Freshly baked, thick, creamy frosting, individually sized – who doesn't love a classic cupcake? Especially when they taste just as good as they look, which is the case if you're visiting the Sherbet Café and Bake Shop in Maylands. Situated opposite the Maylands train station, this small vintage café is inspired by New York cupcake bakeries. With green tables, a 1950's fridge and chandelier on the ceiling, Sherbet is just as cute as the cupcakes lining its countertop.
As well as sweets, they also serve up a selection of savoury foods, including croissants, sandwiches and tarts, all good options for a quick lunch. Of course, even if your plan is just to have lunch, once you're there you can't go past a little indulgence at $4 a cupcake and roughly $6.50 a cake slice (and they are generous slices).
They stock a range of cupcake flavours including vanilla-raspberry, espresso and chocolate, as well as coconut, lemon angle, red velvet and plum and almond cakes. If I had to recommend anything, it would be the red velvet – not only does it look great, it tastes good too.
It's probably best to go during 'down times' as the place is quite small and it's hard to get a table, with only four or five inside, and two outside (which doesn't help if you're going during the wet and windy season). Sherbet does take away orders as well, so even if it looks packed, it's worth wondering in to check out how many people actually intend on dining in.
If my visit was anything to go by, Sherbet has quite a large turnover rate – people seem to understand that there are others waiting for a seat, and I watched three or four groups come and go in the time it took to eat lunch and desert.
The place doesn't look like much from the outside but it has homely vibe to it and the staff helps maintain the down to earth, friendly feel with great service. Wondering what this great service consists of? Well, look no further.
After lunch, I went back to the counter to order my cupcake, leaving my half finished milkshake on our table. Top marks for efficiency to the guy who cleared our plates away while we were gone, however he also took with him my milkshake. As I mentioned, the place is quite small, so when I sat back down and commented on this ("they took my milkshake, I was specifically saving that to have with desert") the staff behind the counter heard me and looked up. They apologised several times and brought me another whole shake free of charge, even though I'd told them I only needed half.
All this with a smile on their faces and they didn't even know I planning to review them when I got home. It's hard to go past friendly service and deliciously displayed cupcakes.
By tail1 - reader Thursday, 14th of July @ 07:31 am
Just went up today, Truly Heaven there...People are so friendly & lovely!!! Well worth the road trip :)
By Anonymous Thursday, 14th of July @ 09:19 am
It's great to see a local business taking on a different flavour than the usual bakeries we find around here. The novelty of a themed store always draws my attention! Thank you for letting us know this one’s around, I will definitely give it a try
It looks gorgeous. I'll have to try it if I'm ever in WA. I love cupcake cafes, and while some people think cupcake are a bit of a fad I think that cupcake cafes are a really great idea.
I've got a few favourites in Adelaide, but I'm always looking for new ones to add to my list. I also love baking cupcakes, so I think that cupcake cafes can be a great place for inspiration for new flavours and for different ways of decorating.
The two cupcakes you've got there look absolutely adorable! I also love the plates. It is great to see that there are great cupcake cafes popping up all over Australia, long live the cupcake I say. Great article~ :)