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best bakery for birthday cake in nyc

I want to find a great bakery for a birthday cake - made fresh -not one of those frozen cakes...
so far, i am thinking of: buttercup and magnolia - any suggestions or comments?

thanks!

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    1. re: Lucia

      thanks for the suggestion - can you give me an idea of where its located?

      thanks again!

      1. re: paisley

        Billy's is on 9th Ave btw 22d and 21st

        1. re: Lucia

          that looks delicious! can't believe i've never seen it before! thanks for the idea :)

    2. Couldn't agree with you more!

      1. Cookie cake from milk and cookies bakery on Commerce st.

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        1. re: cecilynyc

          thanks - that place looks great! the only drawback for me is that i am all the way on the UWS and don't think i'd have time to sneak down there!

          1. re: UES Mayor

            yes brooklyn blackout cake, or whatever it is called, is great.

            1. re: chundi

              Yes, I third two red hens... YUM!!!!! Not only tasty but quite beautiful!

          2. Surprised no one has mentioned Black Hound. More interesting than the cupcake bakeries and pretty.