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Best Cakes in New York, For Birthdays & Celebrations


Flour Bakery Rainbow Ice Cream Cake
Flour Shop Bakery Rainbow Ice Cream Cake

It’s no surprise that some of the best cakes in the world are baked in New York City. New York’s five boroughs spanning 301 miles are populated with some superlative bakeries. Fortunately, you don’t have to venture on the subway or fly to NYC to get the best birthday cakes for your birthday bash.

Another turn around the sun means it’s time to turn up with the tastiest birthday cake. Sure, we have classic layer cakes with buttercream frosting, colorful and festive confetti cakes, and funfetti everything, but we also have unique birthday cakes too, including cake-pies, mousse cakes, and cheesecakes. The best birthday cakes in NY are shipping nationwide on Goldbelly!

Brooklyn, NY

NYC’s most populous borough is home to dozens of outstanding cake shops, each baking up the cakes that sweet dreams are made of.

Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Brooklyn Blackout Company’s Brooklyn Blackout Cake

This pitch black chocolate cake is a taste of history. It’s perfect for a chocoholic counting off another year. Created at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in World War II, this 2.5 lb. chocolate cake is an homage to the mandatory neighborhood-wide blackouts that once protected the Navy Yard.
As black as night, the iconic Brooklyn Blackout Cake is a rich 8-in. chocolate cake slathered in luscious chocolate buttercream frosting and dusted with chocolate cake crumbs.

Junior’s Cheesecake’s Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

Have your cake and cheesecake too. After all, it’s your birthday and you deserve a double dose of delicious cake! Founded in 1950, Junior’s is a Brooklyn institution. Its cheesecakes, like the 8-in. Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake, make delicious birthday cakes. 

This 3 lb. cheesecake combines New York-style strawberry cheesecake with strawberry filling, whipped cream, and a layer of yellow cake. It’s topped with vanilla buttercream and hot pink cake crumbs. Yum!

Junior's Cheesecake Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake
PieCaken Bakeshop Original PieCaken 1

PieCaken Bakeshop’s Original PieCaken

Behold the Instagrammable PieCaken. This three-desserts-in-one is the life of any party. Created by Pastry Chef Zac Young, the Original PieCaken caused a pumpkin purée shortage in New York when it was invented in 2015.

The Original PieCaken starts with pecan pie on the button, pumpkin pie in the middle, and spice cake on top. Each layer is frosted with cinnamon buttercream and this delicious delight is topped with apple pie filling, making for one happy birthday cake!

Read More: What is PieCaken and Where to Buy It?

New York, NY

NYC’s smallest borough is also its most densely populated. We bet there are fantastic bakeries and cake shops in each of its 53 neighborhoods. Fortunately for you, we are sharing some of our faves.

Ferrara Bakery’s Tiramisu Cake

You don’t have to travel to NYC’s Little Italy to treat the birthday boy or girl to Ferrara Bakery’s Tiramisu Cake. The beauty combines birthday bliss with a classic Italian dessert. 

Since 1892, Ferrara’s has been creating authentic Italian desserts like its 8-in. Tiramisu Cake. Each features layers of homemade Savoiardi (Ladyfinger cookies) soaked in espresso and coffee liqueur and sweet mascarpone.

Ferrara Bakery's Tiramisu Cake
Flour Shop’s Rainbow Explosion Cake

Flour Shop’s Explosion Cake

One of our favorite birthday party pastimes is taking swings at a treat-filled piñata. The other is eating cake. Flour Shop’s colorful Explosion Cake combines a piñata and a cake. It’s a surprising combination that everyone will love.

Cake artist Amirah Kassem bakes colorful layers of cake that are frosted and coated in sprinkles. Slicing the cake reveals an avalanche of colorful sprinkles and fun.

Lady Wong Patisserie’s Strawberry Guava Entremet Cake

Husband-and-wife Morgan Anthony and Seleste Tan make cakes we wish for. The duo opened Lady Wong Patisserie in 2020. Their Asian and French inspired cakes include entremet cakes, layer cakes enrobed in mousse. 

Lady Wong Patisserie’s 7-in. Strawberry Guava Entremet Cake is like a work of art and almost too beautiful to eat. Slice the cake to reveal pretty and precise layers of almond sponge cake, guava marmalade, and strawberry compote surrounded by cream cheese mousse. One bite and you’ll not only want to celebrate your birthday with this cake but your un-birthday too.

Lady Wong Patisserie Strawberry Guava Entremet Cake

Queens, NY

The most ethnically diverse urban area in the world, Queens is also NYC’s largest borough at 109 square miles. You don’t have to look far for some of the best cakes ever.

Grandma's Cheesecake Sandwiches _ Cheesecake Sandwich + Cake Pop Birthday Gift Basket

Grandma’s Cheesecake Sandwiches’ Birthday Basket

Celebrate your birthday on the go. Grandma’s Cheesecake Sandwich’s Birthday Basket is a party in a box, complete with a 4-in. yellow birthday cake, 5 red velvet cake pops, 5 Funfetti cake pops, 6 cheesecake sandwiches, a birthday candle, and a birthday card.

Lisa Cotoggio’s cheesecake sandwiches are a portable party in the palm of your hand. Each features creamy cheesecake sandwiched between freshly baked cookies in flavors like Cookie Crumble, Milk Chocolate, Rainbow Crumble, and Strawberry.

Oasis Cafe’s Cake Tins

Your birthday will be poppin’ once you pop open Cafe Oasis’ Cake Tins. Mike Amvros’ Oasis Cafe has been a popular Greek bakery for decades. One of its most popular treats are its Cake Tins, which are perfect palm-sized party pleasers and party favors.

Oasis Cafe’s Cake Tins include 8 flavors like:

  • Chocolate Raspberry Mousse: Brownie, chocolate mousse, raspberry mousse, and raspberry topping.
  • Mango Cream Cake: Mango cake, whipped cream, sponge cake, and mangos.
  • Triple Chocolate Mousse: Light-dark chocolate mousse, milk chocolate mousse, and white chocolate mousse.
Oasis Cafe _ Cake Tins

Beyond the Boroughs

It bakes us smile to know that New York has the fourth largest population of bakers in the U.S. This means it’s a piece of cake to find the best personalized birthday cakes.

Carousel Cakes’ Strawberry Crunch Parfait Cake

Carousel Cakes’ Strawberry Crunch Parfait Cake

Nanuet, New York’s Carousel Cakes makes one of Oprah’s favorite cakes as well as ours. Each cake, like the Strawberry Crunch Parfait Cake, is made by hand. This cute cake with strawberry and vanilla cake topped with strawberry whipped cream is bursting with flavor and birthday vibes.

Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cake

Skip the traffic out to The Hamptons and have Ina Garten’s famous cakes shipped directly to you from East Hampton, New York. One bite and it’s no surprise why Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa is one of the most popular places to get a legendary birthday cake.

Her Beatty’s Chocolate Cake features rich chocolate cake infused with freshly brewed coffee. It’s generously frosted with dark chocolate frosting.

Ina Garten’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cake
Martha Stewarts Strawberry Ombre Cake

Martha Stewart’s Martha’s Strawberry Ombre Cake

The “Domestic Diva” is baking a beautiful surprise for your next birthday and shipping it straight to your door. Martha Stewart’s stunning Strawberry Ombre Cake is strawberry Swiss buttercream sandwiched with 4 shades of pink vanilla sponge cake. It’s a colorful way to celebrate good times!

These cakes are a dream crumb true! It’s a piece of cake ordering the best cakes in New York nationwide on Goldbelly!

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