Five Great Cakes in NYC

Carrot cake madeleines from the Arlington Club
Carrot cake madeleines from the Arlington Club
The Arlington Club

There's no doubt about it — birthdays look a little better, corner-bending lines are more forgivable, and lengthy weddings are worthy of a "'til last call" attendance because of that beloved baked good: cake. There's endless room for innovation with this sweet staple: It can be a single sheet or five layers, shaped into cups or balls, and served on plates or sticks. And while there is an abundance of classic oven options to choose from, chefs across the city are still finding ways to boost their batter game with their own plays on last course layers. In honor of National Cake Day, we present five sweet slices in New York.

Five Great Cakes in NYC

Birthday Cake Sundae, Cookshop, 156 Tenth Avenue You need no reason to blow out candles at Cookshop, where the birthday cake sundae is pastry chef Amanda Cook's answer to the best of both birthday dessert worlds.  The happy hybrid fills a sundae glass to the brim with cake batter ice cream, chunks of chocolate shelling, mini meringue kisses and confetti cake cubes — the entire thing is topped, of course, with a candle. 

Chocolate Cake "Manhattan," Sorella, 95 Allen Street Northern Italy may have shaped the savory side of the menu at Sorella, but local inspiration is revealed in dessert form with the chocolate cake "Manhattan." When paired with cherry vermouth sorbet, a decadent slice of rich chocolate cake with whiskey nougat and cherry jam showcases pastry chef Michelle Catarata's thoughtfully balanced approach while giving a whole new meaning to the after-dinner cocktail.

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