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Best desserts for kids in NYC

We invited young New Yorkers to our office to put the city's top confections to the test. Whether you're after a birthday bash-worthy dessert or just a special sugar splurge, you'll want to sample these kid-approved eats.

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"I can't wait to get my hands on all of this! Are there any pink cupcakes? I like pink, so I want to try those." Mayla, 5, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

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"I could live off these doughnuts and eat them at almost every meal!" Gabriel, 10, West Village

Chocolate glazed donuts with sprinkles, $1 each; 0.50 for a dozen. Peter Pan Bakery, 727 Manhattan Ave between W 123rd and W 124th Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-3676)

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Assorted-flavor doughnuts: $1 each or $10.50 for a dozen; at Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, 727 Manhattan Ave between Meserole and Norman Aves, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-3676)

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This giant cupcake is crackin'! That means that I really like it." Mehki, 5, Long Island City, Queens

Colossal crumb: $35; at Crumbs Bake Shop. Go to crumbs.com for city locations.

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"This is the most awesomest thing I've ever seen—cake on a stick! My dad would eat all of them. He's a chocolate fan." Mirabella, 11, Chelsea

Vanilla, chocolate and red-velvet-cake pops: $33–$38 for a dozen; by New York Cake Pops (646-406-1948, nycakepops.com)

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"It's rainbow! I eat rainbow cereal, so this tastes like my breakfast." Mayla, 5, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

Fruity Pebbles treats: $3 each; at Little Cupcake Bakeshop • 30 Prince St at Mott St (212-941-9100, littlecupcakebakeshop.com). • 9102 Third Ave at 91st St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-680-4465).

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"These are really rich. They taste like my favorite treat from the farmers' market." Madeleine, 8, West Village

Mini cupcakes with animal candy toppers: $14 for a dozen; at Sugar Sweet Sunshine, 126 Rivington St between Essex and Norfolk Sts (212-995-1960, sugarsweetsunshine.com)

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"This is my favorite because of the buttercream. I like the heart on top with the dimples and the smile." Ashai, 10, Harlem

Vanilla cupcake with buttercream icing and chocolate-cookie-wafer topper: $3.25 each; at Dessert Club ChikaLicious, 204 E 10th St between First and Second Aves (212-475-0929, dessertclubchikalicious.com)

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"Oooh! I could eat this all. I don't think there's such a thing as too much chocolate." Ashai, 10, Harlem

Brooklyn Blackout cake: $39–$59 for a six- to eight-inch cake with custom decoration; at Two Little Red Hens, 1652 Second Ave between 85th and 86th Sts (212-452-0476, twolittleredhens.com)

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"This lollipop has sparkles and tastes like cotton candy. I think I need to go to the dentist!" Mehki, 5, Long Island City, Queens

Lollipops, $2.50 each; $30 for a dozen. Astor Bake Shop, 12-23 Astoria Blvd at 14th St, Astoria, Queens (718-606-8439, astor-bakeshop.com)

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Black Bottom Oatmeal pie: $4.50 for a slice, $35 for a whole pie; at Four and Twenty Blackbirds, 439 Third Ave at 8th St, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-499-2917, birdsblack.com)

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Assorted-flavor mini cupcakes: $3 for 3 cupcakes, $10 for a dozen; at Baked by Melissa. Go to bakedbymelissa.com for city locations.

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Brooklyn Blackout cake: $5 for a slice, $45 for whole cake; at Little Cupcake Bakeshop •30 Prince St at Mott St (212-941-9100, littlecupcakebakeshop.com). • 9102 Third Ave at 91st St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-680-4465)

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Chocolate-strawberry-banana cake: $7.50 for a slice; $30–$92 for a 7- to 14-inch cake; at Café Lalo, 201 W 83rd St between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave (212-496-6031, cafelalo.com)

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First Chocolate Burger with strawberry and vanilla-cream dipping sauces: $8.50; at Max Brenner, 841 Broadway between 13th and 14th Sts (212-388-0030, maxbrenner.com)

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Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate cookies: $2 each; at Four and Twenty Blackbirds, 439 Third Ave at 8th St, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-499-2917, birdsblack.com)

