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Living Life with Erin McKenna

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Every success story starts with a dream, and Erin McKenna has made hers into a reality. 

A couple of weeks ago, we spoke to Erin about her journey from fashion industry to the owner of the award-winning Bakery - Erin Mckenna’s Bakery. We distilled 5 secrets to her success below.

1. Live Your Passions

Erin has endured a lot to where she is today. She worked as a fashion magazine assistant after graduating from school. After working for one year, she quickly knew it was not what she desired to do. So she quit her job and switched gears to focus on what she really liked - DESSERTS.

“I have a sweet tooth, but I suffered from food allergies. At that time, there wasn't a single bakery that had gluten-free desserts, so I decided to start one.”

Later, she worked as a waitress at night to gain experience in food service and pay for baking materials she needed for practice. She clearly knew what she wanted and always made something out of it.

2. Meditate to Uncover Your Life Purpose

When Erin quit her fashion job, she was 27. She turned to meditation to transfer her unhappiness to connect with her life purpose. Meditation may seem like a simple breathing technique, but Erin attributes her success to it. 

During meditation, I started to look for something to make a change. Then I had a vision – I wanted to have my own business.

At that time, she created a business plan, and made her own recipes from scratch, which have laid the foundation of her business today.

3. Have A Support System

Managing a business is tough, especially when you are doing it alone. At beginning, Erin did not trust anyone and preferred to decide everything herself. 

“Learning to let go and not control everything was challenging for me, but I luckily found the right partner, Sabrina (a baker with BabyCakes since the beginning), who helps me operate the business.”

As for the personal life, like everyone else, work-life balance is also not an easy job for Erin. She said, “it’s challenging, but not that hard. I try as much as possible to connect with customers in the shop and spend my weekend with my family.”  image

4. Trust Yourself

Everyone has an opinion, and its tough to tune out the noise. 

“When I first started out, they tried to tell me what I should do. I just turn my ears down because whenever you take too much advice, it kind of clouds your vision.

In order to help young people trust themselves and not lose their path, Erin plans to speak to college students to help them with what they are doing in their lives. 

“I want to help young people to fulfill their goals in life.”

5. Listen To Your Customers

In such a customer driven industry, every opinion matters. As Erin Mckenna’s Bakery are located in NYC, LA, and Orlando, Erin aims to make sure that every one is taken care of.

“Whenever [customers] come to my bakery, they don’t need to worry about anything. They can trust us! Every branch [of Erin McKenna’s Bakery] is shaped by customer demand. People make it different.” image

We really feel that Erin Mckenna’s Bakery succeeds at making customers feel welcome and at providing delicious, gluten-free desserts. After talking to Erin, we now understand why!

A Taste of Home at Billy’s Bakery

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Over the past few years, Manhattanites have become increasingly obsessed with modernism and minimalism. With its bright lighting, cheerful yellow brick walls, and 1940s style decor, Billy’s Bakery is a refreshing contrast. 

Founded in 2003 by a pair of business school graduates with a sweet tooth, Billy’s has quickly become a staple in the New York bakery scene. They now have three Manhattan bakeries located in Chelsea, Tribeca, and The Plaza Food Hall.

It’s not only the atmosphere that evokes nostalgia. The menu, filled with classics like banana pudding and chocolate cake, is charmingly reminiscent of sweeter, simpler times. The mission of Billy’s Bakery is to bring their customers “back to a time when a bite of something sweet could make the world a little brighter.” If you have a taste for desserts with a homemade taste and beautiful presentation, then Billy’s Bakery deserves a spot on the top of your list.

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Even New Yorkers can’t resist a tried and true family recipe, especially when it comes to sweets. No matter how many times you try the desserts at Billy’s Bakery, they always taste so delicious it’s like you’ve never had them before. 

Take, for example, their Banana Cupcakes. Delightfully moist and tasty, these cupcakes are like a sweeter version of banana bread. Simple, but surprisingly difficult to master, the banana cupcake is a classic American dessert, with the added benefit of being healthier than most cupcakes—although you wouldn’t know it from the taste.

The most impressive thing about the cupcakes at Billy’s Bakery is their cream cheese icing, which is infinitely smooth and melty. Paired with the banana cupcake, made with buttermilk and fresh bananas, the results are absolutely dreamy.

