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Aug 7, 2007 09:10 AM

Cake Man Raven -- how does one get a cake from there?

Okay, so a colleague from my office has been trying everything to order a cake for the office from Cake Man Raven. She tried calling, no luck. She lives in Ft. Greene, so she went there, no luck. They have all these strange rules like you have to call 7 days in advance, but then when you call they are not taking orders. When she went into the "bakery" there were no cakes. It's a little ridiculous. We were half joking that this may be a case of "a friend of a friend once had this cake and it was delicious" and in actuality, it's really just a money laundering scam or something.

So if you have the password, knock or secret handshake, please let me know what it is. How do we get a cake from this illusive baker?

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  1. That's strange. Maybe they're in a state of decline or something. I've ordered a couple of cakes from them (thought not in the last year), and it was more or less normal. They were a little officious, but nothing extreme. I don't think I ever gave more than a day or two notice.

    1. i know your plight all too well. i wanted a red velvet cakeman cake for my wedding last november. it is truly the best cake i've ever had and it was the first wedding decision i made. i called them 6 months prior to my wedding thinking that would be plenty of time. i spoke with someone who told me it was too early to place an order- call back in a month. i did that too- i left 4 voicemail messages, 3 messages with whoever answers the phone there- no call back. i went to the store and spoke to the counter person- they took my information and told me someone would call. not a chance. about two months before my wedding, fraking out without a cake, my MOTHER called them up furious (shes good for something) and got an appt with cakeman himself. my husband and i showed up on time and cakeman showed up an hour late- no apologies. he took our order- which aparently only he is qualified to do. we paid, crossed our fingers and hoped for the best. i was pretty sure there would be no cake at our wedding...but there it was- perfect and delicious.

      and that is a testament to how good the cake it. i would never put up with such nonsense if it wasnt for that sweet tasting slice of heaven.

      my advice is to buy a slice- if you like it, keep trying. if not, move on.
      good luck!

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      1. re: mrs.L

        sounds like he's harder to pin down than the arepa lady.

        1. re: mrs.L

          I haven't even tried it yet but we're having the same "wedding" dilemma. And I'm already getting the runaround from Smack Mellon re: the space. Hopefully my cake plight will be a little bit easier.

          I need to score a slice and make sure it's right and then try to place an order.

          Were your guests as impressed with the Cakeman as you were. I love my Red Velvet but I'm not sure it's for everyone.

        2. I've had the same experience with them not having any slices. I went to try a slice and they just shrugged at me. Nothing. In fact, there was nothing at all in the refrigerated cases-- not even any whole cakes to purchase. Weird.

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          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

            I recently had a slice of red velvet cake from a little hole in the wall called Mitchell's on Vanderbilt Ave. It was very good. You might want to give them a call and see if they can accomodate you.

          2. I had a similar experience to the other posters, albeit a year ago when I tried to order a birthday cake. The person on the other end of the phone was rather snippy and couldn't care less. Because I clearly didn't know the "rules," whatever they were, they just weren't going to deal with me. I ended up getting a cake at Baked in Red Hook - absolutely delicious; incredible buttercream frosting.

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            1. re: Bookistan

              I'm glad I'm not alone! After reading all these posts, it was my dream birthday cake. But my boyfriend called 4 days in advance, which was apparently not enough time. Instead, we got a red velvet cake from Amy's (great cake, awful frosting)...

              1. re: chompchomp

                There are no excused for their behavior; I do think they are just overwhelmed. They never expanded to meet the demand of all their great reviews. I was there on the weekend recently and there was a line out the door at 10 p.m. and they literally were baking one cake at a time. As an alternative, I'd suggest Two Little Red Hens bakery on 8th Ave in Park Slope. They make a great red velvet cupcake and I would bet they would do a whole cake if you ask. They are nothing but professional and very easy to deal with.

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              1. But the more important question is: why all of the problems for people trying to get cakes?

                1. What are the actual hours and is it still possible to get a slice of cake there? Or only a whole cake? Or maybe no cake?

                  1. re: CornflakeGirl

                    Now I know, this all sounds like a spin-off of the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld.