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Where to get the best butter cake in Philly proper

By Monica Weymouth
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Try serving something called “butter cake” in New York or Los Angeles, and you’d be exiled. But in Philadelphia? Pass another piece this way, friend.

Legend has it that a German-American baker invented this ridiculously rich treat after mixing up the proportions of butter and flour, a mistake that Philly was all too happy to forgive. These days you can find the decadent dessert—essentially a thin layer of sponge cake covered in sugary, buttery goo—at enlightened bakeries across the city, including Port Richmond mainstay Stock’s (2614 E Lehigh Ave) and Fishtown darling Whipped (636 Belgrade St).

That said, if you want the real deal, a trip to the great Northeast is in order. There’s a reason everyone is wearing sweatpants in Mayfair—and it sure as hell ain’t the gym.

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bakeries Philadelphia has to offer

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