56 W. 22nd St.
between 5th/6th Avenues
The name of this store -- New York Cake & Baking Distributors -- doesn't begin to do justice for what they sell. This is a headquarters for all things baking and everything you'd want to decorate cakes, wedding cakes, cookies, and other sweets.
Every size and shape cake, pie and tart pan imaginable. Pedistals and doilies for presentation. Chocolates -- Valrhona, Callebaut, and others. Discs of colors chocolates for making candies and icings. Chocolate and cocoa powders, flavorings, extracts, colored sugars, gold dragees, and seasonal decorations and sugared flowers. A huge selection of brides and grooms, or brides and brides, or grooms and grooms to put on top of wedding cakes. And all the tools - spatulas, knives, and scores of cookie cutters.
What to know:
The prices are excellent. They sell Ateco tools and every possible size of pastry tip. The place is utilitarian and choc-a-block with items so you may need to ask for help to find what you're looking for, although the degree and warmth of the assistance you get will vary depending upon who you ask. If you're not certain what you want, the selection is sure to inspire you.