BabyCakes NYC

Erin McKenna's Bakery

Bakery, Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, and Kosher Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Namitta S.
    Namitta ShankarSeptember 29, 2012
    Hole in the wall outlet, but what a find! Excellent gluten free cupcakes with no refined sugar. Healthy indulgence. The vanilla coconut cupcake was delicious to the last… (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
    Upvoted May 11
  • citizenM
    citizenMOctober 15, 2014
    Babycakes is a tiny little bakery on Broome Street that undoubtedly makes the best chocolate chip cookies in the city. The best part: All their products are 100% natural, vegan and organic. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    All of its cakes, cookies, muffins, brownies and other baked goods meet this strict checklist: vegan, kosher, gluten-free, wheat-free, refined sugar-free, casein-free and soy-free. Read more
    Upvoted May 11
  • Max B.
    Max BpmMarch 7
    One of the best vegan bakeries I've been too. The banana bread and apple strudel was to die for. I wish I had a photo but it was so good, I couldn't stop devouring every bite!
  • Neysha V.
    Neysha V 🍦June 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The day-olds are just as tasty! Pop the loaf slices into the toaster oven for a few mins and ya got yourself a great treat! This is especially true of the spicy cornbread.
  • Max S.
    Max SullivanAugust 6, 2012
    Erin McKenna's BabyCakes offers guiltless, vegan, gluten- and sugar-free delights. Don't miss the brownie cupcakes with mint frosting. Day-old cakes, cookies and donuts go for half price.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 8, 2011
    Best Baked Doughnuts: They're tiny, picture-perfect creatures packed in a pink box, with flavors such as a chocolate-y cookie crunch, vanilla sprinkle, a gooey caramel, and the classic cinnamon-sugar. Read more
  • margaret t.
    margaret tungMay 14, 2015
    FYI for those of you who love GF/vegan treats but are on a budget, they do day-olds. found out via this new app called pareup (food deals): http://apple.co/1ONDBys
  • Nina L.
    Nina LoSchiavoOctober 7, 2015
    Likely the best gluten free bakery in New York. Get any of their cupcakes and be shocked it's lacking most of the popular ingredients found in all its competitors.
  • PureWow
    PureWowApril 25
    The cupcakes, doughnuts, éclairs and pretty much any other confection could go head-to-head with their gluten-full counterparts and still end up on top. Read more
  • Gizmo P.
    Gizmo PunkAugust 6, 2012
    The chocolate chip cookies are probably the best GF chocolate chip cookies in existence. Definitely get a glass of whole milk!
  • Hannah P.
    Hannah ParvazJanuary 11
    Ordered a birthday cake here. Super helpful girls and they created an absolute work of art. Looked beautiful and tasted delicious.
  • Winn O.
    Winn ODonnellSeptember 26, 2016
    This place is the legit original gluten free nyc bakery. Janell here brought me a gluten free pokemon donut while Thirstea was still open, but I started going here in (2004-2005? Aka Babycakes?) <3
  • Matt H.
    Matt HealyMay 11, 2014
    Vegan cupcakes probably don't sound great to most non-vegans, but these ones are solid. Try the banana cinnamon, it's got big ol' hunks of banana in it.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 10, 2013
    While we love the cookie sandwiches and cupcakes, the doughnuts are secretly pretty amazing too. Flavors change daily!
  • Gideon O.
    Gideon OlshanskyNovember 14, 2015
    The pastries are great and the service is even better. They gave me free cookies because the guy in front of me was taking a long time. So nice.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 14, 2014
    The dense donuts from this lower Manhattan bakery are vegan and gluten free, but they certainly don’t taste it. One bite and you’ll be hooked; flavors change daily.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 11, 2013
    Finally you don’t have to be health cautious when ordering at this vegan bakery. The banana chocolate chip bread has that smooth texture with just the right amount of melted chocolate inside.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksOctober 28, 2014
    The all-vegan bakery dishes out a cinnamon-flavored donut with apples dipped in a cider flavored glaze ($3.95). Read more
  • BUST Magazine
    BUST MagazineDecember 5, 2011
    BEST vegan and gluten-free bakery in NYC. Try a uniquely flavored cupcake, such as their chocolate banana (chock full of banana chunks!) or brownie mocha.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 22, 2012
    Erin McKenna's BabyCakes offers guiltless, vegan, gluten- and sugar-free delights. Don't miss the brownie cupcakes with mint frosting. Day-old items go for half price. - Green Guide Editor
  • Shah
    ShahDecember 6, 2014
    Pretty much the best place ever. Donuts? Amazing. Banana bread? Amazing. Cinnamon rolls? Amazing. It's all great AND allergen friendly.
