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From iced gateaux to cream-filled sponges, tempt your tastebuds on a tour of the city’s best patisseries. Order a delivery, takeaway if it's within your 5km radius or add to your post-lockdown list.
Millé and B
Millé and B’s party trick is that decadent extravagance, the multi-layered crepe cake. Twenty delicate crepes are squeezed into each slice. They’re sandwiched between pastry-cream flavours like strawberry and matcha. For a special occasion, take home a whole custom crepe cake topped with fresh berries or flowers. Order delivery online.
Mörk Chocolate Brew House
As you’d expect, there’s plenty of chocolate to drool over at Mörk. If you can’t decide between the twice-baked chocolate cake and brownies, get the Söt tasting box. Inside you’ll find six of the best, including vegan and flourless bundts. Rest assured, a slice of said chocolate cake and a brownie are included. Open for takeaway during lockdown. Pre-order online for takeaway, or score a suburb delivery.
Rockpool Bar and Grill
They're known for steak, but the cake from Rockpool is another game-changing treat. Make the famous chocolate delice with raspberry ganache and caramelized hazelnuts your dessert of choice. Or add the sinful eight layer chocolate cake to your next order. That's a combination of rich chocolate cake, Valrhona chocolate ganache and a crumbly chocolate soil. Available on Providoor.
There’s Italian bakery bling to delight all your senses at Carlton Brunetti. Cabinets of cakes welcome you at the door, and showcases of pastries vie for your attention. A pistachio éclair and several vanilla cannoli? Molto delizioso indeed. Their epic cake collection is one for the ages too. Think tiramisu, chocolate soufflé and croquembouche. Order online for pick-up or delivery.
France meets Asia at Sweet Canteen, with delectable results. Try a melt-in-your-mouth flaky mille-feuille, oozing vanilla-bean custard with every bite. They’re equally proud of their Portuguese egg tarts, and slices of strawberry sponge. When the occasion calls for something special, order a personalised cake with your portrait in icing. Open for takeaway and delivery during lockdown.
An appealing array of homemade cakes fills the shelves at Beatrix. Layered and frosted, sprinkled and drizzled, they’re the comforting classics we’d all love to bake. Sumptuous red velvet is the take-home favourite, slathered with white choc buttercream. Take a chance and choose from the daily-changing menu of cakes by the slice. Or pick your fave and pre-order whole cakes online.
Melbourne has been blessed by another adorable new laneway cafe. Tori's is cute as a button, and so are the treats. Cakes come whole or by the slice. Think burnt basque cheesecake (classic or matcha), orange saffron bundt cake and Baileys-infused cream cheese creations. Just try to resist the exquisite Madeleines, too. Open every day during lockdown for their 5km neighbours.
Signature sponges are dressed to the nines Asian-style at iCake in Carlton. Celebration cakes are fully customisable, with 6000 designs and add-on decorations to choose from. Like lollipop-shaped gift cards, cake-top unicorns and character toys. While you’re here, snap a selfie beside the floral feature wall. Order delivery online.
Hidden in a North Melbourne warehouse, Le Bajo Milkbar was started by one of the founders of Bali's Potato Head Beach Club. Sweet treats here are served Japanese-style, with an emphasis on fruit and cream. Taste white bread in a new way with fluffy shokupan fruit cream sando. Or order the multi-layer strawberry shortcake, topped with delicate seasonal fruits. Open for takeaway during lockdown, pre-order online.
Cake wonderlands to visit after lockdown
Tea Rooms 1892
Hopetoun Tea Rooms have moved, reopening in a new location soon. But cakes are still on the menu at this fabled Block Arcade location, at Tea Rooms 1892. The Insta-worthy window remains on display, along with the Art-Nouveau wallpaper and mirrors. High tea is as popular as always, and whole cakes can be pre-ordered.
Saint Dreux sounds French, but this coffee and katsu-sando bar is emphatically Japanese. Try their sweet indulgence, the house-made castella sponge. The celebrated super-moist honey cake came to Japan via Portugal in the 16th century. Here, the dense cubes have extra edge, iced in Japanese flavours of matcha or black sesame.
The chocolate is Belgian at Chokolait, but their signature dessert is pavlova. The bitter-sweet pav is layered with chocolate and topped with fresh strawberries. Or, in a unique twist, dusted with green matcha. Luscious whole cakes include tiramisu, raspberry-chocolate mousse and passionfruit coconut.
Le Petit Gateau
For visual and gastronomic treats à la française, visit Le Petit Gateau. Available in small or large, the sleek brownie gateau is iced with flawless mirror-glaze chocolate. Inside are delicious tiers of passionfruit custard, chocolate mousse and mango jelly on a brownie base. If you don’t want to share, try a mini cake spiced with pear, maple and pecan.
David Jones Food Hall
DJs is right on your doorstep when office get-togethers call for congratulatory cakes. As well as lunchtime pastries, soup and sandwiches. Pair a croissant with a rose and lychee tart or blueberry bagel. But don’t forget to pick up that cake. Will it be a glossy fruit tart, lemon cheesecake or frosted carrot?
More of the best lockdown treats
Make your own milk tea at home with this bumper 10-serve kit, using real tea leaves and top quality boba.
Collins Coffee House
Enjoy high tea for two for $95, with 12 different items and a gluten-free option available.
Last updated on Thu 9 Sep 2021
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