Milk Bar Birthday Cake Review

Published on January 20, 2022
Last modified on August 18, 2023

This Milk Bar birthday cake review post contains affiliate links and if you make a purchase we may be compensated.  All opinions are our own.

By Alison Chew


What is Milk Bar?

Milk Bar is famous for turning classic American treats, like cakes, pies, and cookies, into unique sweet creations and delivering them directly to your door.

Milk Bar desserts include birthday cakes, cookies, ice cream, pies, cake truffles, and more.

Founded by Christina Tosi, a James Beard award-winning pastry chef, in NYC, Milk Bar has grown to several locations across the United States with a loyal following and nationwide shipping.


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Milk Bar Cake Pros

  • Fun, unique sweets, cakes, and desserts
  • Seasonal flavors available
  • You can schedule your delivery date (perfect for birthdays!) and add a gift note
  • Gluten-free options are available
  • Don’t take my word for it!  Check out the MealFinds Milk Bar User Ratings here.


Milk Bar Cake Cons

  • Expensive compared to homemade and store-bought
  • Shipping is extra
  • Do not ship internationally


Milk Bar Cake FAQs


How much are Milk Bar birthday cakes?

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Milk Bar birthday cakes are between $62 for a 6-inch birthday cake and $140 for a 10-inch birthday cake or $4.66 – $6.20 per serving.

Gluten-free vanilla Milk Bar birthday cakes are $67 for a 6-inch cake and $140 for a 10-inch birthday cake.

  • 6″ cake feeds 8 – 10 people
  • 10″ cake feeds 20 – 30 people


How much is Milk Bar birthday cake delivery?

Milk Bar birthday cake delivery fees are between $15 – $27 depending on the delivery date and destination.

Milk Bar is currently offering free shipping on orders $125+!



Where does Milk Bar ship birthday cakes?

Milk Bar birthday cakes can be shipped and delivered nationwide.

If you are in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Boston, Las Vegas, or Toronto, local delivery via third-party apps like DoorDash is available for select zip codes.

Milk Bar also has “Virtual Delivery Pop-Ups” across the country so check out their Locations page to see if you are in their delivery area. SHOP NOW >>


Where can I buy Milk Bar birthday cakes?

You can buy Milk Buy birthday cakes on the Milk Bar website or in a local Milk Bar bakery.

Milk Bar bakeries are located in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Boston, Las Vegas, and Toronto.

In addition, Milk Bar does sell several products including ice cream, grocery cookies, and truffle crumb cakes at local grocery stores throughout the United States including Giant stores.  Unfortunately, birthday cakes are not yet sold in grocery stores.  SHOP NOW >>


How many people does a 6 inch Milk Bar Cake serve?

A 6-inch Milk Bar cake serves between 8 to 12 people.


How many people does a 10 inch Milk Bar Cake serve?

A 10-inch Milk Bar cake serves between 20 to 30 people.


How long will Milk Bar cake stay fresh?

A Milk Bar cake can stay in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for 2 weeks.


Can you freeze a Milk Bar cake?

Yes!  You can freeze a Milk Bar cake for up to 2 weeks in the freezer.  You can freeze the whole cake or you can freeze leftovers.

If freezing leftovers, we recommend cutting them into slices before freezing so that you can enjoy a slice whenever you want without having to thaw the whole cake.


Milk Bar Birthday Cake Review

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The Milk Bar Birthday Cake is an upgraded take on the classic birthday cake.

Milk Bar birthday cakes come in three flavors:  Vanilla, Chocolate, and Gluten-Free Vanilla, and in two sizes, 6″ and 10″.

  • A 6″ Milk Bar cake feeds 8 – 10+ people
  • A 10″ Milk Bar cake feeds 20 – 30+ people


Ordering Your Milk Bar Birthday Cake

Ordering your Birthday Cake, or any Milk Bar cake is easy.  Simply select the cake flavor and cake size and add it to your cart.  You can select your delivery date, up to 30 days in advance, and write a personalized gift note while in the cart.

For our Milk Bar birthday cake review, we ordered the 6″ Birthday Cake in Vanilla.  At the time, Milk Bar was having a 20% Off cake sale and our cake was $42 + $15 shipping. 

Our cake arrived on precisely the day I chose, the day before my son’s 11th birthday. SHOP NOW >>


Birthday Cake Packaging & Storage

When you open up your Milk Bar box, your birthday cake will be under several informational cards inside an insulated foam and paper liner surrounded by ice packs.  We also had a sample of the latest Milk Bar grocery store peppermint crumb cakes in our box!

Your birthday cake arrives frozen and well-wrapped.  When you take the cake out of the box it’s wrapped in plastic wrap, with two cardboard circles supporting the top and bottom of the cake, with a thicker plastic sheet firmly wrapped around/stuck to the cake.

Our cake arrived in perfect condition!  Watch our unboxing and tasting video for more details. SHOP NOW >>


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Milk Bar recommends that you store your cake in the freezer if you are not going to eat it within 5 days.  Birthday Cakes will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 1 month.

They also recommend taking your cake out of the fridge 2 hours before eating it as they are best served at room temperature.