  • Hannah Serena G.
    Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free, and STILL makes the best cookie sandwiches in NYC. (Strawberry cupcakes are also droolworthy.)
  • BirdsNestOrg
    BirdsNestOrgJune 9, 2015
    Brownies and red-velvet cupcakes are by far the most popular! Gluten-free and soy-free bakery! Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 27, 2010
    Everyone talks about their cupcakes but what we go for are the Cookie Sandwiches. We'd recommend the Chocolate Chip with vanilla filling. These treats are gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free & dairy-free!
  • Townley Girl
    Townley GirlAugust 3, 2011
    Gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free & dairy-free! But is it delicious? Yes! Try their perfectly adorable doughnuts, especially the coconut and classic!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 3, 2011
    Where else can you get delicious vegan treats? Chow down on a cupcake or cookie sandwich here or get their cookbook and make your own!
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition
    "NYC’s very popular vegan bakery. Indulge in a gluten free cupcake or slice of cake, sweetened with agave, guilt free!"
  • Christy C.
    Christy CampbellMarch 22, 2016
    Got the mocha cookie donut, and it was dope, although liked my friend's thin mint better! You really can't go wrong here.
  • Cupcake Crusaders
    Cupcake CrusadersNovember 27, 2012
    Their cupcakes just aren't for us. It's great that they offer gluten free, vegan, and wheat free cupcakes, but we couldn't even finish one.
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition
    NYC’s very popular vegan bakery. Indulge in a gluten free cupcake or slice of cake, sweetened with agave, guilt free!
  • Birds Nest F.
    Brownies and red-velvet cupcakes are by far the most popular! All goods are gluten-free and soy-free!
  • Fee O.
    Fee OJuly 13, 2015
    They have cupcake tops..all vegan and gluten free for those who have restricted diets. Pumpkin madelines, cookies...
  • emily
    emilyFebruary 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the cupcakes but come back for their selection of gluten-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened doughnuts.
  • SammiesIam
    SammiesIamNovember 27, 2014
    Best vegan cupcakes ever. Make sure to keep the cupcake in the fridge or the icing will melt.
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 5, 2015
    Powdered-Sugar Blueberry at Erin McKenna's Bakery: These little guys are vegan and gluten-free (but you’d never be able to tell the difference).
  • Eric S.
    Eric ShineNovember 10, 2014
    Forget the small town allure, I've never had a single bad item! Try the mint brownies, you'll finally believe in magic!
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateSeptember 6, 2014
    Fabulously beautiful and tasty vegan and gluten free cupcakes.
  • Lesleann
    LesleannJanuary 29, 2012
    "Vegan doughnuts from Babycakes rank among our all-around favorites. …flavors: chocolate-y cookie crunch, vanilla sprinkle, a gooey caramel, and classic cinnamon-sugar." - Serious Eats
  • Klines K.
    The Mint Icing on the Mint Brownie is awesome the Brownie itself is like a dry chocolate cupcake theres nothing "brownie" about it
  • Beth B.
    Beth BatesApril 1, 2014
    The toasties are really good and a bit less sweet than the cupcakes--I especially like the apple cran flavor!
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesSeptember 19, 2016
    Donuts are thick and moist (in a good way) 😅
  • alex lane
    alex laneMarch 30, 2010
    best alt-bakery i've been to <3 keep an eye out for cupcake tops (just the best part!), cookie sandwiches, and buy1get1 day-old cupcakes (still perfectly delicious!)
