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Silk Cakes Opens Takeout Store in Forest Hills

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | January 27, 2014 4:11pm
 The bakery offers Asian inspired wedding and specialty cakes.
Silk Cakes Opens Retail Store in Forest Hills
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QUEENS — Now takeout's a piece of cake.

Silk Cakes — the Lower East Side bakery known for its elaborate and Asian-inspired wedding cakes — opened in Forest Hills this past weekend, marking the eatery's second location, the owners said.

But the new spot on Metropolitan Avenue, unlike the Lower East Side bakery, serves cupcakes and cake slices to go instead of being appointment-only, along with coffees and teas in a variety of flavors.

“For years, people have stopped by our Ludlow Street store in Manhattan, hoping to sample our cakes, and we are so happy to be able to finally offer this option,” said Judy Lai, the owner of Silk Cakes and former cake chef at the International Culinary Center in Manhattan.

“The Metropolitan Avenue location is the perfect spot for us, and we are looking forward to becoming part of this vibrant community,” added Lai, who recently moved to Forest Hills.

The Forest Hills' retail store offers the bakery's most popular cakes and cupcakes.

Among the cakes, which cost $5.50 a slice, patrons will find black sesame flavor with green tea truffle and yuzu buttercream, chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and semi-sweet chocolate, carrot cake with cream cheese and basic buttercream, pandan cake with coconut whipped cream, and Thai tea flavor with condensed milk, butter cream and white chocolate truffle.

There are also a variety of cupcakes, priced at $3.50, with flavors including green tea cake with blueberry buttercream and semi-chocolate truffle, banana cake with nutella buttercream and semi-sweet chocolate truffle, and Thai tea option with condense milk, buttercream and white chocolate truffle.

Lai, whose parents came to New York from Hong Kong, said that in designing cakes, she likes to use Chinese letters, floral and animal shapes common in Asian art, such as koi fish and cranes, as well as Asian fabric patterns. She also uses a number of Asian ingredients, including green tea, black sesame and Japanese lemon.

The store, located at 98-14 Metropolitan Ave., is open Tues-Suns from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.