Yes, kale is awesome. Agreed, quinoa is the way forward. And it goes without saying that acai bowls really are a fantastic breakfast choice. But as much as we love being healthy, sometimes the only thing that will do is (dare we say it?) a big flat slab of good ole’ fashioned cake!
We’ve rounded up a few of the best cake shops in Sydney town, because life would be boring if we were good aaaaall the time, right?
Andy Bowdy’s cakes are nothing short of works of art, so when he says they need to taste as good as they look, you know you’re in for a serious treat. Cutting his sweet teeth in London, Andy returned to Sydney to launch his OTT confectionary creations at Newtown’s Hartsyard, before launching his own cake shop, Saga, earlier this year—his desserts have been the stuff of legends ever since. We’re talking creamy, gooey, cakey mounds of tastiness, literally dripping in sugar and oozing with flavoursome ingredients such like dulce de leche, lemon jam and strawberry mousse. Mouthwatering much?
This gorgeous French style patisserie shop, located on the corner of Palings Lane below Merivale HQ, features an open pastry kitchen where you can watch talented pastry chef and namesake Lorraine Godsmark work her baking magic before your very eyes—this is hands down one of the best cake shops in Sydney. High-end ingredients and a delicate touch are the secret to the range of delectable sweet treats on offer here, and no visit is complete without a takeaway slice of Lorraine's signature Date Tart.
As the name suggests, the guys at Buttercream Bakery are all about whipping up delicious buttercream creations in the form of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and cake pops, made bespoke and delivered anywhere in Sydney. Family owned and operated, this isn’t your standard buttercream operation—we’re talking weird and wacky flavours like purple yam, chai and matcha, and beautiful hand painted finishings that look (almost) too good to eat.
With branches in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Passiontree Velvet is an English Tea House-come-Parisian Patisserie specialising in edible luxury. Their delicious range of macarons, mousse cakes and sponges are available to order online, and come in a range of flavours and fillings such as Berry White Chocolate Mousse and Piña Colada. Looking to make an impression? Order in the Macaron Tower, available in a colourful cornucopia of up to ten tiers. It’s truly fabulous, darling.
La Renaissance Patisserie
If you like your cakes with a dollop of French fancy, then make La Renaissance Patisserie your go-to. Headed up by renowned head pastry chef Jean-Michael Renaud, the delightful café and patisserie is famed for its cakes, tarts and classic croquembouche. The quality here is of such a standard that La Renaissance is the first patisserie in the southern hemisphere to have been admitted to the uber prestigious Relais Desserts, an organisation which recognises the crème de la crème of French pâtissiers. Ooh là là indeed!
Cheesecake fans beware…if you haven’t yet sampled Pasticceria Papa’s ricotta number you’re about to enter into a whole new realm of addiction. Fluffy and light yet at the same time impossibly rich and creamy, the Italian pasticceria has cake lovers flocking from miles around to get their hands on this one. Made with soft ricotta, crumbly short pastry, and finished with icing sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon, enjoy it in it’s purest form or go all out with fresh cream, strawberries or Nutella. There are no words.
If your Instagram feed’s been looking a little tired lately, then we’ve got the perfect cure! Staying true to its name, Unbirthday Bakery is a veritable wonderland of all things cakedom—think rainbow colours, eye popping designs and stunning edible embellishments that will have you salivating at your screen. But it’s not all just about the pretty pictures. These cakes are seriously yummy, and have already amassed a huge army of fans all over Sydney and beyond—get your orders in quick, the clever kids at Unbirthday Bakery get booked up well in advance.
Black Star Pastry
Roseberry & Newtown, CBD
With an onus on market fresh ingredients and fresh flavours, Black Star Pastry is fast gaining a reputation as one of Sydney’s most prolific cake makers. Using only natural ingredients and shying away from flavouring and dyes, the team here combines traditional techniques with a healthy dose of creativity to produce a range of cakes so good you’ll never look back. Don’t leave without trying their signature Strawberry & Watermelon cake. The store’s most requested cake is made up of two layers of almond dacquoise, rose-scented cream, watermelon, strawberries, pistachios and dried rose petals. Need we say more?
With a vision to create American vintage style and wholesome cakes and sweet treats, the namesake behind Jillian’s Cakery is a mecca of all things delicious, buttery and frosted. It’s one of the very few places in Sydney that does a great red velvet cake, and the freshly made cinnamon scrolls are the perfect way to make your life a little better. Jillian and her team will even cater your corporate events so you have an excuse to hang around the cake table all day long.
Black Velvet Sydney
The average person will find it extremely difficult to walk past Black Velvet Sydney without stopping and staring, mouthwatering. It’s just so pretty! The window display of lavish cupcakes and wedding cakes looks so designer luxe and they taste pretty good, too. After spending two years travelling the world to master the art of the perfect cupcake, owner, Orlando Sanpo, believes he has finally created a flawless cupcake. With more than 100 flavours, you can’t really go wrong at Sydney cake shop, Black Velvet!
Bourke Street Bakery
This bakery has bakeries all over Sydney and prides itself on baking real food, the old-fashioned way. As the saying goes, “don’t fix what’s not broken” and they’ve done just that. They’re churning out one of the best traditional carrot cakes going 'round, as well as a cheeky Belgian chocolate number and even a speciality lemon and ricotta cake too.
The cakes coming out of Brickfields consist of classics like dense flourless chocolate cake. But they do stray off the beaten track with a few of their other options. Think a spiced zucchini and spelt cake or a yoghurt, vanilla and poached fruit situation. BTW they’re all just as delicious as each other.
If you prefer doughnuts, then read this.