Empire Cake

Empire Cake

Bakery, Pastry Shop, and Coffee Shop$$$$
Chelsea, New York
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    Has a stamp of approval from Food Network and Serious Eats
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    Michael Muñoz T.
    "Try the red velvet twinkie or any of their delicious cakes!"(11 Tips)
    John A.
    "Recommend: Brooklyn Blackout cake & chocolate salted caramel cupcake"(5 Tips)
    Tyshawna M.
    "Get the lemon snack cake!"(3 Tips)
    Amber V.
    "Lemon Twinkie and iced coffee."(3 Tips)
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  • John A.heart icon on user image
    John AAugust 29, 2016
    In the mood for super decadent? You may pass out from the intensity, but they serve Stumptown coffee to jump start your heart. Recommend: Brooklyn Blackout cake & chocolate salted caramel cupcake
  • Pat H.heart icon on user image
    Pat HuNovember 5, 2016
    Nicest ppl ever. I dropped my two dozen cupcake order walking home: a smooshed disaster - these were for my kid's bday, so my ass was on the line. Empire re-frosted them all and totally saved the day!
    Upvoted Oct 21
  • Desiree G.heart icon on user image
    Desiree GJuly 1, 2016
    ordered the strawberry fields cake for my daughters christening. It was a hit! The buttercream is exactly how it should be: light and buttery. The cake was soft and moist. My go-to for cakes now!
  • Michael K.heart icon on user image
    Michael KimJuly 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The black/white and red/white cookies of all sizes are the best thing on the menu!! The mini-cakes are also worth a spin--lemon and red velvet in particular!
  • Missy M.heart icon on user image
    Missy MackeyNovember 22, 2021
    The cakes here are all delicious! This time I got the chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream and Pb cup pieces inside and a chocolate ganache on top.
  • Chamel R.heart icon on user image
    Chamel RobertsonJuly 23, 2017
    I had a slice of cake with passion fruit filling and few of the cupcakes and it was all yummy. Cake was still very moist at a half hour before close. I will definitely return.
  • Nathan G.heart icon on user image
    Nathan GammieJanuary 20, 2016
    Tasty on-demand cakes here with a wide variety of flavors and sizes. Perfect for celebrations of any size for any age!
  • Meli
    MeliJune 8, 2013
    cupcakes are a bit sweet for my liking, but their snack cakes are spot on. Definitely recommend their lemon snack cake (others call them twinkies). They make customize fondant cake too. $2.95/cupcake
  • Angieheart icon on user image
    AngieAugust 24, 2018
    Got my dad’s bday cake here—dulce de leche; the staff is really sweet. I tried the cupcake & it was amazing! However, the cake was overly sweet & too frosted. It wasn’t as moist as it should’ve been.
  • Ksu K.heart icon on user image
    Ksu KJuly 27, 2015
    The freshest and richest cupcakes!! Worth every penny, the service is always friendly and welcoming, and the fact that they're open late can't hurt either! Don't miss!
  • Rabiah
    RabiahAugust 18, 2013
    Small black and white cookie. Excellent! I have never liked the B&W before but love it. The guy who assisted me was really sweet (no pun here) and that's why I bought anything at all.
  • Adnaheart icon on user image
    AdnaMarch 26, 2015
    Bought an assortment of cupcakes. Really liked the fluffy red velvet one. This place also has deliciously unique cookies.
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenNovember 24, 2018
    Very unique desserts made to perfection. They charge a high markup on their products to match the immense quality.
  • Yolanda Shoshana
    Yolanda ShoshanaJune 26, 2011
    Sexy desserts for those who like to keep it luscious! If you like cake, you will love this place, you can smell the butter when you walk in. Gets a modern courtesan thumbs up and then some. Nosh on! Read more
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 23, 2015
    The Liz Lemon cupcake with blackcurrant frosting is great! They have TimeWarner wifi available inside.
  • Sam M.
    Sam McCrimsonMarch 23, 2013
    Make sure to try the red velvet twinkie (not its official name) and the home made twix bar (the workers suggested that one). Both are extremely delicious.
  • Yomi A.
    Yomi AjaiyeobaAugust 12, 2013
    Always a pleasure to pick up treats here. The staff is friendly. Love the home made Twix and twinkies. Today I'm adding cupakes to the mix. Yummy
  • S S.heart icon on user image
    S SSeptember 12, 2014
    Wonderful passion fruit Twinkies. One of the few times when I can endorse something made with white chocolate. The cake in this is just superb.
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhDecember 5, 2019
    Get any of their twinkies & get anything red velvet. You must get their red velvet Twinkie :)
  • Conor O.heart icon on user image
    Conor OgleFebruary 15, 2019
    Black and white cookies. Mini size. Just slightly more than a mouthful. Friendly, helpful and efficient staff.
