I’m just going to put it out there: Cakes are over-rated. Yes, a buttercream frosting can be delightful, and I don’t deny that carrot cake can really hit the spot. But there are so many other desserts I’d rather spend my sweet tooth on than your average cake.
Not surprisingly, New York City has plenty of worthy options. So for all the other Manhattanites out there unimpressed by the rubbish you get at your average birthday party, here are some alternatives.
Dominque Ansel: Extra Large DKA. Gathering dust on the shelf behind it’s acclaimed counterpart, the cronut, is the DKA (“Dominique’s Kouign Amann”). Somewhere between a croissant and a muffin, its larger counterpart resembles a cake, with a caramelized sugar crust and flaky center. If you need me, you can find me dipping these into my coffee for an extra-indulgent breakfast.
Momofuku Milk Bar: Apple Pie Cake. This cake is transcendent enough to inspire an existential crisis (Is it a cake or a pie??). Better to just not ask questions and grab a fork. A dense cake layered with apple pie filling and topped with a crumble, let’s just agree that the cake and the pie ran away together and blessed us with a delicious lovechild.
Ample Hills Creamery: Ice Cream Cake. It’s a little sneaky to call two slabs of ice cream a “cake,” but I’m not complaining. Covered in a thin layer of frozen frosting, their Nonna D’s (a seriously delicious take on oatmeal cookie) and pretzel-infused chocolate ice cream take the… erm, cake.
Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery: I Love New York Cheesecake. Collapsing under a layer of blueberries, this is not your average New York classic. The rich, cream cheese-based filling is enough to make me swear allegiance to the East Coast, home of the over-the-top cheesecake.