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Best Red Velvet Cake in Hudson Valley Area?

sash007 Mar 11, 2009 01:26 PM

I know Lulu's has a red velvet cake but I've never tried it. People rave about Lulu's but haven't heard someone who's ever tried their red velvet. If I order from Lulu's and don't customize, do I need to order ahead to reserve one? There's also Carousel Cakes that Oprah named her favorite red velvet cake in 2005 or 2006. But I'm not a big big fan. It's only ok. I want this cake to be spectacular!

What are some other bakeries that make good red velvet cake in the Westchester/Rockland area? It's my sister's favorite kind of cake and I'm planning to order one for her baby shower, not sure if I want to customize it or not.

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    rkaene Aug 7, 2009 01:55 PM

    Lulu's cafe in W. Nyack has great cakes & cupcakes. Why is it that the red velvet places all have similar names?

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      zhelder Aug 7, 2009 11:06 AM

      Carousel Cakes in Nanuet makes an excellent red velvet cake. It was an Oprah "Favorite Thing" a couple of years ago.

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        Mama2Four Aug 6, 2009 06:24 PM

        Have you checked out Lanie Lou's cafe in Blauvelt? They have the best Red Velvet cupcakes, ALL of the desserts are unbelievable. Not sure of the address but they do have a website which includes their menu, google Lanie Lou's Cafe

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          legendarystarbolt Jul 17, 2009 06:46 PM

          Lanie Lou's Cafe in Blauvelt has phenomenal red velvet cupcakes and an even better coconut cake. It's across from Bailey's Smokehouse so it's a great dessert after delicious bbq.

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            MRS Jul 17, 2009 04:22 PM

            What about Baked? http://bakednyc.com/page/cakes-and-tr...
            They ship! The stuff looks amazing and everyone I know who has had their cakes says it is to die for.

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              MarLinda Jul 17, 2009 03:27 PM

              I had Lulu's last year. Drove about an hour to get it from CT. It was truly worth it. I have also tried the Cakeman Raven's cake which I felt was overated. Not bad, just not the best I have ever had. The most memorable cake is from Dough Boy's from L.A. Frank is the owner and the baker;expensive with shipping ($75) but worth every penny! I have just once made my own with store bought cake mix and icing. I then added marachino cherry juice and let it soak in while it's warm before being iced. There is a coffee shop in Norwak called Caffeine who sells a half way decent offering.

              1. chowdom Jun 4, 2009 03:59 PM

                We thought http://www.debbiesoulfulsweets.com/ red velvet was very good. Lola's teahouse in Pelham used to sell it by the slice, I don't know if they still do. I don't think Lloyd's red velvet is very good at all its very dry,not nearly as good as their carrot cake. I agree that X20 red velvet is great.

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                  rich51 Apr 11, 2009 05:21 PM

                  also would give a conditional vote for LLoyd's, just had their carrot cake for the first time and would definitely recommend it, did not try the red velvet though and very reasonable price too

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                    Retrokitch Apr 10, 2009 01:44 PM

                    The only red velvet cake I've had in Westchester was from Riviera for my daughter's birthday - dry and tasteless. However, there was an article in the NYT last year about a woman in Tarrytown who will bake cakes to order, and the red velvet cake looked so good that I jotted down the website: www.debbiesoulfulsweets.com . I'd suggest checking that one out!

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                      Nancy C Apr 10, 2009 08:08 PM

                      I've not had their red velvet cake, but had an outstanding carrot cake from Lloyds in Riverdale/Bronx last weekend. Worth the little drive. Had great cream cheese frosting, and they did have red velvet cake on the menu.

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                        shoekittykat May 28, 2009 06:19 PM

                        where exactly is lloyds?

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                          Nancy C May 31, 2009 04:22 AM

                          In Riverdale, near Manhattan College. I don't know the address off hand and have only been there once.


                          Worth the trip, in my opinion. Had awesome carrot cake from there, assuming red velvet will follow suit.

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                            Sra. Swanky May 31, 2009 06:38 AM

                            Here's Lloyd's address:

                            6087 Broadway
                            Riverdale, NY 10471

                            It's right off the Saw Mill/Hen Hud Pkwy. Been a huge fan of their carrot cakes for years. I still haven't tried their red velvet, but plan to. Definitely try a slice - all of their goodies are very reasonably priced too.

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                        SharonNY Mar 11, 2009 03:00 PM

                        It's not a bakery, but X20 Xaviar's on the Hudson had the best Red Velvet Cake I've ever tasted, and I'm not even a huge fan of Red Velvet Cake. Maybe it's worth giving them a call and seeing if they'd do a whole cake for you.

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                          i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 11, 2009 05:26 PM

                          I totally agree!! I still think of that tall, beautiful cake with mascarpone frosting. I have a photo on my cell phone, will try to post it.

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                            shopgirl Mar 11, 2009 05:27 PM

                            Why not bake it yourself? There are tons of recipes online and I plan on using my old, old, old one for my son's groom's cake!

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                              sash007 Mar 12, 2009 05:58 AM

                              I would make it myself but I want people to actually like it. (I'm not a good cook/baker AT ALL. My sister's actualy the one who's the cook in the family but I can't exactly ask her to make her own cake. haha

                              I'll look into x20 xavier's

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                                Sammy Diaz Mar 12, 2009 01:23 PM

                                If you go to Lulu's don't be fooled by their take on a red velvet cake -- it automatically comes with vanilla kind of frosting but NOT cream cheese - -you have to tell them you want cream cheese frosting or you will be disappointed.

                                My brother-in-law had one for his 50th birthday party and they put some kind of crunchy candy praline pecans in the cream cheeese in it it was out of this world.

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