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Whenever I go to New York City, I am always delighted to spend some time with my friend Erin McKenna, owner and head baker at Erin McKenna Bakery, one of the sweetest places in Manhattan. On this visit, we had a nice chat, then headed to the kitchen where she taught me how to make gluten-free doughnuts (recipe included) and create the signature frosting swirl on their fantastic cupcakes, which I was anxious to master. Those who succeed, have the distinct honor of proudly wearing the BabyCakes uniform. Spoiler: I almost succeeded!


Related Links

BabyCakesNYC (

BabyCakes Covers the Classics (Amazon)


Start Your Own…Bakery (NY Magazine)

BabyCakes (Gluten-Free Girl)

Quit Your Job! A Q&A with Erin McKenna of BabyCakes (The Awl)



    • Lynnée

    What fun! You are terrifically telegenic – I hope you make more videos.

    • Joann

    This was such a fun post and wonderful video—so inspiring as I just recently learned that I am gluten intolerant….bRAVo!!!!
    Joann in CO

    • Jessica

    Maaw! What a lovely little video to wake up to. x

    • parisbreakfast

    Wish you had a cooking show!!

    • tracy via the traveling cupcake

    Such a cute video – it looks like you guys had a blast together! Any chance there will be a BabyCakes/David Lebovitz collaboration in the future?

    • Paris Paul

    Wonderful! Hard to tell which one of you is the true Babycakes!

    • Y

    What a sweet video! That last scene totally cracked me up.

    • Monica

    LOVED this video – thank you! It’s great to see and hear you “live” like that. Such fun to watch…I had a good laugh!

    • Gretchen @

    This video is great–I love the way it was put together, and the way your humor shines through (just like in your books and on your blog). And the scene with you stuck in the uniform–priceless.

    • JennyBakes

    What fun! I’m surprised but pleased to see they bake their donuts. The idea of frying things at home has always scared me away. I have most of these ingredients on hand from trying her wonder buns recipe, so the donuts are worth a shot!

    • Sini

    Loved the video! Want to make doghnuts (never knew they were made in doughnut moulds in the oven) and cupcakes too!

    • Lando

    Love it! Wait, no vanilla extract in France? Just the bean? The last scene was hilarious! Haha

    • ciaochowlinda

    The baking surprised me – I would have thought the doughnuts were fried. It was nice attaching a voice and movement to David Lebovitz – a person I know only through the written word. and that last spot – maybe you better stay with your own shirts, rather than the Babycakes uniform.

    • la domestique

    The video is fantastic! I love baby cakes and Erin? You are very good on video!

    • Sue

    So much fun to watch! Thanks David and Erin!

    • Doukissa

    How sweet and natural. Big Baby~~you are a star!

    • Maangchi

    Hey David great to meet you! That’s me in the video at 8:06!

    • Vicki Bensinger

    What a fun video. I’ve never been to Babycakes but will definitely plan to visit next time I’m in NY. So are you a master donut maker now? If so, I see a new book in your future.

    • TheFromagette

    You’re awesome. My favorite part? You “slipping into” that pink dress – hahaha

    • The Italian Dish

    David, you are so darn cute.

    • Susan

    Fun video. Fun to see the person behind all the humor on this blog. You like to play and.I love you for that!

    • kate

    this was a wonderful video! it has been bookmarked!

    • Anna

    This is a great video, and I love how you reminisce on your experience at Chez Panisse. Once I get a chance to go back to New York I would love to visit all the places you tell your stories about. Would be nice to be an apprentice in one of them to learn what they do so well. Thanks for showing this to us!

    • derryanne

    I have just started reading all things David! It was great to see him live in a video. He is just as funny and charming in real life as he is in his books and blog. I am having a big birthday party tomorrow and will try one of his recipes for the first time. I am wanting to impress some guests so I am sure David’s recipe will be a shining star!!! I agree with other comments…do MORE videos!!!

    • Danielle

    Wow! This video is so entertaining, and your blog is one of my favorite discoveries since moving to Paris.

