Empire Cake

Empire Cake

Bakery, Dessert Shop, and Coffee Shop$$$$
Chelsea, New York
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  • The experts at Food Network and Serious Eats recommend this place
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  • Michael Muñoz T.
    "Try the red velvet twinkie or any of their delicious cakes!"(11 Tips)
    Gloria C.
    "get the pink snowball or red velvet cake dipped in white chocolate!"(5 Tips)
    John A.
    "Recommend: Brooklyn Blackout cake & chocolate salted caramel cupcake"(5 Tips)
    Tyshawna M.
    "Get the lemon snack cake!"(3 Tips)
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  • Desiree G.
    Desiree GambrellJuly 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!
  • John A.
    John AntosAugust 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.
    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!
  • 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
  • Chamel R.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Michael K.
    Michael KimJuly 7, 2015
    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!
  • Nathan G.
    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!
  • Ksu K.
    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!
  • Adna
    AdnaMarch 26, 2015
    Bought an assortment of cupcakes. Really liked the fluffy red velvet one. This place also has deliciously unique cookies.
  • 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.
  • Kim F.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 23, 2015
    The Liz Lemon cupcake with blackcurrant frosting is great! They have TimeWarner wifi available inside.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 2, 2016
    Get any of their twinkies. Get anything red velvet! Hence the best option is their red velvet Twinkie :).
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mor N.
    Mor NaamanJanuary 30, 2015
    Best scones and muffins in town. Oh and the salted caramel cake.
  • 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
  • Erinma O.
    Erinma OchuJune 17, 2013
    Tasty Brooklyn blackout - perfect chocolate hit. Does soya cappuccinos so v.happy.
  • Isabella M.
    Isabella MayJanuary 5, 2015
    Amazing bakery, terrific cupcakes, stunning cakes!
  • GianCarlo P.
    GianCarlo PitoccoOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the chocolate covered homemade twinkie and the iced coffee. Out of this world, and the employees are a delight.
  • Anthony P.
    Anthony PopeoMay 28, 2016
    Their version of the Twix bar is heavenly. They also have great things with lemon.
  • Liz O.
    Liz OhSeptember 29, 2012
    Their oatmeal cookie has these dried apple pieces as well as raisins and choco chips, so good!
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaOctober 17, 2014
    Tried the vanilla coconut snowball for the 1st time and loved it
  • 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!
  • L
    LJuly 27, 2012
    Super good snacks! Red velvet and chocolate snack rolls :) (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Allison R.
    Allison RihnOctober 14, 2013
    The best cupcakes I've had in NYC! The salted Carmel is my favorite. Mmmm
  • GianCarlo P.
    GianCarlo PitoccoAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It may be a cake boutique, but they make some of the best darned iced coffee I've ever had!
  • Steve W.
    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.
  • 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
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SmithMay 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Known for their snack cakes, but the black and white cookies are awesome.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 10, 2013
    Taste-wise I've had better. But there's no denying their creations are beautiful!
  • Ricardo B.
    Ricardo BatistaSeptember 11, 2014
    Try the chocolate with caramel on top
  • Winn O.
    Winn ODonnellSeptember 26, 2016
    Good flourless gluten free cookies including their pine nut cookie. Mmm
  • Summer I.
    Summer IzkovichAugust 7, 2014
    Very very cute. Def get the red velvet cake. Nice staff!
  • Nick P.
    Nick PatrickMarch 10, 2014
    Get a salted caramel chocolate cupcake and wash it down with some Stumptown coffee.
  • Hany Y.
    Great & delicious bakery, amazing cakes
  • Col
    ColDecember 31, 2013
    The chai latte alone is worth the trip
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinOctober 11, 2013
    get the pink snowball or red velvet cake dipped in white chocolate!
  • Dominic G.
    Dominic GadouryOctober 10, 2011
    The home made twinkies are amazing, while the snowballs were too sweet for my liking. Read more
  • Chris S.
    Chris SullivanJuly 7, 2011
    The cold brewed iced Intelligencia is so good you won't need sugar
  • The Pop Bag
    The Pop BagMay 3, 2012
    The Red Velvet Twinkies & cookies are always a perfect treat after a long day of work.
  • Ellen C.
    Ellen CohenJuly 25, 2011
    The twinkies get all the PR but don't overlook the black and whites!!! Incredible!!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SurutMay 26, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Brooklyn blackout cake...salted carmel cupcake...red velvet snack cake.
  • Angela K.
    Angela KuzmenkaApril 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great fresh baked. Amazing black and white cookies
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateNovember 14, 2015
    Snowballs and snack cakes
    Upvoted May 22
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaMarch 30, 2015
    Treats of all sizes for sweet teeth large and small. Loved the apricot walnut thumbprint
  • David F.
