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's where to find Sydney's best cakes.
The Best Retro Cakes In Sydney
At the forefront of home bakers absolutely slaying it in Sydney right now is Javi Bakes. If you’ve never spotted one of her buttercream cakes in your Insta feed, you’re sorely missing out. The vintage-inspired cakes here are completely customisable and get wrapped in all sorts of colourful piping, delicate decorations and funky messages. You can pretty much build your own cake here from scratch, choose round, heart or a square-shaped base then go to town on the flavours, additional fillings (like jam, Nutella and lemon curd) and toppings (Maraschino cherries, flowers, chocolate drip). DM Javi via Instagram for orders. Javi Bakes is currently only offering pick-up for cakes.
For cake art you can eat, cast your eye over the retro goodness at Baked Inspace. The idea here is that no cake is boring, every cake comes with intention and all cakes taste like fireworks. The real MVP here is the retro cherry cake pumped with two epic layers of Nutella Italian meringue, buttercream and seasonal fruit. The tangerine dream is another winner for obvious reasons—a raspberry lemon cake with raspberry reduction filling. Not to mention, the legend behind this one has an actual suite of cake goodness dedicated to breaking up and making up...genius. Delivery is available but will depend on your proximity. DM Baked Inspace on Instagram for orders.
Stacey Brewer Cakes
If there’s a cake to be eaten, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Stacy Brewer Cakes. The cakes at Stacey Brewer Cakes are nothing less than elegant and completely personal for all occasions. Hate lockdown? She’s got a cake for that. Want to dive into a moist chocolate cake sandwiches with cookies, cream and chunky Orea pieces? She definitely has a cake for that. Want a gluten-free cake made with vanilla bean sponge, Italian meringue and loaded with lots of tangy passionfruit curd and raspberries? Ah yes, of she has a cake for that.
The Best Cake Delivery In Sydney
15 Centimetres is known for churning out some of Sydney’s best Basque cheesecakes with a few flavours twists to get around. As the name suggests, the cakes here go for a standard 15-centimetre cake tin size. The original burnt Basque cheesecake here forged 15 Centimetres’ pastry success, repping a rich Basque batter known for its gooey-ness and a toastie casing with that iconic caramel shell. Elsewhere on the menu, you’ll find a tangy Tahitian lime take on the Basque, a bitter “Yame” matcha basque, as well as a wild berry and chocolate burnt Basque cheesecake loaded with Belgian dark chocolate, premium milk chocolate, and wild blueberries. The best part? These cakes can be delivered right to your door (or picked up from 15 Centimetres cafe partners—Qube on Bay Cafe in Ultimo and Savage Cafe in Artarmon) and also tick the box as gluten-free. Head over here to order.
The cakes at Looma’s are in their own calibre of dessert. These silky creations are what your biggest sweet dreams are made of and you’ll have a full suite of tastiness at your fingertips with standard, gluten-free, vegan, fruit, nut-free and halal cakes all up on offer. Heads up, the Rafaello cake is the ultimate coconut treat with a velvety texture that’s topped with biscuit flakes. Trust us, your housemates will thank you.
Best Cake Shops In Sydney
Mrs Jones The Baker
Frenchs Forest, Freshwater, and Warringah Mall
Mrs Jones is the kind of baker who has her mitts in a bunch of Sydney locations, all of which whip up some pretty incredible cakes. The tasty stuff here is made with an organic base of ingredients with no artificial additives and you’ll find a whole range from individual cakes, small patisserie cakes, whole cakes and gluten-free cakes too. For your good samaritan deed of the week, you can fill a box with the likes of Victoria sponge cakes, lamington cakes, salted caramel tarts, passionfruit cheesecake and a lot more. On the bigger end of the cake spectrum, the age-old favourite here has been the carrot and ginger cake and the orange and almond creation if you need a gluten-free option.
Cherry Moon General Store
In past inspired by co-owner and chef Kimmy Gastmeier’s travels around Australia, Cherry Moon General Store is a throwback to ancient ways of cooking with the likes of fermentation and fire. On the cake side of things here that means you’ll find rustic tea cakes like Cherry Moon’s classic tea cake. The team here also mix up a Russian honey cake with five layers of dark caramelised sponge and cream. There’s also a signature cake, handmade with seasonal local citrus and cream, all squished between moist layers of butter cake and yes, it’s perfect for birthday celebrations.
