Empire Cake

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Next stop on my 12 Best Bakeries In NYC Challenge from Gothamist’s list is Empire Cake in Chelsea. 

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They’re making everything fresh, daily, using local ingredients, fresh local produce, and premium ingredients. Along with a whole display dedicated to just cupcakes, Empire Cake is also serving cookies, bars, a sophisticated spin on snowballs, swiss rolls and snack cakes. 

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I went for their Passion Fruit Snack Cake (yellow cake with passion fruit curd filling, dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with coconut). This was a real treat. The white chocolate coating has a rich softness to it, not too sweet, with the added texture and sweetness of the coconut flakes. Then, you have the center cake with a delicate vanilla like flavor. And just when you think it’s over, you get the fruity tartness of the passion fruit curd. 

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Such a sophisticated little snack cake. 

The Shorts:
Name: Empire Cake
Location: 112 8th Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? In the illustrious words of the Kool Aid Man, Oh yeah.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. And, in case you have a birthday or occasion coming up, I’d think they’d be the ones to call for a cake. 

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