvet at Magnolia's but I have never enjoyed their cupcakes.

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                    danoots Feb 26, 2007 11:27 AM

                    This is absolutely my recommendation as well. The Balducci's always seems to have both the cake and cupcake version of the TLRH red velvet in stock. It's absolutely fantastic! Incredibly moist cake, and slightly tangy, not too sweet icing.

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                      carbonara Mar 1, 2007 07:55 AM

                      Inspired by this post, I stopped by Balducci's and got the Two Little Red Hens cupcake. Absolutely delicious. Dangerously delicious. Beats Amy's, I have to say.

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                    emmielou Feb 8, 2007 02:50 PM

                    Two Little Red Hens is excelllentttt...their bakery is on the Upper East Side somewhere, but if you can get it at Balducci's I would highly recommend. Magnolia (unfortunately) uses buttercream frosting on their Red Velvet instead of the much preferred and much more authentic cream cheese frosting...

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                      xigua Feb 8, 2007 04:49 PM

                      Amy's Bread's red velvet cake is very good and keeps well

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                        lchang Feb 8, 2007 06:48 PM

                        I agree that the Two Little Red Hens cake is the best. I've only bought it at Balducci's. Not sure what size you need but I only remember them selling cupcakes and small cakes.

                        1. bolletje Feb 9, 2007 11:03 AM

                          I live very close to Cake Man Raven and still prefer Amy's red velvet...it's not as sweet. Cake Man's is delicious but starts to make me feel sick because it's so sweet. Amy's on the other hand is more subtle and I think the crumb is more delicate. All of the cakes there are delicious, you can taste the quality of the ingredients and they also somehow taste like home-made. I don't know how they make it...maybe Amy's cakes are made with love?

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                            lchang Feb 26, 2007 10:37 AM

                            i just tried magnolia's red velvet cupcake on a whim while walking by last night, and i have to say it was awful. the cake itself was stale, dry and didn't really have much flavor of any kind. the icing tasted like whipped butter. seriously. it wasn't a cream cheese frosting with the tanginess that i like, and it was different from the overwhelming sugary-ness of their regular cupcakes. just a wierd buttery flavor. stick with amy's or 2 little red hens.

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                              aubrey Feb 26, 2007 11:28 AM

                              I didn't like Billy's Red Velvet Cake. Too dry.

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                                emgoodman Feb 26, 2007 03:01 PM

                                I think Amy's is the best for just about everything BUT red velvet. For red velvet, I think Buttercup is the best, as long as you get it superfresh (in general, I think their cupake turnover isnt quite high enough).

                                1. a_and_w Feb 26, 2007 03:27 PM

                                  I like Amy's and Two Little Red Hens...

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