cake stores

When you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion, nothing says “celebrate” quite like a cake. Whether you’re looking for a traditional chocolate or vanilla cake, or a more inventive creation, there are plenty of NYC-area bakeries that offer one-of-a-kind cakes.

If you want a cake that’s guaranteed to impress, head to Dylan Lauren, which serves up everything from candy bar-topped “moon pie cakes” ($59) and solid-chocolate “birthday cake” ice cream ($8 a pop). These sweet treats are a good way to turn any kid’s birthday into a sugary delight.

At this swanky Greenwich Village bakery, it’s not just the cakes that are out of this world—the pastries here are a cut above as well. Founder Hiroyo Ruiz trained under famed pastry chef Eric Bedoucha, and his work shows. His cakes, which range from simple to elaborate, are works of art and can be ordered online.

One of the more unusual cakes available in New York is a savory lemon mousseline cake, which pairs subtle notes of tangy-sweet lemon custard with layers of buttery buttercream. The shop also offers a seasonal, gluten-free apple and pear cake with pistachios.

For something less formal, try the Brooklyn Blackout cake, which features a layer of pudding in between two dark chocolate cakes. The shop also has cupcakes, cookies and other desserts, and a variety of decorating options.

Another Greenwich Village bakery, this one is known for its delicious cheesecake. The original cheesecake here is creamy, perfectly traditional, and always a winner, but the bakery also offers flavors such as Salted Caramel and S’mores.

This bakery chain is a godsend for those with busy lifestyles, as it offers delivery nationwide. You can order a pre-designed, customizable cake from their website and have it delivered to your door within two days. They can even create a custom design from a photo or drawing.

Although many of the cakes at this Greenwich Village bakery are more traditional in flavor, they can be decorated with anything from polka dots to sprinkles. You can even add writing or flowers.

Aside from having a great selection of chiffon, angel food and sponge cake, this shop is also famous for its pies. They serve up apple, cherry and strawberry pies that are as much of a treat as their cakes.

While this Upper East Side bakery is better known for its breads, they also do a bang-up job with their cakes. Its signature cakes—which include a Brooklyn Blackout, raspberry lemon and strawberry fields —are designed to look like a work of art, with multiple tiers. The shop also has smaller bundt cakes, a variety of bundtinis and even a variety of gluten-free options.