It’s true, you don’t make friends over salad. So here’s to Sydney, the (unofficial) official city cutting it on the proverbial cake floor and serving up some king towers of the sweet stuff.
Whether you need that picture-perfect birthday bundle or you’re craving a big fat slice of sponge and cream cheese, this list has you well and truly covered.
Here are the best cake shops in Sydney.
Black Star Pastry
Roseberry, CBD & Newtown
Known for their eclectic pastries and flavours, Black Star Pastry is a big-time player in this industry. Their cakes are only made from natural ingredients, leaving out any dyes or unnatural flavourings. The store’s most requested cake is the iconic strawberry and watermelon cake, made up of two layers of almond dacquoise, rose-scented cream, watermelon, strawberries, pistachios and dried rose petals.
Bringing an authentic Italian Pasticceria to the streets of Sydney, Pari has stolen the locals’ hearts. Take a peek into their glass cabinets that display over twenty different Italian sweet treats. Boasting some of the best ricotta cakes around town and offering up a whole bunch of mini cakes from cheesecake to tiramisu, this is the perfect after dinner hot spot.
Saga was the brain baby of Andy Bowdy and located in Enmore, you can bet there's bunch of brilliant new flavour combinations. Originating from the mean streets of London, this cake shop is one of Sydney’s best, whipping up creamy, gooey, cakey mounds of deliciousness. Your go-to has to be the dulce de leche or strawberry mousse.
Bourke St Bakery
The team here preaches a “don’t fix what’s not broken” vibe which means on the cake side of things, you’ll find staple treats perfected to a tee. Grab a slice of the smooth carrot cake or hit the lemon and ricotta cake that’ll have you salivating from the first bite.
With every possible sweet treat that you can imagine, Lorraine’s has got it all. A Merivale owned and operated shop, you can bet the cakes here are next level. Watch through the window of the open kitchen where you can catch Lorraine Godsmark creating her culinary magic. Here, you can pick up goods by the slice all the way up to cakes that can feed around 16 people. Your go-to here should be the lightened mascarpone cake, layered with crisp coconut dacquoise and fresh strawberries.
Haymarket and Burwood
Dulcet, also known as the innovators of cake creations. Here, you’ll find all the traditional treats but with an Asian flair. Flavours include matcha, durian, black sesame, taro and red bean. But the real winners here are the galaxy chocolate mousse cake (looking like an intergalactic bath both) and the 20-layer crepe cake.
Haberfield, Five Dock & Bondi Beach
Known for the wildly popular baked ricotta cake, Pasticceria Papa is an inner-west institution. Standing strong for almost 30 years, this place is where Sydneysiders will go for that late-night baked ricotta cake with Nutella and a side of super strong espresso. If that’s not your fit, their Ferrero Rocher mousse cake might just hit the spot.
Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake
No doubt you’ve all seen that famous jiggly Japanese cheesecake, well luckily for you, Uncle Tetsu’s is providing the goods. Tasting completely opposite to a traditional cheesecake, it’s light and airy and definitely understated. You don’t get a bang of flavour, but it’s something worth lining up for.
Think gourmet cupcakes, handmade chocolates and custom-made cakes at Black Velvet. Their window display of lavish cupcakes and wedding cakes looks so designer luxe that you’ll end up drooling on the window frame. Owner Orlando Sanpo has put out over 100 flavours in this store, from the more traditional salted caramel to the quirkier bacon and cheese.
Flour And Stone
For classic European and English-styled desserts, it’s best to visit Flour and Stone. Offering up melt-in-your-mouth lamingtons, brownies and scones, this one’s hard to pass up if you’re in the area. But their cakes are on another level, a spelt carrot cake and beetroot and seed cake are the popular items, so grab a box or just get a fork and go ham right there and then.
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