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best cake in NYC?

alyssabrooke Sep 15, 2008 09:23 AM

I want to order a cake for my sisters bday party. nothing too fancy just delicious. Recent buys have been Billys and 3 Hens. Looking for something truly sugary and delicious.

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    Lucia Sep 15, 2008 12:28 PM

    Both favorites of mine. Amy's is also good if you want something different.

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      Lucia Sep 15, 2008 12:28 PM

      2 of my favorites. I also like Amy's, if you're in the mood for something different.

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        peachtart Sep 15, 2008 02:48 PM


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          mepm231 Sep 18, 2008 01:51 PM

          Baked ... as in Baked in Red Hook Brooklyn? Although this probably belongs in the Outer Borough chat, I was at Baked the other weekend (after my first time at the Red Hook Ballfields) and Baked has the best cupcake in NYC (and excellent brownies).

          Also excellent bakeries: Amy's Bread, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, Crumbs (although it's a chain, IMO they still make excellent cake and awesome B&W cookies), and Babycakes (esp. for those who are allergic to gluten).

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            peachtart Oct 15, 2008 04:26 AM

            It doesn't need to be in the outer borough chat. They deliver!!

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          AngelBird Sep 17, 2008 08:39 PM

          YOU MUST get it from Sugar Sweet Sunshine on Rivington in the LES and they will delivery almost anywhere the messenger will go.
          It's so old school, more old school than Billy's.
          There cupcakes have a nice thick frosting on moist cake.
          They can do special cakes and if they ever have left over batter from a special cake, like strawberry, the turn them into cupcakes for us.
          I think their classic vanilla/vanilla is amazing as well as their lemon and their sexy red velvet.

          1. ketchupgirl Sep 22, 2008 02:33 PM

            The chocolate cake with chocolate frosting from Little Pie Co is fudgy and old fasioned and very dense.

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              ernie0716 Sep 22, 2008 05:16 PM

              Cupcake cafe on ninth ave. has a really good maple walnut cake, and beautiful flower decorations.

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                a_and_w Oct 14, 2008 07:48 AM

                I really loathe their cupcakes -- does the regular cake have that same nasty frosting?

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                  sugartoof Oct 20, 2008 10:23 AM

                  You mean you don't like the tastes of whipped butter globed together and then lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar ?

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                theaman Sep 22, 2008 05:43 PM

                You cannot go wrong with Buttercup Cafe on 2nd in the 50's.

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                  sugartoof Sep 22, 2008 06:43 PM

                  I just had a Buttercup cupcake today, and something just wasn't right about it. pretty good icing, but terribly dry cake that was lacking in something. Even the cakes looked a little off for some reason. It was night an day from what I had about a year ago. I recently made the box mix, and it's superior to whatever Buttercup is serving.

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                    kathryn Sep 22, 2008 07:38 PM

                    Ditto -- I love sweets but couldn't finish their cupcake. I've tried twice. The cake always tastes dry and a little off somehow (chemically?). The frosting is sweet but chalky.

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                  Lau Sep 22, 2008 06:47 PM

                  there is that place in tribeca, which im totally blanking on that is on greenwich...its not a normal retail bakery, it generally caters to restaurants...literally its like walking into a small factory. Anyhow, they have unbelievable cakes especially their chocolate cake (i dont even really like chocolate cake)

                  can someone help me here with the name?

                  i like some of the places people have mentioned here, but this places beats all of them

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                    kathryn Sep 22, 2008 07:36 PM

                    Umanoff & Parsons?

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                      Lau Sep 22, 2008 07:38 PM

                      yeah thats it

                      their chocolate cake is amazing


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                      squid kun Oct 13, 2008 11:10 PM

                      Haven't tried the cakes but I've had very nice fruit pies from there. At least one year they were even open early in the day on Thanksgiving.

                      Umanoff and Parsons
                      467 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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                        a_and_w Oct 14, 2008 07:50 AM

                        Someone (kathryn?) mentioned on another thread that the Greenwich branch of Umanoff & Parson's is no longer open.

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                          Lau Oct 14, 2008 05:12 PM

                          thats right, i checked their website and they moved to the bronx (I'm sure rent is a heck of a lot cheaper)...you can get them to deliver, but you need to order a bunch or pay a fee if its less than that

                          its a bummer, they really had some very solid product

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                            a_and_w Oct 15, 2008 08:40 AM

                            According to kathryn (sorry to keep talking about you like you're not here LOL!) they'll be opening another branch in Manhattan at 110th St.

                            BTW, have you tried the chocolate pecan pie? Transcendant...

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                              Lau Oct 15, 2008 11:44 AM

                              oh really? i hope so, i used to work in tribeca and people would always get cakes for bdays....so good

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                                kathryn Oct 15, 2008 01:03 PM

                                :) Their site says

                                "Our new office/warehouse will be temporarily located in the Bronx until our new baking facility at 1751 Park Ave is completed this summer."

                                That's 121st and Park...

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                                  racer x Oct 16, 2008 02:34 PM

                                  I called them yesterday. Their new place in Harlem is not due to open now until January.
                                  You can call in an order in advance to their Bronx baking site (which does not have a retail counter) and then pick it up or have it delivered.

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                        mahler5 Oct 16, 2008 09:32 AM

                        No contest. Order one from Good Enough to Eat, which is on Amsterdam and 84th.

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                          kam0424 Oct 17, 2008 12:58 PM

                          Does "How Sweet It Is" or "Batch" do cakes or just cupcakes? If they do cakes, it might be something a bit different.

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                            mepm231 Nov 5, 2008 07:48 AM

                            Both How Sweet it Is and Batch do cakes. Went to How Sweet it Is for the first time this weekend. Excellent flavorful and moist cupcakes. Batch is also good, but has some very different flavor combinations (i.e. Green Tea & Chocolate).

                          2. thevillagevegetable Oct 20, 2008 01:57 PM

                            baked is the best.

                            i had billy's ice box cake lately. to die for.

                            black hound in the east village has amazing cakes! the one with the bee on it is the best (can't remember the official name). go there and check it out if you're not familiar with it. they have at least 3-4 samples of their cakes out at any given time. worth the trip either way.

                            i also love sugar sweet sunshine in the LES. best banana cream cake i've had.

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                              Sweet Freak Oct 20, 2008 03:26 PM

                              I'll echo the love for Baked, Billy's, Amy's and Sugar Sweet Sunshine: Delicious, moist cake and not-too-sweet frosting.

                              As well, Betty Bakery in Brooklyn.

                              If you change your mind and want fancy, Lady M would be pretty incredible.

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                                bill t Oct 21, 2008 08:49 AM

                                Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Bay Ridge.....the best ever!....I think they deliver too!

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                                  FNY Oct 21, 2008 02:12 PM

                                  Admittedly my suggestion is fancy, but it is sooo delicious -- the crepe cake at Lady M.

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                                    sammyw111 Oct 21, 2008 02:48 PM

                                    Caffe Falai has a great crepe cake as well. I think it's called the Creme Brulee Crepe Cake.

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                                    foodwhisperer Oct 21, 2008 09:55 PM

                                    Ceci Cela on Spring St. has great cakes. Veniero's birthday cakes are always good. There are some specialty artist bakers that make amazing special order cakes , some costing $1000 or more but it didnt sound like that was what you were looking

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                                      mimosa1 Oct 23, 2008 12:26 PM

                                      I discovered Nine Cakes at the Atlantic Avenue Street Festival, and they offer great flavors. Their cakes and cupcakes are made-to-order. Nine Cakes lists their flavors and prices on their website which is www.ninecakes.com

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