A few months ago when I was visiting Chelsea, the neighborhood I grew up in, I stopped into Empire Cake. I had been curious about this place for a while but thought it was just another cupcake place that had recently sprouted up (like a mushroom after a heavy rain). I came to realize that that assumption was way off the mark. In fact, the more things I tried at Empire Cake–the more impressed I became. It turns out that this place has what I jokingly call a “serious commitment to excellence”.
The single thing that stuck out for me was how fresh everything was. Every different cake or cookie seemed like it was just baked and perfectly executed. I also liked their copious use of dark chocolate on and around everything. The basic sponge/pound cake “Twinkie” dipped in dark chocolate was a real winner–simple, but with an ultra-moist cake and a perfect, shell-like dark chocolate coating.
Even the cupcakes won me over. They have a chocolate cupcake dipped entirely in chocolate and a peanut butter and jelly cupcake that was fantastic.
The prices are reasonable as well. Stop in and let me know what you think.