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Popular Desserts in Melbourne

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Published August 6th 2014
With shows like Masterchef doing the rounds, dessert places are getting their share of popularity in the Melbourne food scene.

Each place has their own unique stance and ethos on the type of desserts they make - and it's interesting to go and experience each one. Here's a few that you may have heard of!

Luxbite: 38 Toorak Rd, South Yarra

You'll find that many of these places have been featured on Masterchef but have also been making their name well-known in Melbourne long before that.

Collection of Luxbite desserts

Luxbite is a small cafe and dessert place known for its unique cakes with some Asian influences, such as kaya toast macarons. This definitely wins the favour of many Malaysians living in Melbourne. It's no surprise then that the owners of Luxbite both have a Malaysian background.

Kalamansi tart

In addition to their usual cakes, they often sell cakes limited to a week or so, labelling the desserts as #LuxbiteLimited. One of these gems was the kalamansi tart, demonstrating exotic influences once again with the use of an Asian citrus fruit, well-known in the Philippines.

They also have a small brunch menu, if you want to have a complete meal with dessert afterwards!

Adriano Zumbo: 14 Claremont St, South Yarra

The macarons or "Zumbarons" at Adriano Zumbo are one of its main attractions along with the "zonut" (his branding of a cronut). A cronut has become a craze, a hybrid between donut and croissant.

Adriano Zumbo

The popular chef brought his shops down from Sydney to Melbourne so fans could taste his uniquely flavoured Zumbarons, including Pandan Sticky Rice and Salted Caramel Popcorn.

Adriano Zumbo
Cakes and zumarons

If that's not enough, you can try his other interesting creations, such as the passionfruit tart above and several special cakes.

Brunetti: 214 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD & 194-204 Faraday St, Carlton

Brunetti is a staple place to drop by if you want dessert. With a small outlet in the city and a much larger complex in Carlton, they have really grown into a popular coffee and cake meet-up spot.

Raspberry and white chocolate, brulee lemon tart and a pear and cheese crumble

And why not, when it has classic desserts such as the above? The raspberry and white chocolate cake was especially good, whilst the lemon tart can be overwhelmingly sweet if you have a lot. So make sure you have it in small doses.

There are plenty of other sweets and pastries to choose from, especially if you visit the Carlton branch, so prepare your stomach and prepare to see a crowd.

Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio: 647 Chapel St, South Yarra

Under the mastery of Darren Purchese, this shop is full of colourful decoration and desserts that brings out your inner child.

Burch and Purchese
Dessert window

They have a significant variety in their range of tube desserts, which seem to be all the rage. It separates the flavours into layers but creates an amazing taste sensation when eaten altogether.

Burch and Purchese
Tube desserts

This includes the 'banana split' above, which tasted exactly like one when I had a spoonful of all the layers. To top it off, the mini banana on top was edible.

Burch and Purchese
The edible display

The shop also includes several displays that will amaze you, as the entire displays and canvases are edible, turning the presentation of dessert into a fine art.

Om Nom Dessert Bar: 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD

Speaking of art, another Masterchef featured chef, comes from Om Nom Dessert Bar. With its artistic and carefully thought-out desserts, this place is continually booked with eager Melburnians looking to experience the dessert bar's wonders.

Om Nom Dessert Bar
Raspberry Field and Smoked Banoffee

When you have desserts that involved lighting some rum on fire (smoked banoffee), there's no wonder why people are attracted to the creativity of this place.

Om Nom Dessert Bar
Raspberry Field: Raspberry, lychee, meringue, rosewater

The woman behind it, Christy Tania, altered her career path from youngest project manager at IBM to become a pastry chef. Check out the flourishing results of her decision at Om Nom Dessert Bar!

Evidently, Melbourne has a lot of places to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. Shows like Masterchef are only just exposing these places to an even wider audience, but go out there and try them yourself and see what you think!

Do you know of any other dessert places worthy of a mention?
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Your Comment
They all look amazing.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12457) 1872 days ago
The raspberry field looks amazing!
by Mary-Jane HT (score: 1|57) 1872 days ago
Vanilla cakes and coffee lounge in Oakleigh, pretty amazing!
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