This page is dedicated to some of the restaurants that I visit where their Desserts are above standard, presented beautifully and have a taste to match. This site also has different cakes and designs that I have ordered and had the pleasure of eating that I would recommend.
A Selection of Cake Treats from Little Bertha – Little Bertha sells their wonderful looking and great tasting cakes, slices, cupcakes and biscuits to a large number of cafes in and around Melbourne. Visit their website at http://www.littlebertha.com.au/stockists in order to find your nearest café that stocks Little Bertha products. Little Bertha bakes fresh daily for cafe’s, corporate catering or directly to your home, party or function. There is a huge variety to choose from, as well as Gluten-Free options. My favourites are the Raspberry & Pistachio Teacake, Mandarin & Polenta Cake, Fig & Ginger Cake, Mexican Chocolate Chilli Cookie, Louise Cake, Monte Carlo Cookie and the Little Bear-tha Gingerbreads.
Banana Butterscotch Doughboy Doughnut – Refer to the Doughboy Doughnuts website at http://www.doughboysdoughnuts.com.au/ in order to find out which cafes they will be stocked daily. Doughnuts are baked and dipped (in a variety of delicious flavours) daily. Flavours include: Nuttin Better, Pistachio, Salted Caramel, PBJ (Peanut Butter & Jelly), Earl Grey Infused with Mandarin and Raspberry, Double D, Lemon Poppy, Passionfruit, Milk Jam, Crumble, Lime Tart, Choc Nut, Lime Coconut, Maple Bacon, Peachy, Charlie Brown, Pumpkin Pecan Popcorn.
The doughnuts are soft, fresh and they literally melt in your mouth. The flavours really do pack a punch and just by looking at the variety of flavours available you know that your tastebuds are in for a treat. They are a tad bit on the pricey side – going for $4.80 to $5 per donut. They are also located at The Mercat Cross Hotel (near Victoria Market) from Thursday to Sunday – where they will dip on demand!
Salted Caramel Donuts with Rose Petals and Pistachio @ Feast of Merit. These were balls of yumness and gooeyness all rolled into one – complete with fragrance and texture – thanks to the Rose Petals and Pistachios. I loved that they were all differently shaped and the saltiness of the caramel worked well with the soft sweet centre of the donut. I only came to Feast of Merit for coffee and Dessert but definitely want to come back and check out their food!
Coconut Sago with Passionfruit and Pineapple Trifle and Apple together with the Walnut Tart with Miso Butterscotch and Japanese Whisky Ice Cream @ KONG BBQ
Look out for a review coming soon to GRAZING PANDA!
Vanilla Choux with Pistachio Cream, Mille Feuille Vanilla, Salted Caramel Eclair @ Noisette Bakery
I myself have not been to Noisette Bakery – but was lucky enough to try some of their lovely dessert treats thanks to a friend who bought me some for my birthday (Thanks L!) My favourite was the Vanilla Choux with the Pistachio Cream – it was sublime! The pasty was perfectly crunchy and sweetened and the pistachio cream was smooth and melt in your mouth. My other favourite was the Salted Caramel Eclair – the mix of the Chocolate and the Salty Caramel inside was delicious! Can’t wait to visit Noisette myself and try out some of their other petite treats!
An interesting take on the usual Kulfi dessert – this is the Housemade All Natural Cardamom, Honey & Pistachio Kulfi @ Babu Ji. Kulfi is described as a traditional subcontinent Indian Ice-Cream and comes in a variety of flavours with the most popular flavours being Pistachio, Mango, Rose, Cardamom and Saffron. Kulfi is quite dense compared to Western Ice-Creams and hence takes longer to melt. I have never had it served to me in this shape or form. The difference in the way you eat it somewhat makes the product tastier. Check it out.
