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Best Bakery for Birthday cake

TheWinechick Jul 2, 2007 06:25 PM

Need to find the best bakery in Manhattan that makes the best cake for a birthday party that isn't a fortune?

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  1. fayehess RE: TheWinechick Jul 2, 2007 06:52 PM

    I think Magnolia is still a good bet for birthday cakes. I always think of the best cakes as being homey and lovely and delicious, and you can't wait to cut into them and you don't feel like you're breaking into a piece of artwork.

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      TheWinechick RE: fayehess Jul 2, 2007 07:18 PM

      Anybody ever have Lady M cakes? Are they worth it?

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        Chef D Quizzing RE: TheWinechick Jul 2, 2007 07:52 PM

        NO. Way overpriced and so disappointing. Don't go to Lady M. Bad, bad, bad.

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          dorian RE: Chef D Quizzing Jul 2, 2007 09:02 PM

          Yup, wayyyyy overpriced. They sell cakes by the slice if you're interested in anything in particular.

          I like Two Little Red Hens. Veniero's and the bakery on the corner of the same block is also very good.

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          Lucia RE: TheWinechick Jul 3, 2007 08:24 AM

          It's been a couple of years, but I've had the mille crepes cake and thought it was worth it, despite the hefty price tag. My favorite for traditional cakes is Billy's.

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        Chef D Quizzing RE: TheWinechick Jul 2, 2007 07:56 PM

        Sugar Sweet Sunshine won't break the bank. And they make everything on site.


        For an impressive and delicious cake for a more money, Tomkins Square Bakery is the bomb diggity:


        I've only eaten some cake from them, didn't buy it so don't know how much it was, but they make all their stuff on site, too.

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          batterypark RE: TheWinechick Jul 2, 2007 08:05 PM

          Rocco's on Bleeker Street.

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            jackieparis RE: batterypark Jul 3, 2007 03:38 AM

            I think Two Little Hens has excellent cakes. I recently purchased a birthday cake from there and it was a huge hit!

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              chompchomp RE: jackieparis Jul 3, 2007 08:29 AM

              The Brooklyn Blackout Cake from Two Little Red Hens is outta this world.

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            AndreaLynn RE: TheWinechick Jul 3, 2007 09:24 AM

            amy's bread.. i got the chocolate cake with chocolate frosting -- responses to it went something like "this is the best bday cake i've ever had." wonderful!

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              Cookiepuss RE: AndreaLynn Jul 3, 2007 09:39 AM

              I got a beautiful cake at Cupcake Cafe, and it was very delicious. The cakes are very "girly" with gorgeous icing flowers. There are two locations. Not too pricey. I was the hit at the bridal shower with this confection!

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                Blewish RE: Cookiepuss Jul 5, 2007 01:14 PM

                I just want to say that I ordered my wedding cake and cupcakes from Cupcake Cafe and they were ALL delicious. We ordered a 6" cake for the top and for cutting and then we ordered 3 flavors of cupcakes for the tiers and for guests. Not only was it incredibly reasonable and went with the feel of our wedding, but they were delicious. It is over a month after my wedding and people are still telling me and my husband how much they loved the cupcakes. If we did not have the cake on the top, we would not have even tasted the cupcakes. I say go with Cupcake Cafe!

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                chompchomp RE: AndreaLynn Jul 3, 2007 11:05 AM

                I gotta say though...I got the red velvet cake from Amy's for my birthday. While the cake was good, the frosting was like a slick layer of butter that was so overwhelming I had to scrape it off. I hope the chocolate is better!

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                TheWinechick RE: TheWinechick Jul 3, 2007 12:04 PM

                Thank you for all the great recommendations.

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                  ammel_99 RE: TheWinechick Jul 3, 2007 12:27 PM

                  If you into chocolate, the Blackout cake from Duane Park Patisserie is divine.

                2. shirlotta RE: TheWinechick Jul 3, 2007 01:16 PM

                  the little pie co has really moist, yummy cakes at a reasonable price. unfortunately, they don't do cake decoration on the spot. of course, you could take it home and decorate it yourself for a personalized cake...

                  otherwise, chinatown bakeries have lovely fruit cakes that are very light and fluff, not too sweet, and very pretty with all the fruit on top. i think fay da should have them. unfortunately when i go to chinatown i rarely note the names of the shops i go into.

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                    itstangy RE: TheWinechick Jul 3, 2007 01:27 PM

                    Japanese Cake at Cafe Zaiya 18E 41st Street.
                    Very light, fresh and fluffy; delicious!! I normally get the Strawberry one.

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                      lemonyc RE: TheWinechick Jul 5, 2007 12:57 PM

                      ive had some really amazing birthday cakes from financier, in the financial district...

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                        hersky2000 RE: TheWinechick Jul 6, 2007 04:48 PM

                        Soutine on the UWS does an amazing strawberry shortcake that has always been a hit for birthdays.

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                          yumpetal RE: TheWinechick Jul 6, 2007 05:47 PM

                          I really like the Blackhound Bakery on 2nd avenue. I have gotten cakes there several times and they have all been delicious and beautiful.

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                            sleepdawg RE: TheWinechick May 24, 2008 05:33 PM

                            Thanks for the recommendations for Two Little Red Hens. I used them for a birthday cake this week - a Brooklyn Blackout with the frosting flowers - and it was fantastic. Extremely moist, filled with chocolate pudding, and an excellent buttercream frosting that was NOT excessively shortening-heavy. The chocolate flavor was rich, and the cake layers were well set, not haphazard.

                            I trained and worked for years as a patissier and heartily recommend their work.

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