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Great Cupcakes/Birthday Cake Recommendations?

AndreaLynn May 20, 2007 04:59 PM

Can anyone recommend where to get good cake or cupcakes in Manhattan without breaking the bank??

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    Lucia RE: AndreaLynn May 20, 2007 05:41 PM

    Billy's: http://www.billysbakerynyc.com/

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      Sammy Diaz RE: AndreaLynn May 21, 2007 07:19 AM

      I like William Greenbergs the best. Magnolia/Buttercup/Billy's...those guys are way too sweet! eeeww! Besides, arent cupcakes cheap anyway?

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        jdream RE: AndreaLynn May 21, 2007 11:59 AM

        I have to recommend Amy's. I've been there many times for all different treats and they are consistently SO good. Last night we tried a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting-- wow! The cake tasted like cocoa, as did the icing. Unlike many other places they didn't overdo the butter or sugar!

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          missesq RE: jdream May 21, 2007 02:23 PM

          I like the cupcakes at CRUMBS, especially the strawberry one. I also love the red velvet cake at Amy's Bread. It's better than all the other red velvet I've had at Buttercup, Billy's, etc.

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            outside25 RE: missesq May 22, 2007 01:33 PM

            I'll put in another vote for CRUMBS - plus, they come in large or small sizes so you can get a variety to share. i'm also a big fan of their frosted cookies - so good!

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          elizabeththinks RE: AndreaLynn May 22, 2007 06:25 PM

          I agree with Amy's as a solid recommendation. Also, try the little pie company for cakes, they're actuall pretty good!

          1. Uptownflavor RE: AndreaLynn May 23, 2007 09:24 AM

            What do you like in a cake? Moist and sweet or dry and not so sweet. I prefer moist and on the sweet side with either a cream cheesy or whipped cream topping. The recommendations - Billy's and Crumbs both were disappointing for me. I found both of them to be very dry and flavorless. The icing was basically a tasteless sugary confection. Not ever like the basic butter creme that mom used to make from scratch. My personal favorite is Make my Cake. They have a location on 116th and another around 137th Street. Their cakes are consistently good, moist and tasty. I've tried a few other places and their cakes are also dry and crumbly but so far great cakes baked fresh daily at MMC.

            1. jmo9 RE: AndreaLynn May 23, 2007 09:32 AM

              blackhound on 2nd ave. they do beautiful work.

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                AndreaLynn RE: AndreaLynn Jun 4, 2007 08:45 AM

                Thank you all! I went with amy's bread in hell's kitchen. I got the chocolate with dark chocolate icing. It was amazing. Comments were made like "this is the best chocolate cake I've ever had."

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                  jdream RE: AndreaLynn Jun 4, 2007 09:38 AM

                  Glad to hear it! That was the reaction I had as well-- really amazing!

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                  Papaya RE: AndreaLynn Jun 4, 2007 11:22 AM

                  the most beautiful and tasty cupcake or cake is Cupcake Cafe!!!

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                    adrouault RE: AndreaLynn Jun 4, 2007 01:16 PM

                    magnolia bakery W. VIllage.

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                      bosox RE: adrouault Jun 4, 2007 01:18 PM

                      i will add my vote for CRUMBS. i frequent the UES location on 78th/3rd. their cupcakes and cookies are always fresh, and they have close to 30 varieties of cupcakes daily! their frosting isn't too heavy and the cake part is moist. the staff has always been very friendly/helpful as well...

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