As could be predicted, I’m not a huge cake person. The perfect cake, for me, needs to be light and airy with frosting that’s sweet but not stiff or overly processed. In short, I have some demands, and they are firm.
One of those demands is a cake that’s aesthetically pleasing. I think that TV show Cake Boss really did a ton for the baking industry because now everyone wants custom cakes beyond what you can pick up at the grocery store. If you’re entertaining, getting a custom cake with a lot of detail is beautiful for guests but also can be an entire decoration on its own. People eat that up- literally.
City Cakes in New York looks amazing. And I love that it’s a small business. There’s nothing wrong with going to Magnolia Bakery or similar chains, but as the daughter of small business owners I appreciate it more. Plus in a city like New York there’s more options so why not try them? Might have to order the below for my father’s sixtieth:
Another favorite is Cade’s Cakes. I’ve seen many on social media and from friends but have never actually tried one. The owner is a twenty-something who just knew that baking was her passion and went for it. Honestly, it shows, and her age is nice because her cakes are really fresh and nothing like your grandmother would pick out. She also goes way beyond the frosting to include toppers, which are the icing on the cake (I hate myself):
And if you’re looking for a cake that for sure tastes good, then bake my favorite BHG chocolate cake. It’s ugly as sin, though. Just warning you.