A Visit to Babycakes NYC (Video)



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 (DavidLebovitz.com)

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)

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  • September 18, 2011 10:28am

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

  • September 18, 2011 11:01am

    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

  • September 18, 2011 12:11pm

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

  • September 18, 2011 12:24pm

    Wish you had a cooking show!!

  • September 18, 2011 1:34pm

    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?

  • September 18, 2011 2:40pm

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

  • September 18, 2011 3:00pm

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

  • September 18, 2011 3:15pm

    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!

  • September 18, 2011 3:46pm

    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.

  • September 18, 2011 3:48pm

    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
    September 18, 2011 4:10pm

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

  • Lando
    September 18, 2011 4:32pm

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

  • September 18, 2011 4:42pm

    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.

  • September 18, 2011 4:46pm

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

  • Sue
    September 18, 2011 5:05pm

    So much fun to watch! Thanks David and Erin!

  • Doukissa
    September 18, 2011 5:11pm

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

  • September 18, 2011 5:18pm

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

  • September 18, 2011 5:30pm

    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.

  • September 18, 2011 5:46pm

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

  • September 18, 2011 5:48pm

    David, you are so darn cute.

  • Susan
    September 18, 2011 5:54pm

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

  • September 18, 2011 5:59pm

    this was a wonderful video! it has been bookmarked!

  • September 18, 2011 6:33pm

    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!

  • September 18, 2011 6:37pm

    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!!!

  • September 18, 2011 6:44pm

    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.”

  • September 18, 2011 7:00pm

    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
    September 18, 2011 7:50pm

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

  • Donna Adams
    September 18, 2011 8:40pm

    CUTE!!!! Thanks!!!!

  • Elizabeth
    September 18, 2011 9:04pm

    Spanx! LOL

  • September 18, 2011 9:47pm

    Dear Cooking Channel,

    Please give David Lebovitz a cooking show.


  • Tom
    September 18, 2011 9:49pm

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

  • blissing
    September 18, 2011 10:04pm

    You are adorable!

  • Stephanie
    September 18, 2011 10:09pm

    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
    September 18, 2011 11:47pm

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

    September 19, 2011 1:10am


  • September 19, 2011 1:15am

    That was so entertaining! Thanks!

  • September 19, 2011 2:15am

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

  • September 19, 2011 2:52am

    Wow David, Nice Package!

    • September 19, 2011 2:22pm
      David Lebovitz

      It’s digitally enhanced! ; )

  • Hanna
    September 19, 2011 3:17am

    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
    September 19, 2011 5:12am

    You are so funny! More videos!

  • Natalie
    September 19, 2011 7:06am

    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? :)

  • September 19, 2011 10:24am

    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
    September 19, 2011 11:50am

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

  • Kathryn
    September 19, 2011 2:38pm

    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!

  • September 19, 2011 6:10pm

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

  • September 19, 2011 6:11pm

    Look forward to more videos. ~Carmen

  • September 19, 2011 6:27pm

    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 ;)

  • September 19, 2011 9:16pm

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

  • Nicole
    September 20, 2011 12:35am

    Adorable video! Great to finally hear your voice:)

  • Amy Elaine
    September 21, 2011 2:58am

    Loved this. You need your own show.

  • September 21, 2011 6:43pm

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

  • September 22, 2011 5:59am

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

  • September 22, 2011 4:53pm

    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!

  • September 23, 2011 8:04am

    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

  • September 25, 2011 7:52pm

    You forgot Ripe for Dessert!

  • September 26, 2011 1:20pm

    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
    September 26, 2011 2:26pm

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