Brisbane’s best cakes | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane’s best cakes

Because somewhere out there, it’s someone's birthday.

Sometimes, you just need an epic, sugar and butter-loaded number that will have everyone’s eyes glazing in joy. If you don’t trust your own cakes to come out fully-formed and moist in the middle, never fear… We’ve got a list of places to buy cakes so beautiful, you’ll be in tiers.

PETAL & PEACH | ONLINE

With cakes as sweet as their name, Petal & Peach creates delectable, bespoke cakes. If you’re looking to spend the afternoon with your jaw on the ground and drool pooling in your lap, one simply has to swipe through a couple of their cake-tastic Instagram pics. Hot tip: Order well in advance. Like, really well in advance. 

JOCELYN’S PROVISIONS | VARIOUS LOCATIONS + ONLINE 

The perfect spot to nab something sweet for the office morning tea (we like to have them daily), Jocelyn’s Provisions has any cake you could possibly want, need or dream of. Because it’s totally normal to dream about salted caramel layered cake, right? 

These rustic beauties come in all shapes, sizes, flavours, styles, fillings, frostings… um, just give us a moment to catch our breath.

DELLO MANO | NEW FARM, CBD + ONLINE 

Luxury birthday brownies could be a popular new theme in your household if you bring home a box from Dello Mano.

Admittedly, brownies are more of a transport risk for people who like to snack in the car, so make sure you trust your courier. But if you’re a stickler for tradition, they also do some seriously epic cakes, including a hazelnut mousse torte that will leave everyone speechless.

CAKES BY JUDY C | ASHGROVE

Worried your party will fall a little flat? Need to make someone smile so they forget they’ve gotten older? Judy C’s crazy-amazing creations might just fit the bill. No simple sponges here, instead you’ll find decadent mudcakes underneath impressive layers of icing and chocolate ganache. Judy C is also the queen of the cupcake–with wild flavours like apple pie, peach Melba, cotton candy, and choc maple on the cards. 

DARVELLA PATISSERIE | HAWTHORNE + ONLINE

Named after a tiny town in Switzerland, Darvella is all about old school European pastry with a modern twist. Darvella’s speciality is their baby cakes–a miniature cake suitable for 4-6 guests that come in a variety of flavours. Good things do come in small packages, it appears. 

BELLA + TORTIE | GRANGE + ONLINE

While canelés are the house speciality, Bella and Tortie’s brioches, tarts, cookies, and of course, cakes, are some of the best in town. The online ordering process is simple and offers sweet tooths bespoke options, while the Grange shop front is always stocked up with sweet and savoury delights and a friendly face or two. 

CAKE & BAKE | NEWSTEAD

It’s hard not to get sidetracked in a bakery that so effortlessly does it all (we’re talking preserves, pastries, and irresistible counter treats), but keep your eye on the prize, because Cake & Bake’s display cabinet is chock-a-block with masterfully-crafted cakes. Take our word for it: nothing will win more brownie points than a dense chocolate and hazelnut cake sprinkled with dried rose petals.

PASSIONTREE VELVET | VARIOUS LOCATIONS + ONLINE 

Cravings driving you up a tree? Mon amie, look no further! Our fave Parisian high tea spot also dresses up some of the prettiest cakes in town. With a gallery of Picasso-esque watercolour icing and celebration cakes topped with macarons, you’ll need to prep for an Eiffel-tower sized food coma–these creations are impossible to resist. 

GELATO MESSINA | VARIOUS LOCATIONS + ONLINE 

What’s better than cake? Cake that involves gelato, of course! 

Whatever handmade Messina gelato cake you choose from the nine on offer, inclusive of Dr. Evil’s Magic Mushroom–shaped like an actual mushroom and consisting of dark chocolate gelato, peanut cookies, dulce de leche, flourless chocolate sponge, popping candy feuilletine grass base, finished with red chocolate glaze and white chocolate dots–or even a classic Bombe Alaska for good measure.

WHIPPED CAKE CO | ONLINE

You’ll never realize what’s been missing from your parties all your life until you see Whipped Cake Co’s intricate creations… From the monumental six layers of caramel Mars Bar mud cake with vanilla bean buttercream, crushed Malteasers, Flake, Mars Bars and salted caramel sauce, to the simple elegance of a vanilla naked cake, the only recurring theme is that they will all have your mouth watering. Sorry – we should have posted a drool warning first.

BELLE ÉPOQUE | SOUTH BANK + ONLINE

Emporium Hotel South Bank is known for being hella bougie, and the stunning on-site French patisserie also fits the brief. When they’re not serving decadent sweet and savoury high teas, the chefs at Belle Époque are whipping up stunning celebration cakes that will have you wishing it was your birthday every day. 

Provided you haven’t licked off any frosting on the drive home, there are going to be some very happy guests at your next party. 

 

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Words by Jarred Reinke and Elizabeth Markwell
- the gourmets who want to marry a wedding cake