Sweet relief! Leske’s Bakery celebrates Sandy’s arrival with blackout cake contest

Workers at Leske's Bakery in Bay Ridge are bracing Hurricane Sandy with pastries.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Here’s one hurricane-related blackout you’ll actually enjoy!

Leske’s Bakery in Bay Ridge is staying open as Hurricane Sandy barrels toward us, and workers are offering a free blackout cake — a three-layer chocolate confection with chocolate icing first whipped up in Flatbush’s legendary Ebinger’s Bakery — to the customer who leave the best comments on the store’s Facebook page.

“Stuck at home in Bay Ridge? Come visit us, or leave a comment below. The four best answers get a free blackout cake after Sandy leaves,” the page reads.

The stormy competition was the brainchild of Leske’s manager and culinary consultant Harry Hawk, who said the first-place winner will be the commentator who gets the most likes.

His employees will pick the other three winners, said Hawk, who saw the blackout cake contest as a silver lining in the ever-encroaching storm.

“We’re trying to give people something pleasant to think about or do during Sandy,” Hawk said. “People are staying home with their families, and probably a lot of them are worried.”

As of 2 pm, more than 30 people have commented on the Facebook post.

“Making room in my crowded fridge for Blackout cake is giving me a reason to turn off the non-news…thanks, Leske,” wrote Jeanne Marie Patrick.

So far, the comment with the most likes was written by Jennifer Kruger, who used the ancient art of haiku to express her love for the pastry shop on Fifth Avenue near 76th Street.

“Stormaggeddon blows,

Doesn’t bother me — I have

Leske’s Black and Whites,” Kruger wrote.

Hawk encouraged anybody stranded in Bay Ridge to seek some sweet-filled shelter at the five-decade-old bakery, which recently reopened after closing for several months as the store’s ownership changed hands.

But be warned: Sandy’s power may be stronger than one’s desire for Danish kringles.

“The gas for the ovens is controlled by electricity, so if the power goes out, we won’t be baking,” said Hawk.

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