Fine-textured and slightly yeasty, and sticky as hell, this might be the kind of old-fashioned coffee cake you dream of.
Most of you have probably enjoyed the reality TV show Cake Boss, which features owner Buddy Valastro and his family as they make elaborate and crazy cakes for special events. The show originates at Carlo’s City Hall Bakery, a Hoboken institution since 1910. FiTR recently paid a visit there to see if the pastries sold to the public were any good. They are, and they’re spectacular.
Freshly filled miniature cannoli
In addition to cookies, cakes, and pies, the place slings antique coffee cakes and Danish pastries of the kind now difficult to find. The Danish ring shown above is a case in point, loaded with toasted pecans and drizzled with white frosting. The pastry is rich with butter and boasts a fine texture due to use of cake flour.
The cannoli are good, too, the filling creamy with ricotta and studded with tidbits of candied fruit. And if you’re a fan of the reality show, you’ll recognize members of the cake-baking family behind the counter.
Now that the Hoboken PATH stop is up and running, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting there.
Carlo’s City Hall Bakery
95 Washington Street
Hoboken, New Jersey
On Hoboken’s main drag for over a century
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 21, 2012