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Red Velvet Cake Hunt! What's the best bakery for a red velvet wedding cake?

marzipanda Sep 20, 2011 04:21 PM

Ugh, so my plans on using Cake Man Raven fell through; I kept going into the CMR shop to make an order for a (VERY simple, no decorations) tiered red velvet cake for 100 people, and the teenagers at the shop kept saying to come in when Cake Man was around. They never knew when he'd stop by, of course, and I should have taken this as a sign to move on... but I REALLY REALLY wanted CMR to make our wedding cake. Today the poor kid at the cash register told me to look elsewhere, as apparently dozens of upset customers were canceling their big orders.

So I need a backup. Ideally I'd love a local Brooklyn bakery with a solid reputation for old school red velvet cakes with cream cheese frosting. Manhattan is OK too, if BK can't come through.

I'm not considering Two Red Hens at the moment because they don't do stacking, and I was hoping for a tiered round cake.

Cake Man Raven
708 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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    lazylghtng Sep 25, 2011 06:00 AM

    One Girl Cookie on Dean St. nr Smith in Boerum Hil -- best cakemaker in Brooklyn, imo. Use them for every imp. occasion and they always come through with flying colors. The most delicious, moist cakes and, yes, they have a superb creamcheese frosting!


    One Girl Cookies
    68 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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    1. re: lazylghtng
      bklynfoodster Sep 27, 2011 05:48 AM

      The best red velvet cake I have EVER had is at the Cake Man Raven in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Nothing even comes close. In years past I have had bad customer service, but recent experiences have been better. It's the absolute best.

      Cake Man Raven
      708 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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      gort Sep 23, 2011 09:05 AM

      Ovenly (ovenlynyc.com) did our wedding cakes and desserts, including a wonderful version of red velvet cake.

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        kariface Sep 23, 2011 08:23 AM

        Maybe Little Cupcake? Their cakes are pretty solid!


        Little Cupcake Bakeshop
        9102 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

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          jaingmaster Sep 21, 2011 07:37 PM

          Not outer boroughs, but my wife and I got a red velvet cake from Sweet Element based in East Orange, NJ for our wedding a few months ago. The cake was outstanding: not at all dry (like red velvet can sometimes be), just a hint of chocolate flavor in the cake, and a good balance between sweet and tart in the cream cheese frosting. Highly, highly recommended.

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            Pookipichu Sep 21, 2011 09:45 AM

            I'm almost loathe to recommend them because I've encountered such attitude problems with the staff recently... but... Baked has the best red velvet cake in my opinion. Their crumb nonpareil, they are unimpeachable in their genre of american classics. The buttercream is not cream cheese, which is a plus in my opinion. The cake is delicately flavored with cocoa and cinnamon and cream cheese frosting can be overpoweringly tangy and sweet. Lastly the cake is more naturally colored, not day-glo red. The bright neon red of other cakes just screams cancer to me.

            359 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            1. Miss Needle Sep 21, 2011 09:15 AM

              I'm really surprised that Two Red Hens (or Ladybird in Brooklyn) won't do stacked cakes. They did my stacked wedding cake. I also saw their wedding cake portfolio and other cakes were stacked. Is this a new thing? Or is it possible that the person misunderstood you?

              1. Sluggo1407 Sep 21, 2011 03:48 AM

                I'd go with this baker. I've seen his stuff on TV and it looks terrific. Also, he does red velvet and delivers to Brooklyn and Manhattan..


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                  tex.s.toast Sep 21, 2011 01:31 AM

                  No clue if they do tiered cakes but if you want old-school, no pretension, just really good cake of the red velvet sort we have been really happy with Lord's Bakery on Nostrand at Flatbush. Aesthetically speaking, they arent beautiful, but i guess id recommend you decide yourself if you like the look/taste as i cant say what people do or do not find attractive (see, for example, momofuku wedding cakes).

                  Lords Bakery
                  2135 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210

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                  1. re: tex.s.toast
                    pgunn Sep 25, 2011 10:26 PM

                    yes, Lord's may be the best red velvet cake i've ever had...

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