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Gay-friendly bakeries in New York City

Just desserts

for The Brooklyn Paper

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Serve your guests a slice of Americana with a pie from Baked. (Photo courtesy of Baked).
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The award-winning whoopie pie from Baked is a dark chocolate cookie sandwich with a vanilla buttercream filling. (Photo courtesy of Baked).
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Baked goodness from Baked. (Photo courtesy of Baked).
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Banana custard delight c/o Baked. (Photo courtesy of Baked).
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A rainbow pride wedding cake form Baked. (Photo courtesy of Baked).
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A gay-friendly wedding cake from Baked. (Photo courtesy of Baked).
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Pumpkin whoopee pies from Baked. (Photo courtesy of Baked).
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Founders Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff. (Photo courtesy of Big Gay Ice Cream).
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Big Gay Ice Cream’s truck. (Photo courtesy of Big Gay Ice Cream).
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Big Gay Ice Cream’s “Salty Pimp,” a vanilla cone with dulce de leche and sea salt coated in chocolate dip. (Photo courtesy of Big Gay Ice Cream).
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Magnolia does more than just cupcakes. (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery).
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Magnolia can put your and your partner’s initials on a cupcake for your wedding. (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery).

Some traditions should be kept — like hosting an annual Oscars party, a summer trip to Fire Island, and you and your partner’s private pants-free Sunday ritual. Others, like Federal law’s refusal to legally recognize same-sex marriage, are clearly meant to be broken. Raise your glass, celebrate change, and think outside the bakery-box by offering your guests a tasty twist on the formal wedding cake. Here are just a few ideas that spin convention on its head.

Big Gay Ice Cream

125 E. Seventh St.

Manhattan

(212) 533–9333

Like the idea of guests clinking cones in your honor? Big Gay Ice Cream can provide a classic truck at your reception. Originally rolling out in 2009, founders Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff added their brick-and-mortar location in the East Village in 2011. The chilly, sugar store-on-wheels can serve up swirls of unique, creamy creations like Salty Pimp (a vanilla cone with dulce de leche and sea salt coated in chocolate dip) and the Mermaid (a cup of vanilla ice cream, key lime curd, crushed graham crackers, and whipped cream) at your wedding. In addition to serving all their customers a wink and a smile, the company supports the gay community in many ways, like working with the True Colors Residence in Harlem. We’ll lick to that!

Magnolia Bakery

401 Bleecker St.

Manhattan

(212) 462–2572

If you’re a fan of cute, little cups of moist cake perfection, then go straight to the source. Magnolia Bakery, located in the heart of the West Village, has been baking up buttercream-topped handfuls of happy since 1996, making them the originators of the cupcake craze. Plus, the bakery works closely with the LGBT community, offering cupcakes adorned with tiny rainbows that boast gay pride. For couples tying the knot, the shop offers a gorgeous, deconstructed wedding cake tower consisting of elegantly frosted cupcakes that come in a variety of flavors the range from chocolate and vanilla to red velvet, coconut, and gingerbread. It’s something a little offbeat for the creative twosome that wants to have their cake and eat it, too.

Retro Deserts by Baked

359 Van Brunt St.

Red Hook, Brooklyn

(718) 222–0345

Give your guests the warm-and-fuzzies by offering homey, nostalgia-inducing desserts. Baked in Red Hook, Brooklyn cooks up classics like lemon meringue, butterscotch tarts, whoopie pies, and cakes adorned with pride colors that offer a small spin on tradition. Baked is gay-owned business and offers a 10 percent discount to gay and lesbian couples on their wedding day. “Nothing makes me happier than to see a gay couple come to Baked so we can provide them with an amazing dessert for their big day,” says co-owner Renato Poliafito. So if you’re looking for homespun Americana with a dash of kitsch, look to Baked, where the only thing missing is grandma’s doilies.

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