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Best Blackout cake in NYC?

deepfatfried Jan 17, 2008 11:31 AM

Where can I get a great blackout cake?

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    Tay Jan 17, 2008 11:42 AM

    You said the Best, right?..
    .Sorry... You'll have to journey to (gasp!) SI

    1. Miss Needle Jan 17, 2008 12:19 PM

      Two Little Red Hens. That's where I got my moist delicious wedding cake.

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        theannerska Jan 17, 2008 05:36 PM

        Second this amazing place -- chocolate cake, fudge frosting, topped with chocolate pudding and some chocolate shavings.

        The Brooklyn Cream cupcake is my personal favorite; also comes in cupcake size for easier sampling.

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          Lucia Jan 17, 2008 06:07 PM


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          roze Jan 17, 2008 12:19 PM

          Great Blackout Doughnut at Doughnut Plant!!

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            Tay Jan 17, 2008 12:24 PM

            Even though there is a world of difference between Blackout cake and a 'blackout' donut, I am curious as to where "Doughnut Plant" is located.
            Care to enlighten me?

            1. re: Tay
              TipsyMcStagger Jan 17, 2008 12:32 PM

              SE corner of Essex and Grand (on Grand).


              And Japan and Seoul :)

              1. re: TipsyMcStagger
                Tay Jan 17, 2008 12:37 PM

                Thanks, Tips! (What a cool sn)
                Truth told, I'll probably be in Japan before I make it to Essex and Grand, :-}

            2. re: roze
              moh Jan 17, 2008 06:42 PM

              I love that Donut!!!!! Donut Plant: 379 Grand

              (I live in Montreal. I can't even remember my own address. But I know the Donut Plant address. What can I say...)

              1. re: moh
                maisonbistro Jan 18, 2008 11:55 AM

                So what exactly is blackout cake? And pray tell, how do you turn that into a great donut????

                1. re: maisonbistro
                  moh Jan 18, 2008 01:03 PM

                  Hello NYC chowhounds! I'll need your help to answer about the cake! Although Theannerska makes mention in her post of "- chocolate cake, fudge frosting, topped with chocolate pudding and some chocolate shavings." Sounds divine, and I shall certainly need to put Two Little Red hens on my list of MUST-DO's for my next visit.

                  Re donut: The donut is a rich chocolate cake donut, and they have injected chocolate pudding-like substance into the center of each side of the donut. Perfect filling-to-donut ratio (like their brilliantly engineered jelly donuts). To die for.

                  1. re: maisonbistro
                    guttergourmet Jan 19, 2008 01:18 PM

                    Ebinger's Bakery in Brooklyn (RIP) invented what I can only describe as a quivering mound of chocolate fudgelike pudding shaped into a cake and held together with crumbs of chocolate cake. Entenmann's did a decent imitation. Two Little Red Hens is close and come in cupcake size and the Donut Plant's novel donut version is great for a quick fix.

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                      moh Jan 19, 2008 08:02 PM

                      Ok that settles it. Maisonbistro, we are clearly going to have to drive to NYC soon and pick one of these up....

                      OHHH! The hubbie has offered to make us one if we can find a recipe!!!!

                      1. re: moh
                        guttergourmet Jan 20, 2008 07:59 AM

                        Dean & DeLuca carries Two Little Red Hens "Brooklyn Blackout Cake" but unlike an authentic one they put fudge frosting on top. The original is crumbs all over-no frosting.

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                Gelaine Jan 17, 2008 06:19 PM

                Another vote for Two Little Red Hens. (On 2nd AVe. near 86th St,... and I think in Brooklyn ????)

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                  HankyT Jan 18, 2008 06:09 AM

                  Yeah, 8th Ave and 12th Street-ish. Park Slope.

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                    UES Mayor Jan 19, 2008 03:03 AM

                    Was sold-different name now but I am sure same things. Don't remember the name.

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                      Peter Cuce Jan 19, 2008 05:12 AM

                      It wasn't sold. The two partners had different visions about expansion, so the Brooklyn partner kept her branch and renamed it LadyBird Bakery.

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                    jens Jan 19, 2008 05:03 AM

                    I've also seen the Two Little Red Hens Blackout cake sold at Dean & DeLuca in Soho. I've had the same from the Brooklyn location and it is one of the best desserts I've ever had.

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                      moh Jan 19, 2008 08:25 AM

                      I may have to move the dates of my next NYC trip up. I am drooling with anticipation. Why oh why have I never heard of this Blackout Cake before????

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                        Miss Needle Jan 19, 2008 08:45 AM

                        I'm wondering if it's more of a regional thing. I think it originated from Brooklyn, NY. This was a bit before my time but there was a bakery in Brooklyn called Ebinger's that was well known for it. If you're a chocolate fan, you must try a blackout cake.

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                    iforman2001 Jan 18, 2008 11:47 AM

                    zabars on UWS has a great blackout cake

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                      deepfatfried Jan 18, 2008 05:48 PM

                      I've found out that a company called Carousel Cakes north of NYC makes blackout cakes (wholesale) sold at Zabars, Fairway, Amish mkt. etc. I will try one but I would rather get a cake from a local bakery. So, sounds like the Two Hens is the place.

                      Thanks NYC Chowhounds. Stay crisp -- deepfat

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                      polishpierogi Jan 18, 2008 12:14 PM

                      Sugar sweet sunshine bakery on Rivington

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                        deepfatfried Jan 18, 2008 05:38 PM

                        I love their pudding (choc. bomb). Is it a cake or cupcake?

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