Living in Melbourne has become an eclectic taste sensation, allowing one to find their sweet needs within each neighbourhood. From chocolate fantasies and croissants, which rival those within France, and even the classic Boba, there is sure to be something out there for everyone.
Now, if you're like me and you desire a sweet treat without gluten and dairy, then I urge you to look no further than Mr Nice Guy's Bakeshop located in Ascot Vale, Melbourne. Whether you are vegan, gluten intolerant, dairy intolerant or you are a carnivore looking for something different, you will be spoiled for choice, surveying all the baked goods prepared in-house with careful consideration and creativity.
The shop sits facing Union Road, a shopfront that offers promise to the taste buds once you spot the large Mr Nice Guy's sign. Once inside, you will find a small shop with a large glass counter to the right filled with donuts, cakes, pastries, babka, cupcakes, brioche donuts (bronuts), cookies, croissants, brownies, many savoury items and oh so much more.
I recently sampled the gluten-free cinnamon bun which surprised me with a soft pull-apart texture and generously filled with a sweet and thick cinnamon mixture, all covered in sweet icing. Gluten-free and vegan cinnamon buns are hard to come by, and I have often tried to make my own with hilarious consequences. These buns filled my memories of Sunday afternoons in South Africa during our afternoon tea times, especially when they were warmed in the oven for 10 minutes. I urge you to try warming your cinnamon buns in the oven, as it makes the buns more fragrant, rich and lusciously sticky.
I also highly recommend the cupcake selection. My top choices being Red Velvet, Death By Chocolate and Cherry Ripe for the perfect birthday surprise. Each cupcake is moist with a unique flavour created by the bakers here, which ensures your bite-sized morsel will be memorable.
With the onset of Covid19, Mr Nice Guys Bakeshop launched a delivery service with great success, meaning that those within the Southern Suburbs and Outer Melbourne can sample the delicious vegan and gluten-free menu delivered straight to your door.
Put this on your list as either a must go or a must deliver.