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 30, 2015
    Great vegan, kosher, soy-free, casein-free, wheat-free cupcakes & cookies
  • jenn s.
    jenn silvaOctober 11, 2011
    I have been a fan of their biscuits and jam since day one. But during fall season, try their pumpkin loaf.
  • Lisa
    LisaMarch 12, 2016
    Chocolate brownie cupcake with mint was the best cupcake I've ever had. Period.
  • Nedy Lutfi
    Nedy LutfiJanuary 21, 2011
    They are light and you don't feel like you just ate a whole stick of butter in one go.The frosting is just sweet enough that you don't feel sick to your stomach after eating a giant glob of it.
  • Tiffany K.
    Tiffany KristichApril 3, 2012
    Everyone loves these treats, but I am not impressed! We tried a variety of things and ended up throwing them out. Wont be going back....
  • @HungryEditor B.
    You'll find sweets that are gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free & nut-free, but not taste-free. Perfect for friends w/ multiple food allergies.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammMarch 1, 2011
    I'm not vegan or gluten free and I still love these. The spelt cupcakes have nice body to them, and nothing is overly sweet.
  • Misha
    MishaMay 10, 2013
    This place is a serious contender for best doughnut in the area. Yum!
  • Mommy Shorts
    Mommy ShortsNovember 8, 2010
    Amazing bakery especially for lactose intolerant, nut allergic, gluten adverse kids— even their friends won't know the difference.
  • Danielle W.
    Danielle WilliamsMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    DELICIOUS, but really snobby service. If you're a tattooed vegan hipster they /might/ be nice to you.
  • Cindy T.
    Cindy TAugust 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Believe the hype. Babycakes makes superior treats. My favorite are the brownie cupcake and pumpkin cupcake (which is seasonal).
  • Cassidy
    CassidyAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    donuts and breads are the best - cakes can sometimes be a bit dry.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LauSeptember 17, 2016
    This is the stuff love is made of. Literally could not stop saying wow with every bite. Goodness...
  • Tina R.
    Tina RBDecember 13, 2010
    EXCELENT. Loved the Brownie cupcake. At first I didn't think a vegan cupcake could be good, but I was very wrong.
  • Gilt City C.
    Gilt City CuratorNovember 15, 2011
    Gluten Free? No problem. They sell wheat-free products that taste just as fantastic!
  • Ron C.
    Ron CabreraSeptember 7, 2015
    Can't go wrong with vegan and gluten free baked goods!
  • JP
    JPJune 20, 2011
    Even if you don't get a cupcake, get a shot of frosting...also a cookie and chocolate chip mini donut Read more
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RFebruary 13, 2014
    Cupcakes: wheat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, but also taste-free. Couldn't finish one.
  • ava r.
    ava renDecember 18, 2014
    Bought some for my friends birthday and the presentation is gorgeous. The packaging is provided which is nice
  • Nico C.
    Nico CNovember 30, 2013
    Such a cute place ! Glad to know its 100% gluten free
  • annaloop
    annaloopMay 4, 2014
    biscuit with strawberries and coconut cream. Heaven!
  • Jevonne
    JevonneSeptember 26, 2010
    The lemon ginger cupcake was a pleasant surprise! I also recommend the brownie cupcake...so rich and chocolatey.
  • Kingsley Y.
    Kingsley YoungerApril 8, 2015
    Apparently this is a vegan bakery. Their baked goods are rather sweet from what I read.
  • Lower East Side Partnership
    BabyCakes x Theresa Kasun | Theresa Kasun created this simple and elegant mural for vegan bakeshop, BabyCakes NYC. Read more
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanNovember 19, 2015
    A Vegan and kosher bakery, try the cupcakes!
  • SPIN
    SPINJuly 19, 2011
    Cults lead singer worked here when she first moved to NYC. She only lasted two weeks, but still calls it the best bakery in the world. Go for the Red Velvet.
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LowAugust 18, 2011
    Get their published cookbook and make your own healthy treats at home! That's what I've been doing before I went to New York. ;)
  • Sneha A.
