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Departure of Cake Man Raven Marks End of an Era

The Fulton Street bakery has closed it doors after 12 years.

After 12 years, Fort Greene’s Raven Dennis – known as Cake Man Raven ­– has closed up his bakeshop on Fulton Street after his landlord raised his rent to more than $5,000, according to the New York Daily News

“It’s like a marriage gone bad – it’s too bitter to stay now,” said Dennis, who was paying $3,000 per month previously, according to the paper.

The building’s landlord had taken Dennis to court in a rent dispute last year, and according to the lawyer for the building owner, “It’s time for [Dennis] to go.”

“Cake Man Raven” has been at his Fort Greene bakery for the past 12 years, where he created treats for the likes of Mary J. Blige, Maya Angelou and Michael Strahan, according to the Daily News. He is famous for his red velvet cake.

Plans for Dennis now include opening two small shops in downtown Brooklyn and Harlem – where he baked for 11 years before moving to Fort Greene. According to the paper, Dennis is also opening an event space for rent at his Atlantic Ave. baking facility, called Cakeville USA.

The Daily News says that on Thanksgiving Day, customers started lining up at 2:30 a.m. to buy their last holiday cakes from Dennis.

Corey November 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Thanks to a greedy, price gouging landlord, the best cake in NYC is out of the Fort...
SAM November 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Good riddance. That place didn't even have running water at one point for employees to wash their hands. I can only imagine what other health hazards were in there. There are other places that make better cakes with better customer service.
Joe Gonzalez November 30, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Hey Corey: The real story which Patch.com and COREY both missed is that while some folks are worried about a Cake Store closing--many folks haven't got FOOD to eat in NYCHA Projects.Let's talk about FOOD needed on people's tables!
B Chavez December 01, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I know this guy. He will probably do well with his other endeavors. But the cake stopped being good a long time ago. He's been living off reputation.
Celestial Crowns Shower Caps December 02, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Great red velvet cake... customer service is another thing... "You want my cakes you'll take the abuse"... WE DO waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!

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