Sometimes I lie awake at night thinking of eating an entire crack pie from Momofuko Milk Bar or One Girl Cookies’ vanilla cake with raspberry jam filling and delectable buttercream. But when it comes to my son and his upcoming 5th birthday, he’s not as impressed with the gourmet sweets. In fact, the cake tasting is not even part of the equation for him—it’s all about the shape of a hamburger.
Brooklyn is known for artisanal delicacies, and there’s no shortage here of delicious confections. But what my son and many children prefer is a cake in the shape of a princess, superhero or Elmo. For his birthday party, I thought I’d have to dust off my cake mixer, until I realized that Brooklyn has me covered with kid-friendly cakes that also are adult edible.
F Monteleone Bakery, 355 Court Street, Carroll Gardens, 718-852-5600
The sign on the door claims that they have “cakes for all occasions,” and according to my son, they have the cake for his birthday. The glass display of 3-D cakes is eye catching, and my son immediately zeroed in on the strawberry shortcake layered cake in the shape of a hamburger. Additionally, there is an autumnal pumpkin cannoli cream cake or a nutella and chocolate ladybug. Italian pastry chef Antonio Fiorentino has been making sweets since the age of 12, so there’s no chance of sacrificing taste. Cakes start around $25.
La Gran Via Bakery, 4516 5th Ave, Sunset Park, 718-810-9940
This Spanish bakery in Sunset Park is happy to build the cake of your child’s dreams. “You dream it, we’ll design it” is actually their motto. A giant Yo Gabba Gabba Tres Leches cake that feeds 150 people? Done. A three layer Hello Kitty chocolate cake complete with swirls of piped flowers, and inscribed with your daughter’s name and age? Check. Nothing is too extreme here, if you are willing to pay the price. Cakes range from $13 for a 7″ round cake to $175 to $275 for 3-D designs, like this doll cake.
Fairway Market, 500 Van Brunt St, Red Hook, 718-254-0923
Kids can be pretty picky and sometimes they have a specific image in their minds of how the cake should look. In that case, it’s time for an edible image cake from Fairway. Choose from small round layer cakes or sheet cakes, and bring your own photo or choose from their licensed images. For those tiny tyrants, a photo of their face should amuse them, or their favorite toy, pet or superhero. Just allow three days for your custom cake and email your personal photos to redhookcatering@
Garden of Eden, 180 Montague St. Brooklyn Heights, 718-222-1515
It’s the day of the party and your ambitious pinterest plans for a Frozen themed layer cake have fallen flat. What do you do? Run over to Garden of Eden’s bakery for their chocolate mousse with buttercream Sunflower Cake, which will brighten up any cold weather party table. Buy some gummy worms from the candy aisle and have yourself a garden party! $25.99 for the 8-inch cake.
Cookie Road, 94 Franklin Street, Greenpoint, 718-383-8094
Cookie Road makes cakes to order in a variety of flavors, including seasonal favorites like pumpkin cheesecake. While the cakes veer toward normal in size and shape, you can really let loose with their decorated cookies. Polar bears, Day of the Dead skulls, kaleidoscope stars, gorgeous leaves and frisky squirrels are all just a few examples, and range from $2.50-$5 a cookie. Additionally, you can custom order cookies depending on your child’s preference for about the same price, just build in a few days of lead time. Cakes start around $40.