The Best Red Velvet Cake And Where To Find It In New York City

Photo of Clareese Hill
23 November 2016

Red velvet cake is one of New York City’s most popular and indulgent baked goods. The vibrant red color in this iconic dessert comes from an acidic reaction between cocoa, buttermilk and baking soda; but we know you’re not here for a chemistry lesson. Here’s our list of our favorite places to find red velvet cake in NYC.

Sweet Revenge Crimson and Cream | © Clareese Hill

Sweet Revenge

Bar, American, Spanish, $$$
Cupcakes and beer
Cupcakes and beer | ©Allie Cooper
For a double treat visit Sweet Revenge Restaurant and Wine Bar, where owner and founder Marlo Scott carefully curates rich desserts with wine and beer. Their Crimson and Cream cupcake offers a fruity twist on classic red velvet; the rustic raspberry velvet cake is topped with cream cheese icing, dusted with cinnamon and topped with a raspberry drizzle. Pair your cupcake with a mildly sweet raspberry Bellini or a Belhaven Scottish ale. Marlo suggests tasting each element individually in order to become acquainted with the complexity of the flavors. If you enjoy them both separately, mix them together to experience a true harmony of flavors.

Piece of Velvet

Bakery, American, $$$
Two Little Red Hens
Two Little Red Hens | © Clareese Hill
Piece of Velvet is located in Brooklyn’s charming Fort Greene neighborhood. The bakery opened in 2013 in the same storefront where famed red velvet master Cake Man Raven once had his shop. Piece of Velvet expands on the tradition of the location by only specializing in velvet cakes that feature the smoothest and creamiest texture. Here, you’ll find a variety of velvet cakes, from caramel to coconut and pineapple. Their red velvet cake uses a traditional recipe that has been refined to complete perfection. Piece of Velvet also has two other locations in Harlem and Coney Island.

Two Little Red Hens

Bakery, Cafe, Pastelaria, American, $$$
Two Little Red Hens Bakery is tucked away in a cute storefront on the Upper West Side. They boast a wide range of cupcakes from chocolate and vanilla swirl to seasonal banana with cream cheese icing. Their red velvet cake, topped with a light layer of rich cream cheese icing, allows both texture and flavor to shine. Shop workers say that their red velvet cake is particularly special because it’s served at room temperature, which ensures a smooth and fluffy texture each time.
Baked Traditional Red Velvet (Left), Cinnamon Vanilla Buttercream (Right) | © Clareese Hill
Baked Traditional Red Velvet (Left), Cinnamon Vanilla Buttercream (Right) | © Clareese Hill


Bakery, Cafe, North American, Contemporary, $$$
Baked goods
Baked goods | © Pexels / Pixabay
Baked has found great success in not being your average bakery. They offer a wide range of decadent goodies, taking great pride in preserving their classic treats. Their red velvet cake is steeped in tradition, relying on the rich flavor of Valrhona cocoa powder rather than food coloring. Luxurious icing compliments the cocoa; opt for traditional cream cheese or cinnamon vanilla buttercream on top.

Make My Cake

Bakery, Pastries, American, $$$
Make My Cake has been a Harlem gem for over 15 years. Working from old-fashioned recipes, this bakery boasts a wide variety of cookies, cupcakes and other treats that can indulge even the most discerning sweet tooth. A New York Times pick, their red velvet is an established favorite, creating the perfect blend of rich cocoa and smooth cream cheese. Their unique recipe plays with the earthiness of the cocoa and the tangy flavor of the icing to create a flavor harmony that is both luxurious and delicious.

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