Freelance writer from Sydney. Images are my own unless specified otherwise.
Published January 1st 2017
Have your cake and eat it too
There are loads of great dessert places in Randwick. You'll find everything from authentic crepes at Four Frogs to fully loaded chocolate and walnut croissants at Bat Country. Randwick is definitely worth a visit because they have loads of great coffee shops and restaurants too.
But when it comes to special sweets, these three little gems surely take the cake.
The Sweet Spot Patisserie is located in The Spot, on Randwick's trendy side of town. They specialise in Greek Pastries and biscuits, as well as stunning cakes. The cakes come in varying sizes; you've got bite sized, individual portions as well as full blown party cakes (pictured). There's so much to choose from you'll want to come back and try them all. They've got tangy lemon meringue tarts, mini pavlovas, ice-cream cakes, cheesecakes, bite-sized profiteroles stuffed with cream, nutty baklava dripping in syrup and many more. The Black Forest cake is very indulgent and the Caramel Mousse just melts in your mouth. The place is actually quite affordable, especially considering the quality of the cakes. A cake and a coffee will cost you around $12.00. It's a great place for dates, family outings and gathering with friends. They open 7 days.
You'll find Christopher's Cake Shop located in the bustling Royal Randwick Shopping centre. People of all ages come to Christopher's for one thing: a sugar rush. They are one of Australia's oldest cake shops, operating since 1955, so it's no surprise they really know their cakes. You'll be dazzled by their delectable offerings; they sell grand cakes, little cakes and crunchy baklavas and biscuits too. When it comes to the cakes (pictured), they make them in four different sizes ranging from $40-$55, which is convenient. The Salted Caramel is a must try and the Red Velvet is always popular. If you are after something a little less rich, they sell delightful tea cakes in various flavours as well. You can't go wrong with the orange and poppy seed. If you are in the mood for a little cake and coffee Christopher's is a great spot to bring a friend for afternoon tea. They have quaint seating where you can sit, enjoy your treat and people watch. Try the traditional custard tart ($3.50) or the crunchy, sweet Thaktila ($1.90) for something more exotic. They open 7 days.
Kurtosh is located down the street from The Sweet Spot. The delicious scent of fresh pastries wafts up the street, tempting you to enter. When you do you will find marble counters, incandescent lighting, rustic décor and smiling, cake-filled faces. The vibe is low-key, friendly and relaxed, but the cakes are vibrant, sweet and moreish. Sit back, sip on their strong chai lattes and watch the chefs roll out the dough right in front of your eyes. The standout feature to Kurtosh is the fact that you decide when enough is enough. That's right, the slab cakes are cut to the size you desire and sold by the gram ($4.90/100g). If you can't decide on just one, why not order a few smaller slices of various flavours? The lime tart is tangy and sweet, with a ginger kick in the base. The strawberry sponge is delectable and they even have gluten free cakes. Kurtosh are often introducing new cakes to the menu so you'll never tire of the place. They open till 10pm daily, even on public holidays, so it's perfect for a late night treat.
So whether you have a birthday coming up, a catch up with friends, or simply a hankering for good quality cake, head to Randwick, where every day is cake day.