9 NYC Bakeries with the Perfect Cakes for Whatever Occasion
It’s someone’s birthday somewhere
Maybe you’ve been tasked with planning your BFF’s next birthday party. Or maybe you made it through a particularly stressful week and still managed to be nice to everyone. (Go, you!) Whatever your reason, these nine NYC bakeries make finding the perfect cake a…piece of cake.
For When You’re Feeling Fancy: Lady M
Try not to feel like a million bucks while eating a mille crêpes cake—a genius invention made up of 20 individual crepes layered with pastry cream.
Multiple locations in Manhattan; ladym.com
For Purists: Ladybird Bakery
The Brooklyn Blackout at this Park Slope institution is the chocolate cake we dream about (it has pudding in it, people).
1112 Eighth Ave. (between 11th and 12th sts.), Brooklyn; 718-499-8108 or ladybirdny.com
For Maximum Instagrammability: Patisserie Tomoko
There’s something whimsical and almost fairy-tale-esque about this bakeshop’s Japanese-inspired pastries, which include green-tea macaron cake and yuzu mousse cake.
568 Union Ave. (between Richardson and Frost sts.), Brooklyn; 718-388-7121 or patisserietomoko.com
For a Crowd-Pleaser: Milk Bar
You’ve probably seen (and eaten) Milk Bar’s funfetti birthday cake many times, but the shop’s other creations are not to be neglected, like the unlikely but insanely delicious combo of chocolate chips and passion fruit.
Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; milkbarstore.com
For Something That Pairs Well With Champagne: Butter & Scotch
Celebrations are not a time for modesty, which is why you need this Hotline Bling cake: dark-chocolate cake, salted-caramel sauce and gold glitter. We’re pretty sure Drake would love it.
818 Franklin Ave. (at Union St.), Brooklyn; 347-350-8899 or butterandscotch.com
For That Nostalgia Factor: Billy’s Bakery
For all the bacon-maple doughnuts and lavender macarons out there, sometimes you just want something your 8-year-old self would approve of. Icebox cake is as simple as it gets: chocolate wafers, whipped cream and pure, unadulterated delight.
Multiple locations in Manhattan; billysbakerynyc.com
For Something Not Too Sweet: Amy’s Bread
No surprise that the baked-goods geniuses at Amy’s make a mean carrot cake. And it’s packed with vitamin A under the cream-cheese frosting, so you can feel good about that extra slice.
Multiple locations in Manhattan; amysbread.com
For a Grown-Up Ice-Cream Cake: Morgenstern’s
OK, the customizable treats here are pricier than the Carvel cakes of your childhood, but boy, are they gorgeous (and delicious, obviously).
2 Rivington St.; 212-209-7684 or morgensternsnyc.com
For the Friend Who Doesn’t Really Like Cake: Marlow & Sons
You may not fully understand her (seriously, how?), but you can get her this legendary chocolate-caramel-sea-salt tart.
81 Broadway (at Berry St.), Brooklyn; 718-384-1441 or marlowandsons.com