Chippendale and Marrickville
Since opening its doors back in 2013, Brickfields has grown to be the beating heart of Sydney’s bakery scene. Famous for serving some of the best baked goods around, the crew here also sport a sling of wholesome as-good-as-your-nanna-could-make cakes delicious enough for any occasion. The spelt, zucchini and walnut cake is a super moist, nutty cake and has been a crowd favourite since it was first created. Layered with honeyed cream cheese icing, it gets finished with caramelised seeds and edible parts. For real wow factor, you’ll also want to draw your attention to the lemon chiffon, an airy sponge slathered in tangy lemon curd and covered in scorched lemon meringue.
At The Fold, baking is their absolute forte. The culmination of two generations of culinary talent, plus a team with experience at the likes of Sixpenny, Quay and Sokyo, means the cakes you’ll find here are nothing short of extraordinary. The cafe itself takes inspiration from the owner’s Sri Lankan heritage with a slight twist which means carrot cake with sultanas and soaked in Sri Lankan tea, cloves-spiced love cake and even a light-as-air cotton cheesecake are all on the menu. You can also shoot through custom orders.
Maggio’s Italian Bakery & Pasticceria
Established all the way back in 1998, Maggio’s has long been serving up Sydney’s most delicious cakes (modelled off what Nonna used to cook, naturally). The white tartufo is a cake layered with vanilla sponge and centred with strawberries and chantilly cream. This beauty then gets finished with white Callebaut chocolate and look, we can’t promise that you won’t think it’s too pretty to eat. Maggio’s also whips up all the classics with black forests, baked ricotta cheesecake, continental, millefoglie, carrot cake, tiramisu and a flourless almond meal cake soaked in orange blossom syrup finished with cream cheese icing, rose petal and candied orange peel.
If you’re buttercream-obsessed and always have a hankering for a slice of old-fashioned treats then you need to get around Luna Cakes, stat. For main occasions and celebrations, Luna bakes up custom cakes with the most drool-worthy flavours to pick from (think layers of almond cake and dark chocolate with coffee mascarpone filling). Alongside the fancy creations, you’ll always find Luna’s famous baked ricotta cake, a coffee and Kahlua cheesecake, coconut cheesecake, angel cakes and a flourless dark chocolate and hazelnut cake. Luna Cakes pops up at a bunch of iconic Sydney markets (Kirribilli, Birkenhead, East Village) and is currently offering home delivery on its slices too.
Black Star Pastry
Roseberry, CBD, and Newtown
Known for its 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 now-iconic Strawberry Watermelon cake, made up of two layers of almond dacquoise, rose-scented cream, watermelon, strawberries, pistachios and dried rose petals. Black Star Pastry has also introduced next-day delivery options for some Sydney areas.
Andy Bowdy shot into the cake stratosphere with his insane tiered cake towers back in 2015. Dripping in caramel sauce and decorated with bombs of meringue, and available exclusively to order online, it used to be pretty impossible to nab one—they were (rightly so) insanely popular and totally one-of-a-kind. Nowadays, you can get your fix at Bowdy's Enmore cafe, Saga. At the cafe, you can pick up everything from a tiramisu to-go, to flourless chocolate cakes, and adorable mini versions of Bowdy's signature cake towers. Keep an eye out for Bowdy's famous Christmas trifle too.
Bourke Street Bakery
Loved for their pastries, pies, coffee, and bread, Bourke Street Bakery 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 (it has to be one of Sydney's best), 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.
Dulcet, also known as the innovator of out-of-this-world 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 bubble bath) and the 20-layer crepe cake.
Haberfield, Five Dock and 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.
Is it a cake, or is it abstract art? For fancy cupcakes, handmade chocolates and custom-made cakes, Black Velvet is your go-to. Their window display of lavish cupcakes and wedding cakes looks so designer-luxe it's hard to believe some of these creations are actually edible. Owner Orlando Sanpo has put out over 100 flavours in this store, from the more traditional salted caramel to the quirkier bacon and cheese. Delivery is available for most of Sydney—read more here.
Flour And Stone
For classic European and English-styled desserts, it’s best to visit Flour and Stone. This is a foodie favourite, beloved for its melt-in-your-mouth lamingtons, brownies, croissants, 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. Flour and Stone also offer delivery for most Sydney suburbs, which you can check out here.
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