After the party, the cake can stay in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for 2 weeks.



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What is special about Milk Bar cake?

Milk Bar cake is special because of its elevated flavors and textures, including the one-of-a-kind “crunchy crumbs” throughout the cake and on top of the cake.  The classic vanilla Birthday Cake will bring back memories of the funfetti cake you loved as a kid, but better!

This cake has the following:

  • 3 layers of vanilla cake with rainbow sprinkles throughout
  • Layers of cream cheese filling with crunchy crumbs between the cake layers
  • Coating of sweet vanilla icing
  • Topped with rainbow sprinkles and large crunchy cookie-like crumbles


As I mentioned above, we bought the 6″ vanilla cake and couldn’t wait to dig in on my son’s birthday.  There were only 4 of us and we knew that the 6″ cake would leave us with plenty of leftovers.

We followed the recommendations and removed the cake from the fridge 2 hours before eating.   This allowed the cake to warm up and become moist, and for the icing to become soft and creamy.

As we enjoyed the Milk Bar birthday cake, everyone commented on three things, the crunchy cookie crumbles between the layers, the yummy cream cheese filling, and how rich the cake was.

We all agreed that we couldn’t eat more than a small slice because the cake was rich and sweet.  For me, the crunch cookie crumbles were too sweet, but my son, his friend, and my husband found them to be the perfect sweetness.

Milk Bar says that this cake can feed 8 to 10 people, but I think that it can easily feed 12, maybe more.  It’s very good, but a little goes a long way.



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Is Milk Bar birthday cake worth it?

Yes, for some.  Milk Bar birthday cakes are on the expensive side, especially compared to homemade cakes or grocery store cakes.  When you compare them to higher-end bakeries or buying a slice of cake at a nice restaurant they are more in line, but with shipping, they are definitely at the top end of the price range.

We did find that our 6″ cake could feed more than 10 people, which brings the cost per serving down to under $5 per slice.

As a special occasion cake, they are fun and unique, and very tasty.  For us, we would happily send a Milk Bar birthday cake to a good friend or loved one on their birthday and would order again when celebrating.

If you are looking for a gourmet birthday cake and have the money to spend, Milk Bar is a good option. SHOP NOW >>


Milk Bar Red Velvet Cake Review

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In addition to chocolate and vanilla birthday cakes, Milk Bar offers a variety of seasonal cakes.  We tried the 6″ Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake for my mom’s birthday.

This cake is a double chocolate red velvet cake with chocolate cake and chocolate crumbles, red velvet frosting, cheesecake filling, and large red velvet crumbs.

The cost of this 6″ cake was $65 plus $15 shipping.


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We loved all of the chocolate flavors in this cake, but the cheesecake filling was the star of the show!  The cheesecake filling cut the sweetness of the cake and frosting and added a very tasty tanginess to the overall cake flavor.

I just wish that there was MORE cheesecake filling!  Double would be perfect in my opinion.

One thing I did notice with this cake unlike the Vanilla Birthday Cake, was that the cheesecake filling layer and the red velvet frosting layer mixed together and weren’t as defined as the picture.

This could be because we unwrapped it after leaving it to sit out for a couple of hours and all of the layers became softer?  It’s not a big deal, but not exactly like the pictures on the Milk Bar website 🙂


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Like the Vanilla Birthday Cake, the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake was very rich and very decadent.

We could only eat a very small slice each and basically cut the slices with one large red velvet crumb on each.

I would definitely order the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake again for a birthday or special occasion!  I’m excited to try more Milk Bar cakes in the future.


Milk Bar Seasonal Cakes

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In addition to Birthday cakes, Milk Bar offers an ever-changing selection of seasonal cakes and treats.  Some of our favorites include:

  • Peppermint Bark Cake:  peppermint-soaked dark chocolate cake, crunchy cocoa crumbs, chocolate fudge, peppermint frosting, and crushed candy cane bits.
  • Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake:  double chocolate red velvet cake and frosting, cheesecake filling, and red velvet crumbs.
  • Pancake Cake: pancake layers stacked between brown sugar cookie butter, maple frosting, and brown butter crumb. Topped with maple syrup glaze and an extra slab of butter.
  • Strawberry Shortcake Cake: vanilla cake layers with sweet cream frosting, strawberry jam, and shortcake crumbs.
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Milk Bar Birthday Cake Review: Bottom Line

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Milk Bar turns classic American treats into unique sweet creations and deliveries them directly to your door.  Desserts include birthday cakes, cookies, ice cream, pies, and more.

We love their fun, unique take on the classics and creative seasonal flavors.  We also like that they have gluten-free options and that you can schedule your delivery and add a gift note.

And while our Milk Bar birthday cake tasted wonderful and was a fun surprise, it was on the expensive side compared to homemade or grocery store cakes, especially when you add in the shipping cost.  With that said, the 6″ cake could easily feed 12 people, bringing the cost per serving under $5.

If you are looking for a fun, unique birthday cake or looking to send a sweet treat to someone you love, Milk Bar is a good option.  SHOP NOW >>


Looking for more birthday cake and dessert delivery?  Check out our Dessert Directory for a full list!


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