  • Kim F.heart icon on user image
    Kim FApril 26, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The people who work at Empire are fun/pleasant to deal with before you've had your coffee—rare to find in NYC. And the tip jars question makes me laugh every time. Also Stumptown coffee a major plus.
  • Julie
    JulieSeptember 3, 2013
    Try the almond flour cookies- mouthwatering! And the red and white and black and white minis are perfection in a bite. Yum!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 1, 2011
    Try the Apple Streusel Muffin. Delicious in the way of coffee cake, with just the right balance of crumbly, buttery streusel and tender-crumbed muffin. Read more
  • Elizabeth B.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth BursteinDecember 23, 2019
    Lovely rugelach, black and white cake cookies, and peppermint cookies. Cupcakes are a bit much for me
  • Mor N.heart icon on user image
    Mor NaamanJanuary 30, 2015
    Best scones and muffins in town. Oh and the salted caramel cake.
  • William H.
    William HJuly 7, 2013
    You're going to want one of the swiss rolls, but it turns out Yodels made by professional bakers taste like Yodels. If you want your mind blown, try the pecan bars instead.
  • Elise P.
    Elise PoulainAugust 15, 2013
    They are right, the red velvet twinkie/snack its amazing. I also had a dulce de leche cupcake...it was ok, nothing spectacular. Go for the twinkies.
  • Anthony P.heart icon on user image
    Anthony PopeoMay 28, 2016
    Their version of the Twix bar is heavenly. They also have great things with lemon.
  • Isabella M.
    Isabella MayJanuary 5, 2015
    Amazing bakery, terrific cupcakes, stunning cakes!
  • Erinma O.heart icon on user image
    Erinma OchuJune 17, 2013
    Tasty Brooklyn blackout - perfect chocolate hit. Does soya cappuccinos so v.happy.
  • Steve W.heart icon on user image
    Steve WattsMarch 17, 2015
    Made a beautiful birthday cake for my daughter while we were visiting NYC. Very easy to deal with by email and phone....and delivered on time.
  • Puu K.heart icon on user image
    Puu KampolratanaOctober 17, 2014
    Tried the vanilla coconut snowball for the 1st time and loved it
  • Winn O.heart icon on user image
    Winn ODonnellSeptember 26, 2016
    Good flourless gluten free cookies including their pine nut cookie. Mmm
  • Allison R.
    Allison RihnOctober 14, 2013
    The best cupcakes I've had in NYC! The salted Carmel is my favorite. Mmmm
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Not all cupcakes are evil, and the little creatures cooked up at this Chelsea bakery way outshine the hipper Sex and the City type food noise. Read more
  • Liz W.
    Liz WonSeptember 29, 2012
    Their oatmeal cookie has these dried apple pieces as well as raisins and choco chips, so good!
  • Vaibhav M.
    Vaibhav MalpaniJuly 8, 2018
    Jason helped customize a Liverpool themed cake for my friend. Looked amazing and everyone loved it!!
  • Zara K.heart icon on user image
    Zara KhanSeptember 13, 2018
    Flourless cookies! Delicious but a bit over priced for the small biscuit.
  • Ricardo B.
    Ricardo BatistaSeptember 11, 2014
    Try the chocolate with caramel on top
  • Michael Muñoz T.
    The best desserts in Chelsea! Try the red velvet twinkie or any of their delicious cakes! The cup cakes are soooo moist!
  • Summer I.heart icon on user image
    Summer IzkovichAugust 7, 2014
    Very very cute. Def get the red velvet cake. Nice staff!
  • Lash
    LashJuly 27, 2012
    Super good snacks! Red velvet and chocolate snack rolls :) (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Samantha S.heart icon on user image
    Samantha SmithMay 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Known for their snack cakes, but the black and white cookies are awesome.
  • Hany Y.heart icon on user image
    Hany YoussefJuly 3, 2017
    Great & delicious bakery, amazing cakes
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkMarch 30, 2011
    I love the Red Velvet Twinkies & Chocolate Snowballs at LuLu Cake Boutique in NYC. – Chef Anne Thornton, Dessert First
  • Caitlin C.heart icon on user image
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 10, 2013
    Taste-wise I've had better. But there's no denying their creations are beautiful!
  • Colheart icon on user image
    ColDecember 31, 2013
    The chai latte alone is worth the trip
  • Angela K.
    Angela KuzmenkaApril 15, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great fresh baked. Amazing black and white cookies
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinOctober 11, 2013
    get the pink snowball or red velvet cake dipped in white chocolate!
  • allison
    allisonNovember 14, 2015
    Snowballs and snack cakes
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