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Best place to get a birthday cake for husbands 40th bday, couple from out of town.

kiki2U Apr 6, 2011 04:49 PM

We are a couple coming to NYC for my husbands 40th birthday.
The kids are staying home but want to order a fun birthday cake as a surprise.
Nothing too out there because it will just be the two of us and would rather not pay for something we aren't going to be able to eat.
We have watched a fair amount of Cake Boss but would rather find something in the city or Brooklyn (where we are staying)
Thanks for any help.

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    photofinish4 Apr 8, 2011 11:47 AM

    If he is ok with flowers, then the best is Cupcake Cafe - 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue -- or else around 38th street and 9th Avenue - across from the Port Authority. Their cakes are gorgeous --- truly a work of art. I think they can make designs that are not flowers, as well, but you should check. Also, the cake part is less sugary, and the icing is a true buttercream (also less sugary than what you might find at a buttercup or magnolia). You can order a small custom cake, or you can just stop by and pick up what they call a "babycake" for $25. The small size custom cake will come with more decorations, and will be a better "value" -- http://www.cupcakecafe-nyc.com/

    Cupcake Cafe
    18 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

    Cupcake Cafe
    545 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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      veralouise Apr 7, 2011 12:41 PM

      Try Lulu Cake Boutique on 8th Avenue (between 15th and 16th)
      They have gorgeous cakes (custom made if you want) - and unlike some other places, they actually taste really good.

      Lulu Cake Boutique
      112 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: veralouise
        Richard123 Apr 8, 2011 07:23 AM

        Not impressed with Lulu. Had their peanut butter cup cake for a January birthday. It was great looking, fairly expensive (about $40, I think), but leaden and bland. Yes, we took it out of the refrigerator an hour or more before serving, as recommended. It was just okay.

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          Pookipichu Apr 8, 2011 09:01 AM

          Lulu's is a place I want to love and struggle to like. The crumb of many of their cakes is overly wet, uneven, loose and open. The technique in making the cakes is sloppy and they trend on the sweet side. The owner and staff are lovely and the cakes themselves are fine aesthetically but they fail to deliver on execution and balance of flavor.

      2. loratliff Apr 6, 2011 05:28 PM

        I bought a Momofuku birthday cake last week and it was amazing. I had previously only had their birthday cake truffles but the actual cake itself was incredible. Highly recommend. (Plus, it's only a 6" round cake, so we snacked on it for a couple of days, but ended up eating it all.)

        Momofuku Milk Bar
        251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: loratliff
          Miss Needle Apr 6, 2011 05:30 PM

          Are their cakes similar to the cake truffles? Because I found the truffles to be way too sweet and salty for my taste.

          ETA: Never mind -- just remembered that I had a few of their cakes when they opened. I guess they were not memorable in my mind.

          1. re: Miss Needle
            loratliff Apr 7, 2011 09:34 AM

            The cake is sweet, but it has a cream cheese frosting that is not noticeable (or perhaps, not present) in the truffle.

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              Miss Needle Apr 8, 2011 07:04 AM

              I did remember that it wasn't as sweet as the truffles. I guess most people would get kind of ill getting the punch of salty-sweetness in a cake form while they could do it in smaller doses like the truffle.

        2. thew Apr 6, 2011 05:01 PM

          if you liek chocolate - the brooklyn blackout cake at 2 little red hens

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

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          1. re: thew
            Miss Needle Apr 6, 2011 05:17 PM

            Brooklyn's equivalent of 2 Little Red Hens is Ladybird. Their blackout is good, but they also have a large selection of other cakes. The nice thing about Ladybird or 2 Little Red Hens is that they carry small-sized cakes -- good for two people. Red Hens is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Ladybird is located in Park Slope.

            I've actually found a chocolate cake that I like more than 2 Little Red Hens. It's at The Chocolate Room in Brooklyn. There are two locations -- Cobble Hill and Park Slope. It's rich and not too sweet, and their crumb is very tender. Only issue is that I don't believe they carry cakes for two.

            Another suggestion is Blackhound Bakery in the East Village. But I find that the cakes tend to look a bit better than they taste.

            Black Hound
            170 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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