Empire Cake

Empire Cake

Bakery, Dessert Shop, and Coffee Shop$$$$
Chelsea, New York
  • 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)
    Holger L.
    "The lemon Twinkie is delish!"(3 Tips)
106 Tips and reviews
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  • cake
  • cupcakes
  • cookies
  • snowball
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  • Desiree G.
    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!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • John A.
    John AntosAugust 29
    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
  • 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
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Nathan G.
    Nathan GammieJanuary 20
    Tasty on-demand cakes here with a wide variety of flavors and sizes. Perfect for celebrations of any size for any age!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 23, 2015
    The Liz Lemon cupcake with blackcurrant frosting is great! They have TimeWarner wifi available inside.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 2
    Get any of their twinkies. Get anything red velvet! Hence the best option is their red velvet Twinkie :).
  • 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.
  • Mor N.
    Mor NaamanJanuary 30, 2015
    Best scones and muffins in town. Oh and the salted caramel cake.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Anthony P.
    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.
    Erinma OchuJune 17, 2013
    Tasty Brooklyn blackout - perfect chocolate hit. Does soya cappuccinos so v.happy.
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaOctober 17, 2014
    Tried the vanilla coconut snowball for the 1st time and loved it
  • 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.
  • Liz O.
    Liz OhSeptember 29, 2012
    Their oatmeal cookie has these dried apple pieces as well as raisins and choco chips, so good!
  • Allison R.
    Allison RihnOctober 14, 2013
    The best cupcakes I've had in NYC! The salted Carmel is my favorite. Mmmm
  • Winn O.
    Winn ODonnell3 weeks ago
    Good flourless gluten free cookies including their pine nut cookie. Mmm
  • L
    LJuly 27, 2012
    Super good snacks! Red velvet and chocolate snack rolls :) (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • 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!
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SmithMay 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Known for their snack cakes, but the black and white cookies are awesome.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Summer I.
    Summer IzkovichAugust 7, 2014
    Very very cute. Def get the red velvet cake. Nice staff!
  • 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
  • Nick P.
    Nick PatrickMarch 10, 2014
    Get a salted caramel chocolate cupcake and wash it down with some Stumptown coffee.
  • Col
    ColDecember 31, 2013
    The chai latte alone is worth the trip
  • Kirk S.
    Kirk SpazianiAugust 12
    Omg the cake was amazing!
    Upvoted Sep 17
  • Angela K.
    Angela KuzmenkaApril 15
    Been here 5+ 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!
  • Metromix
    MetromixDecember 21, 2010
    Aside from custom cakes, they've also got cookies, cupcakes and pastries. Plus, Intelligentsia coffee. Read more
  • Dominic G.
    Dominic GadouryOctober 10, 2011
    The home made twinkies are amazing, while the snowballs were too sweet for my liking. Read more
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SurutMay 26, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Brooklyn blackout cake...salted carmel cupcake...red velvet snack cake.
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaMarch 30, 2015
    Treats of all sizes for sweet teeth large and small. Loved the apricot walnut thumbprint
  • The Pop Bag
    The Pop BagMay 3, 2012
    The Red Velvet Twinkies & cookies are always a perfect treat after a long day of work.
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren ReddyFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the thumbprints and whole wheat walnut chocolate chip cookies.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SullivanJuly 7, 2011
    The cold brewed iced Intelligencia is so good you won't need sugar
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