    Sneha AminMay 29, 2010
    Best vegan bakery in nyc! They have gluten free, etc. & different items all the time - when i'm there - imma cookie monsta :d
  • Amina M.
    Amina McKenzieDecember 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is amazing, but the chocolate-dipped donut is heaven.
  • Nikki
    NikkiOctober 13, 2015
    The Samoa doughnut and red velvet cupcakes are to die for!
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HribarDecember 11, 2015
    their doughnuts are heaven!!!!!
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition
    There's a discount available here for all Fall IINto Action conference participants! Give Integrative Nutrition a shout when you check in! Read more
  • Priscila G.
    Priscila GasparAugust 16, 2016
    gluten free, dairy free, soy free, kosher pastries
  • Vivienne G.
    Vivienne GucwaSeptember 5, 2014
    Controversial opinion: I think their cakes are too dense. Nice vegan option but falls short.
  • Mary Z.
    Mary Z.September 7, 2014
    Everything here is great. I can't even call it a guilty please. It's just all delicious
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesApril 13, 2016
    Some of the best donuts in the city. Moist but not in a gross way
  • Holiday
    HolidayFebruary 6
    Not sure why they didn't have their lights on but display case was dark, entire bakery was dark- I couldn't see what there was to order. And the nyu type staff was not helpful!
  • Catherine F.
    Catherine Fortin-DubeFebruary 5, 2015
    Vegan and gluten free GREAT cupcakes. Red velvet ❤️💜💚
  • Meredith M.
    Meredith ModzelewskiMarch 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Even if you're not vegan nor eat gluten-free you will love their treats. They are simply good, no qualifiers needed.
  • Madison B.
    Madison BackJune 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is Mecca for gluten free girls with sweet tooths.
  • Chantele B.
    Chantele BondAugust 10, 2016
    Worth the trip for good Vegan baked goods.
  • Catarina P.
    Catarina PereiraAugust 31, 2014
    The brownie and mint cupcakes!! Oh my goodness!
  • Allegra F.
    Allegra FloresMarch 19, 2012
    Love the product but RUDE SERVICE. Also, the neighborhood is very shady at night.
  • Christy
    ChristySeptember 14, 2013
    Great sweets but i could do wo the hateful attitude!
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanApril 28, 2015
    Chocolate chip sandwich cookies were pretty fucking awesome.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferDecember 12, 2010
    the cookies and brownies are fabulous! (better than the cupcakes!)
  • Daniele C.
    Daniele CodegaApril 11, 2015
    Personally, I pretend that is healthy and I eat a lot of this stuff!
  • Jane Cannary
    Jane CannaryOctober 12, 2014
    The peppermint chocolate cupcake is actual heaven.
  • sake K.
    sake KnockoutOctober 29, 2014
    One of the best vegan bakeries in nyc
  • Lyndsey M.
    Lyndsey McAdamsAugust 25, 2010
    Doughnuts are delicious! I recommend the lemon coconut one! Yummy!
  • Bella F.
    Bella Fletchall-SilvaAugust 13, 2015
    The apple churro was amazing!!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2011
    Their double-chocolate crumb cake is divine!
  • Jen L.
    Jen LeeMay 13, 2009
    Their cookie sandwiches are the star here. Try the chocolate cookie sandwich with strawberry and mint frosting. The cupcakes are decent too. And vegan-friendly.
  • Rusty V.
    Rusty Van RiperAugust 27, 2013
    All vegan, all gluten-free, all the time! 🍩🍰🍪...😻
  • Tara K.
    Tara KrieseSeptember 11, 2011
    go for a topper or the banana bread ... vegan heaven!
  • Joy A.
    Joy AllenJune 28, 2014
    I moved to the city for their oatmeal raisin cookie sandwiches. I'm not kidding.
  • Marisa F.
    Marisa FrankJanuary 16, 2011
    Frosting, you can ask for frosting on everything, it's worth the little bit extra!!
  • Stéphanie N.
    Stéphanie NtAugust 28, 2016
    Coup de coeur de la pâtisserie Gluten Free . Hyper sain et hyper bon !! Un délice .. À faire absolument .
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