    David FMarch 10, 2013
    The salted caramel cupcake is everything. de-lish.
  • Ted K.
    Ted KimJanuary 18, 2012
    Red velvet snack (not cupcake) is a must!!
  • Phil T.
    Phil TangAugust 24, 2013
    The salted caramel cupcake made me wet my pants. Delicious.
  • Bill D.
    Bill DJune 7, 2011
    No seriously, try the Red Velvet Twinkie. Its out of this world.
  • Kirk S.
    Kirk SpazianiAugust 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Omg the cake was amazing!
  • Tom H.
    Tom HattaFebruary 27, 2016
    Love the chocolatey smoothness of the salted caramel cupcake.
  • Cristy A.
    Cristy AlvaradoNovember 30, 2011
    Nothing beats the red velvet twinkies - and trust me, I've tried everything.
  • Erika K.
    Erika KazSeptember 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Stumptown coffee and no line = happiness. Also, cake.
  • Thom E.
    Thom ElsemillerJanuary 10, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't be afraid to try everything. And the people here are great as wel!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HelmFebruary 20
    The black and white dessert cookies are amazing
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick ScholtesApril 8, 2013
    The red velvet cupcakes are to die for!
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamirezJanuary 21, 2016
    I love the cupcakes they are awesome
  • Sharon C.
    Sharon COctober 29, 2013
    The snack cakes are worth a try.
  • Ta S.
    Ta SanOctober 23, 2013
    Bring those twinkies to the party & you will be the star of it.
  • Josh C.
    Josh ClapperJune 27, 2014
    The salted caramel cupcakes are amazing
  • Fabienne A.
    Fabienne AJune 16, 2012
    The red and white cookies are everything!
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinNovember 18, 2016
    The best homemade retro desserts!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinJuly 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Black and white cookie is fantastic
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanOctober 4, 2014
    Red velvet twinkies coated in white chocolate. #nuffsaid
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMarch 19
    Snack cakes alone are worth the visit.
  • Carole
    CaroleFebruary 16, 2014
    Cupcakes to die for 😋♥️
  • Amber V.
    Amber Van DrieAugust 27, 2011
    Lemon Twinkie and iced coffee. Get them.
  • Ben T.
    Ben ThomasAugust 28, 2016
    Swiss roll cake
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LaForgeMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Snack cakes. What if a Twinkie were made from good ingredients?
  • Todd D.
    Todd DiamondAugust 24, 2014
    Everything is amazing here!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicApril 4, 2015
    The homemade Twix bar was a let down.
  • Veronica
    VeronicaMarch 24, 2012
    Get the Swiss roll it's amazing!!!!
  • Tyshawna M.
    Tyshawna MaddoxFebruary 1, 2012
    Get the lemon snack cake! Yummmm
  • Anabelle
    AnabelleJune 24, 2012
    Red Velvet Twinkie, A MUST!!
  • esther
    estherSeptember 18, 2014
    Lemon loaf cake (y)
  • DJ J.
    DJ JensenJanuary 21
    I love their cookies.
    Upvoted Jun 3
  • Amy B.
    Amy BMarch 24, 2013
    Chocolate-dipped snack cake rivals the Chocodile
  • Jade
    JadeApril 6, 2016
    Black and white cookies!!!
  • Zack M.
    Zack McKnightJuly 1, 2013
    Not up to par with NYC's other specialty cupcake shops.
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole VelezFebruary 22, 2013
    Red Velvet Twinkie, nuff said.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa S.July 5, 2013
    These cakes look even more amazing in person.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfApril 27, 2011
    The lemon Twinkie is delish!
  • Cathy C.
    Cathy CervenkaJune 5, 2016
    open til midnite on weekends!
  • Mikahla V.
    The buttercream frosting is next level.
  • David C.
    David CNovember 12, 2011
    Red velvet twonkies. Must try.
  • Adam C.
    Adam CarnegroMay 26, 2012
    Try the Red Velvet Cookies
  • Benny O.
    Benny OrtegaFebruary 26, 2012
    The best cupcakes in NYC...
  • Charles G.
    Charles GuerreroFebruary 22, 2016
    The butter cream is ridiculous.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KorneyJune 27, 2011
    Best Raspberry Linzer cookies EVER!!!
  • Regina B.
    Regina BengoaApril 14, 2012
    Red Velvet Twinkie delish
  • Asha C.
    Asha C.May 28, 2011
    Get the red velvet twinkle. Trust me, get it.
  • Kaisa H.
    Kaisa HernbergJuly 7, 2016
    The best cupcakes ever!
  • Lorence R.
    Lorence RAugust 14, 2012
    Small ass cupcakes.
  • Viajante
    ViajanteOctober 6, 2015
    Lugar simpático. É próximo ao Chelsea Market. Vale uma visita.
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