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by Natasha Poynton (subscribe)
Founder of Your Write, freelance writer, editor, corporate communicator and TV Producer in my spare time, around being a busy mum to 3 little ones and managing our team at Your Write. Find out more www.your-write.com.au where words come effortlessly
Published August 20th 2014
Indulge: life is sweet
Puddin' & Pie is one of those places that I have visited recently and wondered why on earth I hadn't visited before. The cafe has recently celebrated its first birthday and word is getting around just how good this place is.

Puddin' & Pie cafe on Winstanley Rd, Carina Heights
fresh flowers adorn the tables most days


Certainly the people at this year's Cake Expo have heard, as they invited Georgia Cornell, the brains behind Puddin' & Pie to showcase her talents there this year. You can see Georgia and sample some of the amazing treats she has on offer at Puddin' & Pie at the Cake Expo 2014 in Brisbane in September.

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Puddin' & Pie cafe in Carina Heights


It is hard to put your finger on exactly what makes Puddin' & Pie so appealing. It is a small and unassuming shop in the middle of a slightly rundown row of old stores in Carina's Winstanley Street. The interior is a lovely mix of quirkiness and cottage homeliness. Stripy wallpaper and white-washed chairs are underscored by the display of fresh flowers on the tables. On the wall is written a lovely (and timely) reminder: "Indulge: Life is sweet".

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Life is sweet at Puddin' & Pie cafe in Carina


But the real treats, of course, are the sweet treats. There are cupcakes for vegans, slices for the gluten-intolerant and delicacies for anyone who is just feeling like a little sugar kick. The thing that strikes you mostly, as you gaze on the rows of delights, is just how delicious everything looks so it makes it hard to make a decision to choose just one. In the end, and after much procrastination, I settled on a gluten-free dark chocolate brownie. At $4.70 for a good-sized brownie, I was delighted not only that it was gluten–free, but by its modest price and its delicious taste. Most of the treats on display are around the $4.00 mark.

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Speciality treats are available


The Di Bella coffee is great too and very reasonably priced. If you sit in, you can have your coffee served in your choice of cup ($3.90) or mug ($4.90) or bowl ($6.90). While I do have many days when a bowl of coffee would be perfect, today was not one of those days, so I more sensibly opted, for a mug.

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Puddin' & Pie cafe in Carina Heights


But it is not all about the sugar- or caffeine- kicks; Puddin' & Pie has a great range of breakfast and lunch items too. Some are displayed in the cabinet but most are made to order. These include wraps and delicious handmade pastries, like large gourmet sausage rolls for a very reasonable $4.20 or creamy chicken pies at $6.90. Next time I will be testing out the potato gratin for my lunch, which sits at $8.90 and comes with a large chunk of fresh, crusty bread.

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the brownies are highly recommended

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vegan or gluten-free treats are a speciality of Puddin' & Pie cafe's


Puddin' & Pie tends to specialise in gluten-free food, so there are plenty of options, such as gluten-free toasties (and unlike many other places, specialities that are labelled as 'gluten-free' don't seem to have a huge mark-up on them).

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this unassuming cafe is Puddin' & Pie


There are plenty of high chairs, and baby chino's at a measly 60c also make this little cafe a great choice for families or mums with little ones.

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strawberry smoothie and cherry chocolate slice (all gluten-free)


Everything – and that includes all the amazing gluten-free and vegan treats, as well as all of the savoury pastries – everything is made handmade on site by the talented chef, Georgia Cornell. So give yourself a treat and go and see her at Puddin' & Pie.

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Indulge: life is sweet with Puddin' & Pie


Open from 7 – 4pm weekdays, 7 – 1pm Saturdays and closed Sundays. Puddin' & Pie's facebook page can be found here, where you can catch up on the day's specials or be tempted by the newest batch of biscuits or pastries.
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Why? Indulge: Life is sweet
When: From 7am - 4pm weekdays, 7am - 1pm Saturdays, closed sundays
Phone: (07) 3395 2849
Where: 131 Winstanley Rd, Carina Heights, Qld
Cost: evrything reasonably priced with most desserts around $4.
Your Comment
Hello Natasha, looks like I've found my next 'go-to' coffee stop. You have made the place irresistible and our next drive out that way we'll be stopping. Thanks for such a lovely and descriptive, story. Regards, Tony
by Tony Dyer (score: 2|475) 1758 days ago
Some vegan savouries would be nice, eg. Pies, soups, hot dogs, potato gratin etc. as I would like to have something for lunch apart from cupcakes.
by AngieD (score: 1|11) 1760 days ago
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