Cupcake hunt: Empire Cake

Empire Cake ext

My lovely NYC neighbour ‘ACP’ told me I had to go to Empire Cake and try their Salted Caramel Cupcake.

I told her I was actually going to be down near that area on Sunday and popped in after going through the pop-up Seinfeld apartment.

Gambit and I had been past and in Empire Cake before but I had never been in the mood to try anything (I know, I must have been ill).

So on Sunday I made up for my past opportunities and bought their Salted Caramel Cupcake, Brooklyn Blackout Snack Cake and a slice of their Liz Lemon cake.  As soon as the sales person told me it was called Liz Lemon – I knew I had to have it.

Salted Caramel Cupcake

“Chocolate cake with a salted caramel filling, frosted with Belgian chocolate ganache and a sprinkle of sea salt.”

I thought it was pretty good.  Definitely has the salt element.  The ganache was quite hard and I should have taken my neighbour’s advice and nuked it in the mircowave for 10 secs to melt it down a bit.

Salted caramel cupcake

A tray of Salted Caramel cupcakes

Salted caramel cupcake 2

Inside the Salted Caramel Cupcake

Cupcake and snack cake

My to-go box with the Cupcake & Snack Cake

Cupcake and snack cake 2

Left: Snack cake Right: Cupcake

Brooklyn Blackout Snack Cake (snack cake = homemade twinkie)

“..chocolate cake with chocolate pudding filling, dipped in Belgian chocolate and sprinkled with cake crumbs”

This was nice.  It was like a home made twinkie.  I could definitely see how these could be popular.

Brooklyn Snack cake

Brooklyn Blackout Snack cake

Liz Lemon

“Vanilla crème fraîche cake layered with organic lemon curd and frosted with black currant Swiss meringue buttercream.”

My favourite cake in New York so far.  It was like a lemon meringue wrapped with cake wrapped in creamy frosting.

Liz Lemon

My slice of Liz Lemon

Liz Lemon 2

Liz Lemon exposed

Liz Lemon - inside

Liz Lemon is so lemony


Empire Cake is one of ‘the’ cake places to go to for your decorated cakes.

Minion cake

3 tier Minion Cake

So how much is this Minion cake?

Only $2500-3000 USD.  Chump change really.

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