There are a variety of cakes and sweet treats to try out at Vanilla – located in Oakleigh. I tried the Chocolate Hazelnut Pastes and it was divine! It resembled a Ferrero Rocher – complete with the chocolate, nutty crumb at the base and filled with hazelnut cream in the middle. The other two desserts I got to sample as well – and they too were delicious – but hands down the Hazelnut Pastes was the best. You can also find many Greek desserts here. They have a great selection of drinks as well – their Strawberry and Cream tea is delicious!
Broken Ice Cream Sandwich @Northern Light
Refer to my blog post at http://thegrazingpanda.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/northern-lights-bar-eatery-fusion-food-with-fanciful-lights/ for more information
This is seriously one fantastic dessert!! For starters just look at the presentation!! The corn is not actually corn but a cross between a custard and ice cream mix with beautiful flavours. The crispy curls are polenta chips. The whole dish as a whole was delicious and each element added another layer to the flavouring and texture. Check it out at Bar Nacional.
Tiramasu @Non Solo Pasta (NSP)
There aren’t many places that serve Tiramasu sans alcohol, so when I discovered that NSP did a Tiramasu in this exact way – I had to try it out. The Tiramasu was coffee filled and had a great vibrant taste, the mascarpone had just the right amount of sweetness, and together with the tanginess of the strawberry was the perfect combo. Overall it was a great tasting Tiramasu – if you are a fan of this dish check them out! NSP also does brilliant, freshly in house made pasta’s that are authentically Italian. The staff are friendly, welcoming and very helpful!
VALRHONA CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ,
Malt Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce, Hazelnut Praline @ Grossi Florentino Upstairs
How could you not try out a Chocolate Souffle – at Guy Grossi’s place especially. A great tasting souffle with a delicious and rich gooey centre. The Malt Ice Cream really complimented the souffle and helped with richness of the chocolate.
TONKA BEAN PANNACOTTA,
Peach and Elderflower Confit, Marshmallow
Amaretto Cream, Raspberry Sorbet @ Grossi Florentino Upstairs
For followers of my blog you all know I love my Pannacotta – and this one from Guy Grossi’s Grossi Florentino Upstairs was really tantalizing. The surprise of the Marshmallow whilst eating the pannacotta was a brilliant addition. The sorbet was made to perfection and the tanginess offset the sweetness of the whole dish. The two components really did work well together.
Coconut Rice Pudding, Mango, Macadamia Praline, Coconut Ice-Cream
@ Henry and the Fox
Check out the awesome cakes from my friends business – Ent’icing Designs (https://www.facebook.com/EnticingDesigns). You can get a quote online via the FB page. As you can see from the montage of pics – you can design whatever cake you want and they look amazing! There are also a selection of flavors of cakes to choose from and trust me they are as delicious as they look!
The Manolo Blahnik shoe cake was made for my Birthday in a White Chocolate cake and the shoe was soo realistic and looked like the real thing – love the attention to detail! Defintely check out the FB page for even more pictures of the many other cakes that have been made, as well as a closer look at the cakes above.
These are another set of cakes made from a friend – Linh (if you want to get in touch with her please email me and I will get you in contact with her). I ordered the Jordan Sneaker Cake and it came with Rich Moist Chocolate Cake. I was very impressed with how the cake turned out and the cake itself was soo sooo tasty! Even after a few days (there was so much cake left over!) – the cake was still moist and yum! There are many other flavours to choose from as well.
Choc fudge brownie with pistachio ice cream, Traditional vanilla bean crème brulee with Irish shortbread, Italian blood orange tartlette with torched meringue peaks, Warm banana pudding with caramel sauce and double cream, Chocolate mousse tower with honey comb ice cream
MINI PEAR TART TARTIN with butter caramel sauce, whipped crème fraiche, rhubarb and FEIJOA CHEESE CAKE & HONEY CHOCOLATE MOUSSE with Pistachio and honey comb @ The Grain Store
Peach Melba’ish Pancakes – Caramelized Peach and Strawberry Pancakes, Macerated Peaches, Strawberry, Mint, Almond Praline, Vanilla Mascapone and Canadian Maple Syrup @ Lolo and Wren