Just around the corner from our apartment rental in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is Cake Man Raven Confectionary. You know that saying, “do one thing, and do it really well”? That’s Cake Man Raven. This guy (whose real name is Raven Patrick De’Sean Dennis III) makes red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, and makes it better than anyone else. He’s won numerous awards, made his cakes for many celebrities, has appeared on various TV shows, etc etc etc. Read his Wikipedia entry here – it’s quite entertaining!
My favourite part of the Cake Man Raven shop is how simple it is. Two counters with refrigerated display cases, holding nothing but slices of red velvet cake. No need to be paralyzed by choice in this place. And at $6 per slice (and the slice is huge), it’s a deal.
Cake Man Raven shared his Southern Red Velvet Cake recipe with the Food Network, and you can view it here. I guess I could try and make it, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be as good. I’ll just have to keep visiting the Cake Man Raven shop when I visit NYC.
[photos of Cake Man Raven Confectionary taken by me]