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Cakes continued

Lovin Sullivan Cakes
32 West 20th St., near Fifth Ave.
By appointment only
Kate Sullivan says she rarely does the same cake twice, and encourages clients to challenge her with original ideas. For a baby shower, try the “Nest”–a moss-green buttercream crowned with snuggling marzipan birds ($9 per serving). For a birthday, there’s 3D Kitty, a 15-inch Hello Kitty in a pink buttercream snowsuit ($12 per serving).

Lovin Sullivan's Happy Flower Cake. (Photo Credit: Kristine Larsen)

Magnolia Bakery
401 Bleecker St., at 11th St.
This beloved downtown bakery specializes in old-fashioned cakes and cupcakes. Choose from an assortment of flavors; they’ll decorate the top with classic decorations (like sugar flowers and sprinkles) or inscriptions. Cakes for four to six people start at $18; cupcakes are $1.75 each.

Make My Cake
103 W. 110th St., at Lenox Ave.
2380 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., at 139th St.
Request one of JoAnn Baylor’s custom cakes in the shape of a Disney or Sesame Street character, or ask her to scan a photo onto the top; flavors range from red velvet to sour-cream pound. A cake for ten starts at $25; scanning a photo, $20 extra.

1032 Lexington Ave., near 73rd St.
This revered confections shop produces sumptuous customized children’s cakes in a range of flavors, topped with exquisite, hand-crafted marzipan figures (like Winnie-the-Pooh). Cakes are from $5.25 per slice.

The Perfect Cake, Inc.
Diana Alerhand takes pride in creating playful and childlike cakes. Whether you request dinosaurs, rocking horses, or cartoon characters, she obliges with a vibrant creation. Flavors and fillings are traditional: chocolate, vanilla, or fresh strawberries. Cakes from $4 to $10 per serving.

Polka Dot Cake Studio
312 Bleecker St., near Grove St.
The darling cakes at this two-year-old West Villager range from plain vanilla to the truly sinful (and newly relevant) Bleecker Street Blackout. Design touches are whimsical, like starbursts and polka dots ($6 to $12 per slice).

Ruthy’s Baked Goods
75 Ninth Ave., near 15th St.
501 W. 57th St., near Tenth Ave.
Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, 23rd St. at West Side Hwy.
This Chelsea Market mainstay produces impeccably designed photo-cakes, plus everything from strawberry shortcakes to delicious cheesecakes, decorated to your specs. Starting at $24.95 for eight to ten people.

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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide