This photo is just half a slice of Lee Lee's excellent—if very sweet—pineapple coconut cake.
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Croissants are the highlight of any visit to Mille-Feuille, but don't forget about their other treats. Extra dark and voluptuous, Mille-Feuille's Royal Chocolate Mousse ($5) comes enrobed in an outer layer of dark chocolate and toasted hazelnuts.
This is a loaf of Maison Kayser's Pain d'épices ($5), outfitted in a simple glaze and sized for one.
A new coffee shop called UR Cup recently opened on Mercer (right off 8th Street). And while the name leaves much to be desired, the assortment of pastries make up for it.
If I had it my way, pumpkin, apple, pecan, and all those warming, autumn-inspired treats would appear on the menu of bakeries and sweet shops all year long. But since that isn't happening anytime soon, I'll take what I can get for the next few months. That means caramel-laced pumpkin scones, pecan tarts with a spicy gingerbread crust, cranberry and apple cobblers topped with chantilly cream, and pumpkin custards. And that's just the beginning.
The classic Lady M Mille Crêpes is perfect, but when you want a twist on the original, keep your eye out for variations on the cake. This green tea version is my new favorite.
Some might deem the vegan Sesame Banana Cake ($4) at City Bakery too healthy or wholesome, but that's exactly why I love it. The tall rounds are dense and hearty, packed with mashed bananas, and could easily double as a meal.
You smell it first--a sweet, smoky whiff of whiskey floating above the slice. Depending on what's around the bar, you'll taste Jameson or maybe Jim Beam, baked into a delicate cake that spends a day in an aluminum foil tomb, marinating in its glaze.
Torta di Olio d'Oliva ($8) is a memorable yet simple way to end any meal at Maialino.
The name may be silly, but this is a serious slice of cake. Three golden layers of crème fraiche yellow cake, consistently moist with a dense, even crumb. Not excessively sweet, it's everything you'd want in a simple cake.
Sharing is good, but sometimes you just want the whole thing for yourself. No worries, it's understandable. There's some inherent satisfaction in being able to devour an entire cake, as opposed to just a wedge, slice, or square. Here, we've rounded up five cakes we love, individual-sized treats where you can eat the whole affair to your satisfaction.
At La Maison du Chocolat, the Pistache ($8.50) is one of the shop's newest creations.
You don't need to come for a full meal to have the cake; just drop by the Grill room at off-hours for dessert. The coconut cake is served by the slab with vanilla ice cream.
At Lulu Cake Boutique, the Red Velvet Twinkie is their most popular confection, but there's no shame in loving them all. Even if it means eating three Twinkie flavors in one sitting to decide which is best.
Black Hound's Praline Cake ($7.50) is more nut than cake, and a fine afternoon treat to split with a friend.
At the new O Cafe on the corner of 6th Avenue and 12th Street, the Pao del Mel ($3.50) is one of the few goods baked in-house.
I'm always on the hunt for new bakeries, especially near Serious Eats World Headquarters, so I'd been eagerly awaiting the opening of Lulu Cake Boutique in Chelsea. And I've made quite a few visits over the last two weeks.
I've always had a soft spot for chocolate loaf cakes, humble and satisfying. They hit the spot in those moments when you don't want to commit to a slice of cake or the frosting overload of a cupcake.
In the space that held Matcha Box pop-up this past summer now stands the recently opened In Pursuit of Tea.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] At Abraço, the Pistachio-Lemon Cake is a fine marriage between Brooklyn Larder's Pistachio Cake and the Lemon Loaf from La Masion du Chocolat. The cake, $3, is sold by the toasty, pistachio-dotted slice, a great...