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Lovin Sullivan Cakes
32 West 20th St., near Fifth Ave.
212-691-4330
cakepower.com
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.
212-462-2572
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.
212-932-0833
2380 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., at 139th St.
212-234-2344
makemycake.com
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.

Payard
1032 Lexington Ave., near 73rd St.
212-717-5252
payard.com
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.
212-481-7467
perfectcake.com
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.
212-645-0500
polkadotcakes.com
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.
212-463-8800
501 W. 57th St., near Tenth Ave.
212-489-7575
Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, 23rd St. at West Side Hwy.
212-336-6333
ruthysbakery.com
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
   
   
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