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Santina's Cakes

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Published July 12th 2014
In the northern suburbs, it's kind of tough finding a good cafe, let alone a good place for dessert.

Furthermore, it's hard finding either of these things that are open a bit later in the afternoon - say after 3pm.

Santina's Cakes
The cake display

Somehow, I managed to stumble upon Santina's Cakes. I was a little confused as their Facebook and name seem to indicate they provide custom cakes and catering.

Santina's Cakes
Salted caramel mousse cups!

However, after checking out their website a bit more, I realised they were also a restaurant/cafe that stays open until 9pm! They even have a breakfast and lunch menu, woodfire pizzas and an alcohol license.

Santina's Cakes
Butterfly cake

That's a lot going on for one place - but the atmosphere feels like it is more suitable for its main purpose of coffee/tea and dessert. Their displays are full of biscotti, cakes and other desserts, thus making the decision of what to eat quite difficult.

Santinas Cakes
Cookies and cream slice

I always tend to go for the cookies and cream or oreo dessert, as I feel like I can't go wrong with it (above). But you must remember to prepare yourself for a rich and sweet overdose.

A coffee is always good to have to sip alongside it, and I went with a caramel latte. They also have milkshakes or if you prefer, you can accompany your meal with a glass of wine or some other alocholic beverages.

Santinas Cakes
Strawberry and blood orange gelato

In the corner of the shop, there was also a small selection of homemade gelato flavours. My friend decided to get a cup of strawberry, blood orange and lemon, which is hiding at the bottom.

For me, the flavours were a bit strong, but perhaps this is a more authentic representation than other watered down versions I have had - I'm not too sure!

Santinas Cakes
Hot jam donuts

Finally, my friends also decided to order some hot jam donuts. The cafe was quite empty as it was Saturday afternoon, but they informed us it might be a bit of a wait to cook the donuts.

We had plenty of time to spare, so were able to wait a while until they came out covered in a heap of icing sugar. We were really indulging at this point and unsurprisingly couldn't finish them all!

Santinas Cakes
Oozing jam donuts

This is a great place to drop by for a catch up over coffee and cakes, something that the northern suburbs lacks when it comes to evening time.

Their breakfast/lunch/pizza menus seem extensive, but I'm not sure their regular food lives up to the quality of the desserts. We had an omelette and it was average.

Santina's Cakes
Many more offers at the counter

Their desserts are numerous and there are many signs with more special options such as sundaes or pancakes. If you're struggling to find somewhere to drop by later in the day for some desserts, give this place a try and see what you think!
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Why? To try a rare dessert place and cafe that stays open late in the northern suburbs
When: Mon-Tues: 7am-6pm, Wed-Sat: 7am-9pm, Sun: 10am-9pm
Phone: 03 9466 2883
Where: 187-189 High Street, Thomastown Vic 3074
Cost: $3-$16
Your Comment
Tat butterfly cake looks gorgeous.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12457) 1895 days ago
I want to try this, pity its so far away.
by newintstudents (score: 2|474) 1895 days ago
Good to learn about Santina's cakes - they look absolutely delcious BUT as for it being difficult to find good coffee/desserts in the North, this is very misleading, if not absolutely ridiculous. You seem to forget that all the roads leading to Santina’s in the North, are literally lined with some of the Melbourne's best/most popular eateries - leading all the way to Santina's. To jot your memory, here are but a few - Smith St, Fitzroy/Collingwood; Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Brunswick Street Fitzroy, Nicholson & Lygon Streets, Fitzroy/Carlton/Brunswick; Sydney Road, Brunswick/Coburg; Station Street, Fairfield; High Street from Northcote through to Reservoir, and now thanks to you article, leading all the way to Santina’s!
by vanda (score: 2|106) 1890 days ago
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