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Staring down the candles on my birthday cake, I wished that finding the right birthday cake wasn't so difficult. Hopefully these ideas will take the pain out of choosing a perfect birthday cake for you or that special person in your life so you can use your wish on other things!
Le Bon Choix, at 379 Queen Street in Brisbane's CBD, is a French patisserie with a selection of decadent, designer, cakes which are gorgeously decorated with macaroons and the like. The mousse cakes are to die for and are always a huge hit around our office. Why not try the Miroula (18cm $32 / 22cm $39) which is a chocolate macadamia mousse cake with crème brulee centre, or the Lenette (18cm $34 / 22cm $41) which is a white chocolate mousse cake combined with pear and honey jelly and chocolate brownie. The 18cm cakes feed between 6 to 8 people, while the 22cm size feeds between 8 to 10 people.
If quirky is more your thing, head along to the Bread Top Bakery in the Myer Centre on Queen Street Mall, for the 'puppy cake' ($25) which is available in Tiramisu, chocolate or mixed fruit flavour. While I haven't actually tasted the cake, I can guarantee it has wow factor. Fashioned in the shape of a long-haired Shitzu puppy, this cake is almost too cute to eat! There are also a variety of brightly coloured mini tortes to choose from which are priced at $19, and are available in unique flavours such as green tea, chestnut or mango gateaux.
And if you're looking for an oldie but a goodie, you can't go past The Shingle Inn, which has a number of stores throughout Brisbane (i.e. Brisbane CBD, Chermside and Cleveland). Given it's been around since 1936, it's easy to see why The Shingle Inn is such a popular choice. Try the Rocky Road Cheesecake ($31) which is a creamy cheesecake combining almonds and fluffy marshmallows, glace cherries and lots of chocolate. Or there's the Orange & Almond Cake ($39.90) which is a moist gluten-free cake, iced with chocolate ganache and topped with almonds, orange pieces and dusted with sugar. They also have many other cakes to choose from, including the more traditional favourites such as simple vanilla or chocolate sponges with soft icing. But remember you may have to order in advance so it's worth giving them a call to first to see what they have available. And, if you want to order a special occasion cake go check out their photo book instore for inspiration.
So go on, indulge yourself - your palate will thank you for it even if your hips don't. Where do you recommend buying a cake in Brisbane?
Flour & Chocolate - 621 Wynnum Rd. Morningside...if you're after quality, hand made and delicious cakes, you can't go past this bakeshop!!!:-) Visit and see for yourself. The business is run by a lovely couple Kylie & Lachlan Scott. Their Artisan bread, fine cakes and pastries are to die for and made with 100% organic flour. Their double chocolate brownie is divine as well as their ricotta cakes with custard and walnut. Chocolate and raspberry velvet cake has gotta be one of my faves- heavenly delicious!!!:-) My kids love their chocolate eclairs:-) They also make fantastic pastries, bagels, donuts, quiche and beautiful organic breads at the premises:-)...this cake shop truly deserves to be successful! Give it a go!!!:-)....
Star Cakes at Albion. They do a wonderful range to order as well as some delicious cup cakes to buy and take with you. I had an incredible one off birthday cake which not only looked sensational but tasted amazing to the last crumb!
Jocelyn's Provisions!! James St New Farm for good quality buttery cakes. I like the chocolate with sour cream and lavendar ganache cake.
Cake Star in Albion has the best cupcakes and are well priced for the size.
It's not a cake shop but a cafe called Dramanti artisan roaster in Wynnum. They stock 'glutenfreek' cakes and biscuits made locally. Apart from being gluten free they are also lactose free and sugar free (or low sugar) but the flavours are amazing. To top it off, glutenfreek goods are affordable, which is more than I can say for most other specialty cakes. The coffee at Dramanti is the best I've tasted in brisbane so it's worth the trip if you're not a baysider.