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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.

            1. Amy's Bakery. Got a chocolate cake for my boyfriend's birthday -- exceptional. Comments I got were "This is the best cake I've ever eaten." I was beyond impressed.

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              1. re: AndreaLynn

                I second Amy's Bakery - their cakes really are the best. yummy and moist. I've also had cake from Billy's and was a little disappointed . . .

                1. re: vanny

                  I really like Amy's too, but I prefer Billy's. Have never been disappointed there, except by the service.

              2. Duane Park on Duane Street in Tribeca.

                1. My vote is always for Cupcake Cafe. Best tasting cakes as well as most beautiful!

                  1. I second the vote for Black Hound. Incredible cakes that are infinitely better than any of those places that specialize in cupcakes.

                    1. Thanks for all of your suggestions! good thing i have a sweet tooth - they all sound great!

                      i think i am leaning toward Billy's.....

                      thanks again

                      1. What about Make My Cake?!? Their cakes are fantastic, especially the coconut and the red velvet.

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                        1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                          wow! i might have to change my plans......

                        2. thanks for all your suggestions! i've been searching all day and after all these great reviews of cupcakes... i may just have to change my idea around ;)

                          1. The
                            Hazelnut Velvet cake at Two Little Red Hens is yummy! (They require orders 3 days in advance.)