Downton Abbey Cupcakes and More at Empire Cake

IMG_2132Every couple of weeks I find myself wander along eighth avenue in Chelsea and, without fail, the windows at Empire Cake stop me in my tracks.  I’m not a big fan of big fancy cakes mostly because wedding or birthday cakes, even though you might appreciate the workmanship that went into them, mostly look like they deserve their own blog post on cake wrecks.

If someone had said to me Oh Mark I bought these beautiful cup cakes with photos of all the characters on Downton Abbey on them  I would’ve rolled my eyes and thought: that’s just not possible.  And I would have been totally wrong as you can see from the above picture. This whole trend of photo icing (is that even a term?) seems vaguely creepy to me, are their chemicals involved?  Should we really be eating that? Then you see the above cupcakes and all those nagging questions disappear. Whoever is in charge at Empire Cake is a genius, all the things that I would have thought were impossible to pull off in a classy appealing way they manage to do with aplomb.  Look at this cake below, how long must it take to make something like this?IMG_2133These are characters from Toy Story (I think?) on a festive christmas cake.  The skill and artistry in this cake blows me away.  I am not a big fan of fondant, but it sure is a brilliant medium for the chefs at Empire Cake to create their edible sculptures.  Wouldn’t you cringe having to cut into a cake this amazing to eat it?  I wouldn’t want to destroy. IMG_2138If you aren’t in the market for a large or small fondant masterpiece for a special occasion, but instead  just want  something sweet to snack on while you stroll around Chelsea Empire Cake has you covered.   They have a good selection of more traditional pastry offerings including some new takes on old favorites like Snowballs, Twinkies and Swiss Rolls, they even have Stumptown coffee.IMG_2134With ingredients sourced from the Union Square Market, a whimsical contemporary aesthetic and an incredibly talented kitchen full of bakers Empire Cake is redefining American cake making and is a must visit when you are in Chelsea and in need of a little pick me up.

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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