Empire Cake

Empire Cake

Bakery, Dessert Shop, and Coffee Shop · Chelsea
112 8th Ave (btw 15th & 16th St), New York, NY 10011, United States
Closed until 8:00 AM Thursday (Show more)
  • Thu
    • 8:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 8:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Empire Cake features custom cakes of all descriptions--from tiered wedding cakes to one-of-a-kind cakes for birthdays and other celebrations--along with cupcakes, cookies, brownies, breakfast pastries, and our sophisticated versions of classic snack cakes like twinkies, yodels and snowballs.


Based on 225 votes

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    Michael Muñoz T.
    "Try the red velvet twinkie or any of their delicious cakes!"(10 Tips)
    Gloria C.
    "get the pink snowball or red velvet cake dipped in white chocolate!"(5 Tips)
    Josh C.
    "The salted caramel cupcakes are amazing"(3 Tips)
    Holger L.
    "The lemon Twinkie is delish!"(3 Tips)
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  • red velvet desserts
  • cake
  • cupcakes
  • snowball
  • cookies
  • coffee
  • pastries
  • authentic
  • good service
  • great value
  • scones
  • chai lattes
  • good for a late night
  • muffins
  • homemade food
  • quiet
  • casual
  • chocolate
  • snacks
  • salted caramel
  • Andres N.

    The Liz Lemon cupcake with blackcurrant frosting is great! They have TimeWarner wifi available inside.

    Andres Novoa · 1 week ago
  • Allison L.

    Snowballs and snack cakes

    Allison Loftus · 2 weeks ago
  • Ksu K.

    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!

    Ksu K · July 27
  • Patrick B.

    Black and white cookie is fantastic

    Patrick Baskin · July 21
  • Michael K.

    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!

    Michael Kim · July 7
  • Allison K.

    The homemade Twix bar was a let down.

    Allison Kasic · April 4
  • Kavita B.

    Treats of all sizes for sweet teeth large and small. Loved the apricot walnut thumbprint

    Kavita Baba · March 30
  • Adna

    Bought an assortment of cupcakes. Really liked the fluffy red velvet one. This place also has deliciously unique cookies.

    Adna · March 26
  • Steve W.

    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.

    Steve Watts · March 17
  • Mor N.

    Best scones and muffins in town. Oh and the salted caramel cake.

    Mor Naaman · January 30
  • Isabella M.

    Amazing bakery, terrific cupcakes, stunning cakes!

    Isabella May · January 5
  • Puu K.

    Tried the vanilla coconut snowball for the 1st time and loved it

    Puu Kampolratana · October 17, 2014
  • Theresa R.

    Red velvet twinkies coated in white chocolate. #nuffsaid

    Theresa Roldan · October 4, 2014
  • esther

    Lemon loaf cake (y)

    esther · September 18, 2014
  • S S.

    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.

    S S · September 12, 2014
  • Ricardo B.

    Try the chocolate with caramel on top

    Ricardo Batista · September 11, 2014
  • Todd D.

    Everything is amazing here!

    Todd Diamond · August 24, 2014
  • Summer K.

    Very very cute. Def get the red velvet cake. Nice staff!

    Summer Kamigaki · August 7, 2014
  • Gothamist

    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

    Gothamist · August 1, 2014
  • Josh C.

    The salted caramel cupcakes are amazing

    Josh Clapper · June 27, 2014
  • Jeff S.

    Brooklyn blackout cake...salted carmel cupcake...red velvet snack cake.

    Jeff Surut · May 26, 2014
  • Nick P.

    Get a salted caramel chocolate cupcake and wash it down with some Stumptown coffee.

    Nick Patrick · March 10, 2014
  • Carole

    Cupcakes to die for 😋♥️

    Carole · February 16, 2014
  • Col

    The chai latte alone is worth the trip

    Col · December 31, 2013
  • Sharon C.

    The snack cakes are worth a try.

    Sharon C · October 29, 2013
  • Ta S.

    Bring those twinkies to the party & you will be the star of it.

    Ta San · October 23, 2013
  • Allison R.

    The best cupcakes I've had in NYC! The salted Carmel is my favorite. Mmmm

    Allison Rihn · October 14, 2013
  • Gloria C.

    get the pink snowball or red velvet cake dipped in white chocolate!

    Gloria Chin · October 11, 2013
  • Erika K.

    Stumptown coffee and no line = happiness. Also, cake.

    Erika Kaz · September 20, 2013
  • Julie

    Try the almond flour cookies- mouthwatering! And the red and white and black and white minis are perfection in a bite. Yum!

    Julie · September 3, 2013
  • Phil T.

    The salted caramel cupcake made me wet my pants. Delicious.

    Phil Tang · August 24, 2013
  • Rabiah

    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.

    Rabiah · August 18, 2013
  • Elise P.

    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.

    Elise Poulain · August 15, 2013
  • Yomi A.

    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

    Yomi Ajaiyeoba · August 12, 2013
  • William H.

    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.

    William H · July 7, 2013
  • Melissa S.

    These cakes look even more amazing in person.

    Melissa S. · July 5, 2013
  • Zack M.

    Not up to par with NYC's other specialty cupcake shops.

    Zack McKnight · July 1, 2013
  • Erinma O.

    Tasty Brooklyn blackout - perfect chocolate hit. Does soya cappuccinos so v.happy.

    Erinma Ochu · June 17, 2013
  • Meli

    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

    Meli · June 8, 2013
  • Samantha S.

    Known for their snack cakes, but the black and white cookies are awesome.

    Samantha Smith · May 30, 2013
  • Jeff S.

    Brooklyn blackout cake

    Jeff Surut · April 27, 2013
  • Kim F.

    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.

    Kim F · April 26, 2013
  • Patrick S.

    The red velvet cupcakes are to die for!

    Patrick Scholtes · April 8, 2013
  • Amy B.

    Chocolate-dipped snack cake rivals the Chocodile

    Amy B · March 24, 2013
  • Sam M.

    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.

    Sam McCrimson · March 23, 2013
  • David F.

    The salted caramel cupcake is everything. de-lish.

    David F · March 10, 2013
  • Jessica D.

    Lemon snack cake induces labor.

    Jessica DeWitt · February 23, 2013
  • Nicole V.

    Red Velvet Twinkie, nuff said.

    Nicole Velez · February 22, 2013
  • Caitlin C.

    Taste-wise I've had better. But there's no denying their creations are beautiful!

    Caitlin Clements · February 10, 2013
  • Liz O.

    Their oatmeal cookie has these dried apple pieces as well as raisins and choco chips, so good!

    Liz Oh · September 29, 2012

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