The Gluten-free Chocolate Cake ($6) from Vegan Divas is a rich layer cake that will satisfy your chocolate cravings. It will also leave you stunned that it's egg-, dairy-, and gluten-free.
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If you work in Midtown East you probably know that high quality bakeries are in short supply. Dishes, the breakfast- and lunch-only take-out restaurant is the rare exception.
This week on Ask the Critic: birthday cake delivery for a discriminating birthday girl.
Even some loyal shoppers tend to ignore the bakery counter at Titan Foods, which is a shame, as this must-visit Greek market makes some of the best sweets in the neighborhood. By and large they're heavily soaked in syrup, which isn't always a great thing for flaky phyllo pastries, but does wonders for cakes.
Is there anything you can't do, Taboonette? Dessert now, too? You're too kind.
If you live in New York and you like sweets, you owe it to yourself to try Levain Bakery's famous chocolate chip cookie. But what about their other, less well known dessert products? Is Levain a one trick pony? To find out, I bought a slice of their Sour Cream Pound Cake ($3.50).
Dominique Ansel Bakery just launched a new collection of spring sweets this week, and of course, just for you, we tried every single new item.
There aren't many places in New York where you can find baked Alaska, much less one that alone, can justify (many) returns. Enter DBGB.
For New York's German community, the rarest holiday tree on the market this December isn't a plant but a cake. In Germany, baumkuchen, or "tree cake," is a Yuletide fixation ubiquitous in bakeries and holiday markets. It's made by coating a spit with layers of batter and baking them layer by layer in a special oven, and you can find it at Stork's Bakery in Whitestone.
Ovenly doesn't mess around when it comes to their Brooklyn Blackout Cake ($6). It's intense as it looks with layers of deep dark chocolate cake and a good punch of salt to the buttercream.
Hot Bread Kitchen just introduced Stollen, that holiday stalwart, for the first time. And it's worth seeking out.
This might be the only place in NYC that offers a proper eccles cake, and it's a excellent one.
Though Lady M makes the best crepe cakes in the city, this Nutella edition from Du Jour bakery also merits special attention.
It's never too early for Halloween treats...especially if they're coming from the kitchens of Dominique Ansel Bakery. Split this Marshmallow Apple ($11.50) right down the middle and a golden salted caramel oozes out from the core.
Now this is how you start a weekend: a seat at the bar and an order of the Sticky Toffee Pudding ($9) at The John Dory Oyster Bar.
This is a proper angel food cake, delicate and feathery with that fine melt in your mouth texture. They give it extra oomph with a bright passion fruit glaze and a flurry of pistachios, toasted, crushed and finished with a tiny bit of salt.
Bisous Ciao may be all about the macarons. But they do offer a one non-macaron treat, and that alone is worth a visit. It's cake.
This isn't a traditional Brooklyn Blackout cake—it's far more rich and intense.
For the mornings when an ordinary slice of pound cake won't do, meet the Black Sesame Loaf ($3.50) from Abraço. It's simultaneously dense and delicate, the toasty, warm aroma of black sesame accented with almonds.
Tous Les Jours, a chain of French-Asian bakeries from Korea, recently replaced Koryodang on 32nd Street. There's a significant amount of overlap between the types of pastries and sweets offered at this new bakery, and one of my favorites is the Honey Castella ($3.75).