Cake Man Raven’s legacy reaches Downtown Brooklyn
For the dozen years that Raven Patrick De’Sean Dennis III, aka Cake Man Raven, baked and served his red velvet sweets from 708 Fulton Street, lines often stretched around the block.
The list of Cake Man Raven’s customers includes Jay Z, Michael Bloomberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Katie Couric, Jesse Jackson, and roughly half of Brooklynites far and wide.
Cake Man Raven was considered the best in America by many, and the Daily News wrote that he “turned Dixieland dessert red velvet cake into a Brooklyn thing.”
Filling the red velvet void
When Cake Man Raven moved over to East New York in 2012, Fort Greene mourned the loss. They didn’t have to wait long for a worthy heir, however. The next year, some of Cake Man’s former staff opened a new red velvet shop in the 708 Fulton Street, naming it Piece of Velvet. To help with the process, they brought back Michael Morgan, the former consultant and assistant baker to Cake Man. “I thought this was a great opportunity to take something he had started and elevate it,” Morgan says. He introduced ten new flavors for the grand opening, and has since entered more than 30 flavors into the bakery’s rotation, along with a series of creamy, alcoholic puddings, like Banana Hennessy and Caramel Chocolate with Baileys Irish Cream.
Piece of Velvet now has four locations. Their latest is tucked into a spot at 139 Lawrence Street in the same building as Golden Krust. Downtown Brooklyn residents can now get their own slice of Cake Man Raven’s expanded legacy.
While the red velvet is the most popular item on the menu, Morgan and the bakers at Piece of Velvet have put in countless hours in the kitchen to expand the concept of velvet cake. “Every cake sold at Piece of Velvet is a derivative of velvet,” Morgan explains. “By that I mean: all cakes sold are moist and have a melt-in-the-mouth consistency, while the cream cheese frosting adds a soft butter-like texture that when combined creates an offering that is not easily surpassed.” In addition to the trademark red velvet slice, Morgan says the Honey Whisky Praline and Caramel Cinnamon Apple are “to die for.”
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The Downtown Brooklyn location of Piece of Velvet stays open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and until midnight Thursday through Saturday. They’ll deliver to the greater Downtown Brooklyn area, too.
It looks like the only way for Morgan and the Piece of Velvet team is up. Like Cake Man, Piece of Velvet experiences their own brushes with fame, by creating custom cakes for celebrities and prominent New Yorkers. “We are also in a development deal with MBK Media for a reality show,” Morgan says.
Better get to Piece of Velvet soon, before the lines are around the block.