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Nov 14, 2008 06:42 PM

The BEST Red Velvet cake in NYC

ISO the very, very best.

Have never tasted it + I want to knock someone's socks off at Thanksgiving.

Must be from a NYC bakery.

Must be reasonably price.


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  1. Amy's has a good version, but I'd suggest going out to Cake Man Raven in Brooklyn.
    Whatever you do, don't go to Magnolia...

    4 Replies
    1. re: Lucia

      I can not understand all the chow-talk about Magnolia.
      Everything I have had from there is dry and tasteless.

      1. re: Lettucepray

        i agree , I was looking for a cup cake and someone suggested me Magnolia, i really didnt like at all. I recently went to a party at Gasenvoort hotel roof top and they had the birthday cake in cupcakes, made by them.... i loved , was my first Red Velvet, i really liked , even the frosting was great.

        1. re: Lettucepray

          agreed...GOD AWFUL! The only reason it's hyped (or was) is because it was on sex and the was down the hatch....enough said..

          1. re: Lettucepray

            Magnolia really is the reason Red Velvet became a craze. The quality has gone downhill, first after the breakup of ownership to form Buttercup Bakery, and then subsequently just to handle the volume. Even at their best, they were making very basic old fashioned cakes from another era, when that wasn't in style.

            Magnolia Bakery
            401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

            Buttercup Bake Shop
            973 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

        2. Two little red hens on 2nd ave betweem 85/86

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          1. re: UES Mayor

            Second Two Little Red Hens. Homerun.

            1. re: apple342

              Third vote for Two Little Red Hens. It's the best I've been able to find.

              Two Little Red Hens
              1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

            2. re: UES Mayor

              Sorry to be the voice of dissent here, but the worst Red Velvet Cake I've ever had was from Two Little Red Hens. Dry vanilla cake and food coloring hiding under an overly sweet over-iced cake doesn't really cut it. I would prefer one of the packaged cakes they sell at Dagistino's supermarket.

              Cake Man Raven makes a great version.

              Two Little Red Hens
              1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

              1. re: sugartoof

                Personal preference - I love TLRH's red velvet cake but didn't care for Cake Man Raven's at all.

                1. re: uwsister

                  Of course, but I don't believe Two Little Red Hens is a traditional version.

                  BTW - Did you have the cake itself or just the cupcakes?

                  1. re: sugartoof

                    Well, cream cheese frosting isn't traditional, and that's what TLRH frosts their red velvet cakes with - so no, their version is definitely not traditional. I still prefer cream cheese frosting to cooked buttercream on my red velvet cakes though, tradition be damned.

                    I've tried both cupcakes and regular cakes at TLRH - I actually had a wedding cake tasting there so I had a good opportunity to try regular versions of all their popular cakes (red velvet, Brooklyn Blackout, etc.)

                    If you like Cake Man Raven's red velvet, you might like Make My Cake's version - both super-moist and dense cakes.

                    Make My Cake
                    2380 7th Ave, New York, NY 10030

                    Make My Cake
                    121 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10026

                    1. re: uwsister

                      Cream cheese can be considered traditional (certainly over a straight buttercream, as Amy's Bread does it).

                      Two Little Red Hens sells a cake that is red in color, that's about it.

                      Amy's Bread
                      672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

            3. Billy's Bakery makes great Red Velvet cup cakes

                  1. re: RGR

                    Princeofpork's post was from 2008.

                    1. re: loratliff

                      Still helpful as a reminder for those reading the revised thread.

                1. Baked bakery in Red Hook has a really good red velvet!