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Best Carrot Cake for a Birthday

Need a carrot cake for husband's and daughter's joint birthday. Bonus points for Greenwich Village area, and extra bonus points for not-cloyingly sweet (or gritty) icing.
I would be willing to go out of the Village, but would prefer to keep it in Manhattan or nearby Brooklyn.

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  1. Billy's carrot cake is amazing.

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    1. re: coasts

      Thanks, coasts. I think Billy's it will be.
      I would love to hear from others as, well. I hear Lloyd's carrot cake is very good, but it's not anywhere near me.
      Thanks, again

      1. re: coasts

        I did a blind test between billy's and mine and everyone voted for my carrot cake.

        1. re: Monica

          Well, I'd love to get your recipe, then.
          Could you share it?

          1. re: bxgirl


            the best tasting carrot cake in the world..=
            )so much better than Billy's.

            1. re: Monica

              Thanks so much for the link. It looks absolutely doable, and 700 reviews, most of them raves.
              I will try it.

      2. I dunno if this is possible, but Carbone's carrot cake is a mighty fine rendition of the classic.

        No idea if they'd sell you an entire cake, but I suppose it never hurts to ask.

        1. The Hummingbird cake at Buttercup bakery is not strictly carrot cake since it has crushed pineapple as well, but its excellent, dense yet moist with a not too sweet cream cheesey frosting. They also have a classic carrot cake (I prefer the hummingbird version). They offer delivery too:

          1. This might be too far for you, but I really love the carrot cake at Ovenly. It's truly wonderful, and the frosting is a vanilla buttercream instead of cream cheese (not a fan of cream cheese frosting).

            1. Amy's Bread, right on Bleecker St, is a favorite of Serious Eats.

              1. Thanks for all the suggestions!!
                I am intrigued by the suggestion of Ovenly, and might trek over there after I go to Acme fish, one of these Fridays.
                Amy's is certainly close eough that I can drop-in any day.
                I was informed last night that one of the birthday celebrants would prefer cupcakes to a traditional cake, so that it shall be.
                Thanks, all, for the great recommendations, and I will certainly try them out at leisure, without the pressure of geetting it done ASAP!!

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                1. re: bxgirl

                  Just FYI, Ovenly's selection sells out often, if you're interested in them, even just to try their carrot cake cupcakes, I would call them in advance. It has a wonderful texture and a balanced sweetness.

                  Also, you might want to combine a trip to Ovenly with Paulie Gee's.

                  1. re: Pookipichu

                    I need to get a sense of where these places are in relation to Acme Smoked fish.
                    I am not really familiar with that area of Brooklyn, so will have to look at a map and see.
                    If you are familiar with that area, is Acme within walking distance of Ovenly and Paulie Gees?

                    1. re: bxgirl

                      It's a 10 minute walk to Ovenly from Acme Fish. Paulie Gee's is half a block from Ovenly.


                      1. re: Pookipichu

                        Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
                        I really appreciate this.
                        If spring ever arrives here in NYC, I will venture forth and explore Greeenpoint. I actually did wander areound Manhattan Avenue the last time I went to Acme.
                        Now I have another area to explore.
                        Thanks so much, Pooki

                        1. re: bxgirl

                          You're very welcome :) PPS - if you're not in the mood for pizza go to Karczma (down the block from Paulie Gee's), Polish food, really good value. Greenpoint is great.