About Us

The Cake Shop Known for Cookies

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. Gourmet cupcakes and half pound cookies are baked fresh each and every day.

Our shop is located on the basement level of a residential building at 251 West 18th Street in Manhattan, between 7th and 8th Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood and a few blocks west of the famous Highline Park. 

We are open all seven days a week from 11am until 9pm. Currently we offer no retail seating, however, you are more than welcome to grab a snack and go. Tastings and on-the-spot consultations are not available at this time, however we welcome you to schedule one by contacting us! We tend to occasionally sell out of some items, so we ask you to be patient with us in case this happens - a small shop like ours only has so much room and believe it or not, one oven!

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 info@citycakes.com for any cake or wholesale orders, or try calling us at (646) 688-2286. 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.

 

Chef Sarah Pleitez

Chef Sarah Pleitez grew up in Southern California and received training from The California School of Culinary Arts Le Cordon Bleu. She started decorating cakes at a family owned business in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and after a few years moved to NYC to develop her love for buttercream and baking. While she started training alongside Chef Benny as an intern, Chef Sarah now manages all of City Cakes and specializes in custom recipe design, leading our wholesale business and partnerships and especially loves doing custom cupcake, cookie and creative sugar work based on customer requests.

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