    She’s so cute: “Ok that’s really French of them.”

    • Krizia

    David – it’s great to see you as opposed to just reading you.

    These addresses look delicious!

    Thanks for sharing – I really enjoyed learning more about you.


    • Jane Ridolfi

    great, fun video…now I have to replay it to perfect that frosting swirl!

    • Donna Adams

    CUTE!!!! Thanks!!!!

    • Elizabeth

    Spanx! LOL

    • Chrissy @

    Dear Cooking Channel,

    Please give David Lebovitz a cooking show.


    • Tom

    Ha great video David..seriously you need to have your own cooking show!!

    • blissing

    You are adorable!

    • Stephanie

    David, I know I am not alone when I say this….

    You make the world a better place!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for all your advice, research and insights into food, France and many other things.

    • Ginger

    She should tie her hair out of the way and wash her hands after she handles her hair.



    • Lisa

    That was so entertaining! Thanks!

    • Lisa @ Tarte du Jour

    Fun video…David you are a natural! Your sparkling personality shines through!

    • Shaz

    Wow David, Nice Package!

      • David
      David Lebovitz

      It’s digitally enhanced! ; )

    • Hanna

    Ha, love that last dress scene change! (I was also tickled by seeing the last shots of people at the book signing–Maangchi was there!)

    • tara

    You are so funny! More videos!

    • Natalie

    David, so I’ve been hearing wonders about Babycakes for awhile now, and though I live in NYC, I’m shamefully not yet made a visit; however, after watching the video of you and Erin, I’ve vowed to make the trip this week! So the big question is…..

    What do you recommend? :)

    • Ayla

    Oh, this video made my day! What a bliss to watch it! Watching people baking and laughing is at least as comforting as baking myself! Thanks a lot, your blog is truely amazing!

    • adrian

    cute vid ;-) And, damn, Erin looks so much like my boss at the chocolate shop! Twins maybe?

    • Kathryn

    What a fun video! I look forward to stopping by Babycakes the next time I’m in NY!

    I wanted to thank you for all your Paris insights. I’m packing my bags for my first trip to the City of Lights next week and you’re website has been a wonderful instrument in all my planning! I’ll be eating my way through the city streets guided by all your recommendations! I’m stressing on what to pack, I find Paris’s reputation for being chic and fashion savvy Intimidating!!

    Au Revoir!

    • Bking is my Zn

    Loved the video! You are so ‘simpatico’. Thank you for sharing your baking knowledge with us. Smiles. ~Carmen

    • Baking is my Zen

    Look forward to more videos. ~Carmen

    • Paola

    This was fun to watch….. I didn’t realize BabyCakes was vegan as well as gluten free, been entertaining what it would be like and the benefits of eliminating all animal products, not looking good though ;)

    • Barbara | Creative Culinary

    Love the video David; hope you will do more of them!

    • Nicole

    Adorable video! Great to finally hear your voice:)

    • Amy Elaine

    Loved this. You need your own show.

    • Colleen

    So great to hear your voice. What fun that was, thanks!

    • Vitor Hugo

    No, you didn’t! hahahah The outfit, priceless. And you met maangchi, how nice! :)

    • Laura @MotherWouldKnow

    So much fun – I feel like rushing out to make cupcakes and trying the “secret” Babycakes frosting technique right now! Like David, I’ve never baked gluten free, but now that I’m inspired. Do more videos – s’il vous plait!

    • Karen Brown

    What can I say…”pretty in pink”. Hope this isn’t creepy coming from someone you don’t know, but you’re ADORABLE!! Cheers from the Pacific, Karen

    • eccoyle

    You forgot Ripe for Dessert!

    • Laura Friendly

    Love, Love, Love! This was adorable, sweet and memorable. You are an inspiration and combined with my love for BabyCakes… it can’t get any better.

    • Maria del mar

    I enjoyed this video. I’ve gotta get me a babaycakes doughnut


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