If you're a mum, you'll know that the world has gone party mad and that the stakes are especially high, when it comes to kids' birthday cakes. And then there's your parents' silver anniversary celebration, your best friend's wedding and your hubbie's 40th coming up. If the cake's not right, you may as well go home (unless you are already there).
Helpful as we are at Sydney Mum's Group, we've done the market research for you and found five popular specialty cake bakers in Sydney. They all make cakes, sweets and/or pastries to order, so give them a call and see if they can help you become the envy of your party-going circle.
One of the best things about living in a city as culturally diverse as Sydney, is that we are exposed the best of sweet and savoury cuisines from around the world. Lebanese cakes are incredibly popular and if you want to know which cake shop is worth visiting, go where Lebanese families go, travelling from well out of area to get their pastries and gifts for special occasions.
Abla's (family-owned business) in Granville, has been creating world class Lebanese sweets in Australia, for over 30 years. The majority of products are made on the premises and the range of over 200 goodies includes traditional sweets, hand-decorated chocolates, cakes, biscuits, freshly-made gelato, imported sugar-coated almonds, nougat and more.
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Like all mums, I've seen some pretty awesome 'animated character' cakes, in my time on the kids' party circuit. One of the most popular suppliers on the Northern Beaches is Bakehouse 698 bakery and coffee shop, at Brookie. Known for its novelty and wedding Cakes, its Facebook page is filled with complimentary customer reviews, for its crowd-pleasing designs, matched with cakes that deliver on taste.
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I love a good independent cake maker who comes highly recommended by local mums. Christine Tan is one such whiz whose custom-made cake designs will blow your mind. Her Cake Haven Facebook page is filled with ideas to inspire your child's next birthday party, or that really 'out-there' cake you need for a special celebration. Ever thought of having a Christmas ham cake for the festive season?
Christine makes specialty cakes to your requirements, in fondant, chocolate mousse, red velvet, a variety of sponges, and cupcakes (the flavour of the moment in baking circles).
Check out Cake Haven on Facebook for these designs & more
Contacting Cake Haven: Based in West Ryde
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The most lusciously iced cake I have ever tasted was for a 60th birthday party and it came from gastronomically delightful Mezzapica Cakes on Norton St (pictured bottom left in the montage below). The Italians know how to do pastries and cakes and its no wonder this shop is an inner-west institution.
You know a cake shop has made it when it adds to its retail arm with a full-on cake studio that hosts cake decorating workshops for budding pastry chefs. With a trio of talented decorators, Mezzapica Cake Studio (located at 133 Norton St), is aiming to become THE go to place for special celebration cakes.
Mezzapica caters elegant (and incredible-tasting) designs for weddings, birthdays & all other occasions.
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Talk about the little cake shop that could. Established in 1996, Pastry Perfection was originally based in Ryde but moved to a premises in Carlingford that has been extensively renovated to accommodate the growth of the business. Apart from the huge selection offered in-store at Mobbs Lane, Phillip Craig and Tim Jones also deliver specialty cakes for office functions, all over the city.
Pastry Perfection offers an extensive range of cakes for all occasions, desserts, tartlets, biscuits, petit fours, ice-creams and sorbets. Talk about a one-stop pastry shop.
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