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Rainbow Blizzard cupcakes: $2 each; at Tribeca Treats, 94 Reade St between Church St and West Broadway (212-571-0500, tribecatreats.com)

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Vanilla cupcake with buttercream icing: $3 each (Manhattan location); $2.50 each (Brooklyn location); at Little Cupcake Bakeshop • 30 Prince St at Mott St (212-941-9100, littlecupcakebakeshop.com). • 9102 Third Ave at 91st St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-680-4465)

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Brownie Sundae: $8; at the Chocolate Room • 86 Fifth Ave between St Marks Pl and Warren St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-783-2900, thechocolateroombrooklyn.com) • 269 Court St between Butler and Douglass Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-246-2600)

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Smores cupcake: $3 each; at Dessert Club ChikaLicious, 204 E 10th St between First and Second Aves (212-475-0929, dessertclubchikalicious.com)

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Assorted flavor cupcakes: $3 each or $30 for a dozen; at Butter Lane, 123 E 7th St between First Ave and Ave A (212-677-2880, butterlane.com)

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Chocolate pillows: $3.75 each; at Little Brown, 1269 Lexington Ave at 85th St
(212-828-2233, ourlittlebrown.com)

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Chocolate chip cookies: $1.75 each; at Astor Bake Shop, 12-23 Astoria Blvd at 14th St, Astoria, Queens (718-606-8439, astor-bakeshop.com)

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Best Seller cupcake taste pack: $18; at Crumbs Bake Shop. Go to crumbs.com for city locations.

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Chocolate lava cake: $8.50 per serving; at Café Lalo, 201 W 83rd St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-496-6031, cafelalo.com)

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Candy jar cookies: $2.50 each; at Ruby et Violette • 457 W 50th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-582-6720, rubyetviolette.com). • Limelight Marketplace, 656 Sixth Ave at 20th St (212-359-5573, shoplimelightmarketplace.com)

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Classic brownie: $2.50 each; at Mari's New York at the Limelight Marketplace, 656 Sixth Ave at 20th St (212-359-5525, marisny.com)

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Oreo cheesecake: $8 per slice; at Café Lalo, 201 W 83rd St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-496-6031, cafelalo.com)

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Chocolate cupcakes: $2.50 each; at the Chocolate Room • 86 Fifth Ave between St Marks Pl and Warren St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-783-2900, thechocolateroombrooklyn.com) • 269 Court St between Butler and Douglass Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-246-2600)

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Cupcake: $1.75 each; at Sugar Sweet Sunshine, 126 Rivington St between Essex and Norfolk Sts (212-995-1960, sugarsweetsunshine.com)

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Chocolate cookie eclair: $5 each; at Dessert Club ChikaLicious, 204 E 10th St between First and Second Aves (212-475-0929, dessertclubchikalicious.com)

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Brownie cheesecake: $8 per slice; at Café Lalo, 201 W 83rd St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-496-6031, cafelalo.com)

 

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Cookies ’n’ Cream cookies: $2.50 each; at Ruby et Violette • 457 W 50th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-582-6720, rubyetviolette.com). • Limelight Marketplace, 656 Sixth Ave at 20th St (212-359-5573, shoplimelightmarketplace.com)

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Chocolate brownie: $2.50 each; at Little Brown, 1269 Lexington Ave at 85th St (212-828-2233, ourlittlebrown.com)

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Mini coconut, chocolate or red-velvet cupcakes: $1.25 each, $13.25 for a dozen; at Astor Bake Shop, 12-23 Astoria Blvd at 14th St, Astoria, Queens (718-606-8439, astor-baskeshop.com)

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Blonde Bombshell brownie: $2.50 each; at Mari's New York at the Limelight Marketplace, 656 Sixth Ave at 20th St (212-359-5525, marisny.com)

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Ashai, 10, Harlem

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Mehki, 5, Long Island City, Queens

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Mayla, 5, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

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Gabriel, 10, West Village and Mirabella, 11, Chelsea

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Gabriel, 10, and Madeleine, 8, West Village

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Mehki, 5, Long Island City, Queens

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