There’s cakes, then there’s Katherine Sabbath’s cakes. Unicorn cheesecakes, hamburger cupcakes, caramel peanut butter layer cakes. She does it all. And she does it in style. This Inner Westie is the queen of seriously sweet treats.
Four years ago she started teaching high school in Western Sydney. Weekends were filled with cakes, cookies and chocolate.
In January 2013 she joined Instagram. Suddenly her cool, quirky cakes were getting noticed. Today she has 95,000 Instagram followers, more cake orders than she can keep up with and has dropped down to part time teaching.
These days you’ll find her creating custom cakes for VIPs, teaching masterclasses in restaurant kitchens and hosting dessert degustations at the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney.
Young, cool, and crazy talented, Katherine is part of a new breed of Inner West creatives living the dream.
So where does Sydney’s newest dessert queen go to eat in Newtown and Enmore? Here are her favourite spots:
BURGERS: Mary’s Burgers
If you want something that’s very decadent, greasy and delicious, definitely go here! Mary’s makes the freshest fast food I’ve ever eaten and they are masters of their trade. I’ve honestly never had a more delicious burger and the death-metal inspired interior of Mary’s in Newtown makes my heart sing. My trembling loins can’t afford to go too often but it’s a cool spot to tuck into a big juicy burger every once in a while.
6 Mary Street, Newtown
JAPANESE: Sushi Train in Newtown or Wagaya Tapas in Newtown
I am a big fan of Japanese food, especially sushi trains and Sushi Train in Newtown makes deliciously fresh and flavoursome sushi. I like to know what I’m getting before I eat it. I don’t want to have meal jealousy when a friend’s food comes out. I also like the fun of having variety and not filling up on just one flavour. For a fancier sushi experience, I love Wagaya Tapas in Newtown! It’s probably my favourite Japanese restaurant in the area.
316 King St, Newtown
1/239 King Street, Newtown
GELATO: N2 Extreme Gelato and Cow & the Moon
I’m going through a bit of an ice cream phase at the moment. I love how smooth N2 Extreme Gelato is – not too long ago I tried the salt and pepper calamari flavour. Sounds weird, but it tasted unreal–it’s pretty experimental but the flavours worked because the calamari was dried and candied. I’m also a fan of Cow & the Moon’s pistachio gelato. It’s really thick and rich because they use a lot of Jersey cow milk, which is great because it doesn’t melt as fast as cheaper varieties of gelato. You can savour it instead of just slopping it down.
N2 Extreme Gelato
184 King St, Newtown
Cow & the Moon
181 Enmore Road, Enmore
One of my favourite dessert spots is Hartsyard in Enmore. You need to have a group of friends with you –you don’t want to have just one dish. They’ve got so many good ones. And you need room for dessert. There’s always a pie of the week and a new soft serve. The pastry chef Andry Bowden is amazing. He’s always coming up with cool flavours and is an absolute dessert master – I just love his stuff.
33 Enmore Road, Newtown
EVERYDAY: West Juliett Cafe in Marrickville
My absolute favourite haunt for breakfast, lunch and/or bunch! Their meals are made with the freshest produce and they pay such careful attention to flavours and good quality ingredients throughout their entire menu. The coffee is also superb! They are family owned and their staff are always warm and welcoming. Every time I come here, it brightens up my day!
West Juliett Cafe
30 Llewellyn Street, Marrickville
If you haven’t already, you NEED to follow Katherine on Instagram. Immediately.