Desserts Soul Food

Red Velvet Cake – Make My Cake Harlem New York

April 26, 2005

red velvet cake - make my cake harlem new york

Make My Cake

103 W. 110th Street
New York, NY
Phone: 212.932.0833
Fax: 212.923.3198

Make My Cake

2380 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd
New York, NY
Phone: 212.234.2344
Fax: 212.234.2327

Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe by Food TV

I wrote a lot about Tiramisu over the past few weeks but out here in New York (at least in Harlem) it’s all about the red velvet cake. What is red velvet cake? For many, Red Velvet cake is a wonderfully sweet and smooth cake with Southern roots. There’s also the urban legend from the 1940s where a patron of the Waldorf Astoria asked the chef for the recipe for Red Velvet Cake. She was given an index card with the recipe for the Red Velvet Cake and a bill for $350. After failing to fight the bill in court, she mailed the recipe to every publication and every friend she had in order to “spoil” the Waldorf Astoria’s secret recipe for the Red Velvet Cake.

In any case I thought I would try it out at one of the fine cake making establishments in Harlem: Make My Cake (they have 2 locations and today I visited the one up on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). Pretty cool name by the way. Inside at the counter we saw postings on the bulletin board for “Fix my computer” company. Maybe there should be a “Do My Laundry”, “Wash My Car”, or “Walk My Dog” company? ha ha.

In the shop, they sell all sorts of cakes including a great display of cup cakes:
make my cake harlem - cup cakes

The red velvet cake is sold whole or in slices:
red velvet cake - make my cake harlem new york

The slices of red velvet cake are individually packaged:
red velvet cake - make my cake harlem new york

I would have to say that this cake is one to die for – it’s rich, smooth and very moist. The cream cheese frosting is a little overwhelming on the sweet side but the crusty frosting gives a nice crunchy texture.
make my cake harlem - red velvet cake

My next stop is the famous Cake Man Raven down in Brooklyn. I heard he’s got the best Red Velvet Cake.

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  • Reply rolo May 2, 2005 at 6:39 pm

    you are making my mouth water….

  • Reply rolo May 2, 2005 at 9:37 pm

    Check out this restaurant in Taiwan with a complete toilet theme.

  • Reply Berry April 11, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    I can’t imagine his cake being better than Make my Cake. Anxiously awaiting your review :-)

  • Reply Berry April 11, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    By the way, I heard the 110th location closed but they will be relocating on the corner of St. Nick and 116th Street.

  • Reply Elizabeth K. Mahon April 19, 2006 at 10:40 am

    I love Red Velvet Cake. Magnolia and Buttercup Bakery both make Red Velvet cupcakes as well as Red Velvet cake. I’ve heard that same story told in regards to the cookies sold at Neiman Marcus! It seems to be an urban legend.

  • Reply Vanessa September 13, 2006 at 10:57 am

    Although Make My Cake has a good red velvet cake, the best is in Brooklyn at CakeMan Raven on Fulton Street. The best sweetpotato cheesecake I’ve ever had came from Make My Cake.

  • Reply Melissa December 3, 2006 at 9:11 am

    Real Red Velvet cake does not have a cream cheese frosting!!!! You make a paste like you would if you were making a thick white sauce and add it to a vanilla buttercream

  • Reply Destiny February 5, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    you have 1 of the bestest cakes in the world.pls tell me that i can order it off line

  • Reply Lenny March 25, 2007 at 8:45 am

    stopped by yesterday
    ordered the red velvet (yummy) and the lemon cake. .
    very good. alsot ordered the chocolate frosted chocolate cupcake. . (yuck what happened)all day
    noticable difference in freshness – i dont understand. . not sure if i want a hit n miss scenario with the freshness issues. .

    enjoy things

  • Reply Cams June 2, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    This was posted a long time ago but I must agree saying that Cake Man Raven has the best RVC.

  • Reply Tracey October 31, 2007 at 11:41 am

    Yes both Cakeman Raven and Make my Cake have the best Red Velvet Cakes!!! Cake Man is my favorite of the two. But I ordered a Red Velvet Cake from a small Dessert Catering Company in brooklyn called mySWEETS by Arie & Sarah and it was the best ever!!! It was so good and very inexpensive. I was referred by a friend,

  • Reply chris February 20, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    who was that that said that you don’t use cream cheese frosting on a red velvet cake? whomever said that, must be from south dakota or something. no offense. every since i can remember, my great grandmother has been making red velvet cake with a cream cheese frosting and that’s that!

  • Reply Bree May 19, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Cake Man Raven’s red velvet cake is the best. hands down.Check out his website and see why every celebrity, politician , athlete and average joe schmo order from him. He is now selling in Applebees also. His other cakes and pastries are excellent also.

  • Reply cora kimble September 9, 2008 at 6:05 am

    i would like to know if you make wedding cakes and if so i would like to order one for my wedding on September 22, 2008

  • Reply Michelle March 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    ok I was in love with cake man until until I was introduced to a cake from jazz and jade. Now that’s one that comes like an addiction

  • Reply Michelle March 18, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    oh I forgot it’s the red velvet cake I’m referring to. Give it a try

  • Reply Nicky April 14, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I ordered my sister’s wedding cake from Make My Cake in June 2006. Ever since then, my mother, my aunt, two sisters and I have been fantasizing about their Red Velvet cake! It was heaven on the tongue! My mother, aunt and one sister are big time, high-end bakers and they are highly critical of most commercially-bought baked goods. Make My Cake’s Red Velvet got their whole-hearted thumbs up. The cake texture was nice and solid, not crumbly. The color was a divine, rich, sinful red. (Think bordello red!) The flavor had that perfect touch of cocoa, not too much and not too subtle that you could barely sense it. The frosting was excellent. I highly recommend it!

  • Reply Kels September 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Sorry to bust the bubble of anyone who though, said , wrote , assumed or dreamed that Cakeman’s red velvet was/is better. Sorry to hear you might need to have that head examined. Seriously though, Make My Cake is easily the best red velvet cake on the planet. I live near this spot and work near cake man raven’s spot. Although he does his thing as well, it’s not as tasty , nor moist as M.M.C(we’ll refer to this acronym for Make my cake for the rest of this review). They also make cup cakes but the sliced cakes make you want to” slap ya momma”. They cost about $5 bucks a slice and like 50+ for 7″ and better. So you think your favorite baker can mess with this spot, go ahead. I dare you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you not to waste your time. This cake is sick!!! Everyone that I have given a piece to gies nuts over the moisture , texture and pure taste of this treat. If you don’t like this cake , something is wrong with your taste buds.. My name is Kels and I endorse this message… One Luv!!

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