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Aside from cupcakes, the folks at Billy’s Bakery are masters of delicious desserts for bigger occasions. What American birthday party is complete without the perfect cake?

The ideal cake is an elusive thing. A cake in its truest form should be fluffy, yet rich. Sweet, yet flavorful. Perhaps the biggest challenge of finding the perfect cake is choosing something that will please everyone. Billy’s Bakery has found the solution in their Famous Icebox Cake (pictured above), a sumptuous treat with fresh whipped cream (chocolate, peppermint, or vanilla) layered between chocolate wafer cookies—also available in cake cup form. The whipped cream adds a light, creamy texture to the decadent chocolatey taste, achieving the perfect balance of flavor.

Aside from their amazing desserts, the best thing about Billy’s Bakery is their warmth, kindness, and hospitality, an attitude that goes right into everything they bake. Billy’s Bakery is a cozy, friendly establishment, where all the employees are deeply passionate about amazing sweets.

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Sweetist is thrilled to be partnering with Billy’s Bakery to offer their amazing selection of desserts and baked goods for delivery. See the full menu on our website here. Whether you choose their red velvet cupcakes, banana pudding cups, or blueberry cheesecake, there’s really no way of going wrong.

Best Places to Get Baked Goods Delivered in NYC


Sweetist is the only delivery service exclusively for baked goods and desserts. Our goal is to make it easier to celebrate any occasion with great food from local bakeries. We deliver to Manhattan, up to 125th St., and to some parts of Brooklyn. Check us out, our list of bakeries is growing rapidly!


When a sugar craving strikes, a go-to place for ordering baked goods is essential. Living in New York City means that there is an abundance of amazing bakeries nearby at all times. Thanks to online ordering, you can get fresh-baked delicacies delivered right to your door without getting out of your pajamas. We took a close look at all of your options, and these 7 places took the cake.

1. Insomnia Cookies

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Insomnia Cookies is famous for offering fresh, warm cookies until 3AM. They have a variety of locations around Manhattan (mostly near NYU). Popular offerings include Double Chocolate Chunk and S’more Jumbo Deluxe. In addition to cookies, they also deliver ice cream and cold milk. Deliveries cost $1.50 and usually take around 30-45 minutes.

2. Seamless/Grubhub

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Why stop at dinner? Despite the fact that Seamless (now partnered with Grubhub) is best known for quick dinners and appetizers, you can find a few bakeries under the Seamless “dessert” category. Most of these bakeries have delivery minimums, but Seamless is great for a last-minute treat for when you’re having guests over and you already ate all the cookie dough.

3. Postmates

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Postmates is one of the most well-known sites for ordering desserts in NYC, largely because of their partnerships with Momofuku Milk Bar and Dominique Ansel. Although they do charge a service fee and a delivery fee, Postmates is undoubtedly convenient when you need a sugary pick-me-up alongside your paper towels and diet soda from the Postmates General Store. The cronuts are calling.

4. Caviar

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With a focus on independent, high-end restaurants, Caviar is a nationwide service for food delivery. Their restaurants are required to have at least 4 stars on Yelp and a minimum of 1,000 reviews. At this time they only offer a handful of baked goods to NYC, but their list includes artisanal favorites like Prohibition Bakery (boozy cupcakes!) and Doughnuttery (adorable mini doughnuts!).

5. Delivery.com

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Delivery.com is an online delivery service that includes booze, groceries and even laundry. At this time, they only have a few bakery/cafe partners, including Seven Grams Caffe. Let’s hope they’ll add more soon. What goes better with fresh laundry than cupcakes?

6. Milk & Cookies Bakery

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Like Insomnia Cookies, the folks at Milk & Cookies Bakery do their own deliveries between 11AM and 5pm. Be aware that they charge a delivery fee for delivery locations outside of the West Village, and the minimum order is $25. Get ready to eat a lot of cookies.

7. UberEats

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Uber is slowly taking over New York City, one smartphone at a time. Their new service, UberEats, offers a fixed menu delivered by Uber drivers within the hours of 11AM and 2PM. In addition to the regular lunches, they occasionally offer dessert: like the Famous Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery, which was only $1 for the #FoodBankFriday charity fundraiser.

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If you’ve already tried all the other options without success, if you lie awake at night thinking about brownies, if you can’t think straight without a morning muffin or at least a scone in your system...

We’d love for you to check out Sweetist!