Food, fitness and health enthusiast. Aspiring writer and health practitioner.
Published February 24th 2013
Let them eat cake
It's not a birthday without cake. Many buy the pretty cakes from Brunetti, but coffee would a better choice. So here are three different places in Melbourne to purchase three very different types of birthday cake:
Great for unassuming and delicious cakes, they have a huge range of classics including hummingbird and lemon meringue tart, starting from $31.95 for 9" round cakes. They also sell delectable Cherry Ripe cake and Marz Bar cake with layers of chocolate cake, rich mousse and soft caramel.
To feed a large crowd, 14" continental and sponge cakes (jam, passionfruit, strawberry, chocolate or blackforest) are available for $100 and $90 respectively. If that still isn't big enough, they can bake you one for up to 150 people if you give them a call or drop into the store. The staff are competent, friendly, and happy to cater for allergies or to decorate your cake with an edible photo.
The large window and bright pink of the shop front draws in passers by with innovative sweets and quirky desserts. This is the place to go for cakes so technical they are science experiments and so creative they are works of art.
The list of available cakes changes a little from time to time, but most are here to stay, such as the Chocolate, Mandarin and Salted Caramel cake; that's an understated description for a dessert made with Murray River salted caramel and techniques that result in aerated shortbread. Feel free to make requests of the staff, or to "pimp up" your order with personalised plaques and cake stands.
It's not cheap, from $49 for a 18cm round cake up to $225 for some 30cm square cakes, but they are smooth and soft in all the right places, look magnificent, and have a drive-though pick-up and home delivery options.
A business producing cakes and sweet treats baked fresh and with love for any occasion, POPS! By Eve will custom-make orders to almost anything you ask, given due notice.
What they are known for are cake pops. These are balls of chocolate, vanilla or lemon cake coated in buttercream or ganache and chocolate on a lollypop stick. They are perfect for large parties, as no one needs to wait for cakes to be cut and there are no plates to clean afterwards. Cake pops can be presented beautifully on a fake cake, so you can still blow out candles.
They are Melbourne-based, but can ship orders interstate.
All of these businesses will cater to allergies, and their cakes aren't just limited to birthdays, but any celebration. So forget Brunetti Cakes - they are pretty but dry, overrated, and nowhere near as tasty. Melbourne has grown since 1985, and with it so has our choice of cakes.
You know you can actually write a good article about any given business by just concentrating on what they offer - i.e/ without dissing their competitors. You don't build someone up by knocking someone else down. The snarky comments about Brunetti's in this article are completely unnecessary and just nasty.