About Us


Come visit our new HQ at 155 W 18th in Lower Manhattan, NYC~

City Cakes is a high end cake shop that takes inspiration from NYC's diverse melting pot and uses it to create gorgeous works of edible art, both stunning and delicious. City Cakes is also known to make some of the world's best cookies, their signature line weighing in at a half pound each.

Our new HQ opened in Spring 2021, just one block away from our original Basement Bakery location. While we were sad to say goodbye to that location, we are more than excited to host you safely in our larger and safer HQ.

Our famously original Half Pound Cookies are baked fresh each and every day, along with our Gourmet Cupcakes, Latin-inspired NICE SLICE cakes, Takeaway Cakes, NICE SLICE Pies and more! Cookies can also be covered in our signature frostings with sprinkles, halved and filled with two scoops of gelato for an amazing ice cream sandwich, or stacked 3x high to make the most unique little cookie cake ever, serving 6-8 people.

Additionally with our new headquarters, we are able to offer an entire line of City Cakes Coffee House blends, iced Bakers Espresso on tap, as well as a full line of hand chosen Harney & Sons Teas. 

Any of these things are available for local delivery *within range* or preorder for quick pickup by visiting this link.

Our shop is located on the ground level of a residential building called The Flynn at 155 West 18th Street in Manhattan, between 7th and 8th Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood and a few blocks East of the famous Highline Park. The Local Red 1 subway line has a stop at the end of our block (West 18th Street) or we're a short walk from the 8th Avenue Blue A,C,E or Grey L lines at West 14th Street, or the 8th Avenue Local Blue C or E at West 23rd Street.

Our hours are changing often due to staffing and current Covid-related challenges (traffic influx, variation, police activity, etc). Please don't hold this against us, and check out Google for latest updated hours.

Currently we offer very limited retail seating, however, you are required by law to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19. We welcome you to schedule a cake tasting by starting the design conversation when you contact us! We tend to occasionally sell out of some items, so we ask you to be patient with us in case this happens - it is hard to predict traffic these days and we are doing the best we can.

Please use the contact us link above if you have an inquiry regarding a cake, cupcake or cookie order. You can also email us directly at for any cake or wholesale orders, or try calling us at (646) 688-2286 and listen to the options for direction (or press 0 during the main menu to speak with someone). Even if you choose to call, we will still require email communication about all orders, as we do not like to give quotes over the phone and prefer to email with all order confirmations so nothing is lost in translation!  We hope you understand and thank you for your patience.


Meet the City Cakes Team 

Chef Benny Rivera

Chef Benny Rivera had a long career in financial analysis before realizing he wanted to get back into a creative hobby he started in Puerto Rico back when he was growing up. Studying at the Institute of Culinary Education, French Culinary Institute and under the guidance of renowned cake designer Colette Peters, Chef Benny now specializes in some of the most advanced techniques and has been instrumental at coming up with inventive methods that have redefined certain elements of modern cake design. Chef Rivera is a member of the Food Artist's Group and can be found teaching cake courses and methodologies around the world. He not only specializes in three dimensional sculpted cakes, pumpkins and chocolate, but also sugar paste flowers, buttercream, royal icing and creative fondant techniques. He was featured on The Rachael Ray Show as well as TLC's Fabulous Cakes and My Secret Wedding. He has also been a contestant on The Food Network Challenge, Sugar Dome and two seasons of Halloween Wars. His work has been featured in Brides Magazine, The Knot, New York Magazine, Traveler's Magazine and most recently on the cover of Cake Masters. Chef Benny absolutely loves working with couples, parents and clients to take their ideas for celebration cakes and absolutely bring them to edible life.


Chef Marc Coolrecht

Since the age of 14, Chef Marc Coolrecht has had many positions in the food and hospitality industry and absolutely loves working with clients and customers to make their events memorable and delicious. He also has been taught modern baking and cake design techniques through courses from the Institute of Culinary Education, French Culinary Institute as well as under coursework from Chef Colette Peters. Chef Marc continues to work in the culinary manufacturing industry, developing his love for food production and output, and also has a keen sweet palette as well as a love for recipe design and flavor development.


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