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Best red velvet cake?--not cupcake!

msohenry Aug 13, 2008 12:12 AM

So, I'm really tired of the traditional yellow cake with buttercream frosting. I don't think I can ingest any more of that frosting without feeling like my teeth are going to rot. I've decided to go with a red velvet cake for an upcoming birthday instead. I don't really have a preference between a vanilla and cream cheese frosting, but I would like some thoughts on where to find a great, moist red velvet cake!

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  1. misnatalie RE: msohenry Aug 13, 2008 01:19 AM

    Amy's bread does a nice red velvet by the slice. My friend got the moistest red velvet birthday cake from a lady called cookiefetishnyc.

    1. JungMann RE: msohenry Aug 13, 2008 05:41 AM

      I really like the red velvet cake at Billy's Bakery. The chocolate is a little more ponounced and the cream cheese frosting is just the right balance of sweet and tart. Much better than the cloying buttercream at Magnolia.

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        a_and_w RE: JungMann Aug 13, 2008 11:44 AM

        Second Amy's and Billy's -- I think the latter actually makes their red velvet with no red food coloring.

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          Lucia RE: a_and_w Aug 13, 2008 11:47 AM

          2d both as well.

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          nyccookie RE: JungMann Aug 14, 2008 11:53 AM

          I disagree. I had my bday cake which was a red velvet cake from Billy's and it was so dry. I actually had it for another party and felt the same way.

        3. kcijones001 RE: msohenry Aug 13, 2008 07:48 AM


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            Lucia RE: kcijones001 Aug 13, 2008 11:47 AM

            I think Balducci's red velvet might actually be from 2 Little Red Hens (as are most of their cakes).

          2. MsAlyp RE: msohenry Aug 13, 2008 11:58 AM

            I do know this is the Manhattan board but for anyone who ventures into Brooklyn the "Five Spot Supper Club" on Myrtle Ave by Vanderbilt does it justice.

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              mcporkbun RE: msohenry Aug 14, 2008 12:59 PM

              Rack and Soul on the upper upper west side. And they deliver too!

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                dhs RE: mcporkbun Aug 14, 2008 01:09 PM

                The Rack and Soul Red Velvet comes from Make My Cake, a little further up in Harlem.

                Does anyone offer the Cake Man Raven red velvet cake in Manhattan? That would be a good one to try as well. My palate prefers the CMR version to the MMC.

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                  Miss Needle RE: dhs Aug 14, 2008 10:50 PM

                  Not in Manhattan, but I read they were offering it at some locations of Applebee's in Brooklyn.

                  If you want to make your own, there's a recipe on foodnetwork.com.


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                emilie01 RE: msohenry Aug 14, 2008 01:11 PM

                Make My Cake in Harlem (they have two locations). Very moist cake, cream cheese frosting, and it has this slightly cinnamon-y taste to it. I'm actually not normally a fan of red velvet but I love theirs!

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                  racer x RE: emilie01 Aug 14, 2008 08:33 PM

                  I'd really like to be able to recommend Make My Cake's, but they are not worth a trip (although fine if you are already in the neighborhood).

                  Cake Man Raven's has the best I've had in NYC. Very moist (the sell fast, so you rarely get cake that's been sitting around very long). Just a touch of chocolate flavor in their red velvet cakes. Their other cakes are good too. The shop can be a little disorganized at times, though.

                2. chompchomp RE: msohenry Aug 14, 2008 02:21 PM

                  Really, the best red velvet in the five boroughs is at Cake Man Raven in Fort Greene -- if you're amenable to going to Brooklyn. Amy's cake is fine, but the icing is way too buttery.

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                    sugartoof RE: chompchomp Aug 14, 2008 07:15 PM

                    This is spot on. Amy's uses more of a buttercream. Cake Man Raven's is the best I've had.

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                      dwagner6 RE: chompchomp Aug 15, 2008 04:06 PM

                      Gotta second the Cake Man Raven. I went there before some movie at BAM, mistakenly thinking a slice would be a good snack during the show. Man...I was winded and comatose halfway through the showing. So moist and good, though.

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