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Best Carrot Cake for a Birthday

bxgirl Feb 25, 2014 07:03 PM

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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    bxgirl Feb 27, 2014 06:03 AM

    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
      Pookipichu Feb 27, 2014 06:33 AM

      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
        bxgirl Feb 27, 2014 10:59 AM

        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
          Pookipichu Feb 27, 2014 11:17 AM

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


          1. re: Pookipichu
            bxgirl Feb 27, 2014 01:25 PM

            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
              Pookipichu Feb 27, 2014 02:07 PM

              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.

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      kathryn Feb 26, 2014 08:38 PM

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

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        Pookipichu Feb 26, 2014 07:52 PM

        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. Ttrockwood Feb 26, 2014 04:06 PM

          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. ipsedixit Feb 26, 2014 02:38 PM

            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. coasts Feb 25, 2014 07:08 PM

              Billy's carrot cake is amazing.

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              1. re: coasts
                bxgirl Feb 26, 2014 02:01 PM

                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
                  Monica Feb 26, 2014 06:22 PM

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

                  1. re: Monica
                    bxgirl Feb 26, 2014 06:28 PM

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

                    1. re: bxgirl
                      Monica Feb 27, 2014 06:13 AM


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

                      1. re: Monica
                        bxgirl Feb 27, 2014 10:56 AM

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

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