If you’re a sugar fiend, you’ll be more than familiar with the devilish allure of a chocolate brownie calling your name as you walk innocently past its shop window. Or the irresistible smell of freshly baked croissants wafting from your corner bakery. And who can resist a fluffy vanilla cupcake with lashings of smooth cream cheese frosting? Hell, don’t fight it. Embrace it!
Prepare yourself for a sugar rush, here’s our guide to some of Sydney’s best sweet treats.
Croissants aux amande (almond croissant) @ La Banette Pâtisserie
Absolute croissant bliss with flaky golden brown pastry filled with the perfect amount of sweet crème d’amandes filling and crunchy crust, sprinkled with a generous spray of flaked almonds.
La Banette Pâtisserie, 8 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Vanilla slice @ Revolver
Heavenly light flaky pastry with the creamiest sweet (but not too sweet) – vanilla custard.
Revolver, 291 Annandale Street, Annandale
Chocolate brownie @ Luxe Espresso and Bakery & Sweet Infinity
Equal first in decadent chocolate goodness, the chocolate brownie from Luxe Bakery and Sweet Infinity will knock your socks off. Crunchy top and a chewy inside is what you’ll find at Luxe, while Sweet Infinity is all about dark dense goodness.
Luxe Espresso & Bakery, 195 Missenden Road, Newtown
Sweet Infinity, The Strand Arcade, Sydney
Mini orange cake @ Black Star Bakery
Too pretty to eat (almost), this delicate mini orange cake is beautifully moist adorned with Persian fig, quince and scattered edible petals.
Black Star Bakery, 277 Australia Street, Newtown
Strawberry & vanilla brulée tart @ Bourke Street Bakery
Take a crème brulée and add pastry. Divine.
Bourke Street Bakery, 663 Bourke Street, Surry Hills; 474 Gardeners Road, Alexandria; 23 Mitchell Street, Marrickville, 4a Macleay Street, Potts Point
Torta di ricotta (ricotta cheesecake) @ Favoloso & Pasticceria Papa
We all know Pasticceria Pappa is King when it comes to ricotta cheesecake, but Bronte’s Favoloso has thrown down the gauntlet with its version (and what’s more, they’re opposite Iggy’s Bread so you can kill two birds with one stone).
Favoloso, 3-45 Belgrave Street, Bronte
Pasticceria Papa, 145 Ramsay Street, Haberfield
Cupcakes @ My Little Cupcake & Ghermez
Oh, hello pretty. Head to My Little Cupcake for heavenly light and fluffy classics like vanilla with cream cheese frosting, or Ghermez for more adventurous flavours like dark chocolate with rose flavoured chocolate filling and chocolate ganach.
My Little Cupcake, 62 Ben Boyd Road, Neutral Bay
Ghermez, 329 George Street, Sydney; Level 5, Westfield Bondi Junction; 112 McEvoy Street, Alexandria; Lower Ground Level, Chatswood Chase
Cannoli @ Cucciolo Pasticceria
No complaints from Nonna here! Traditional Sicilian cannoli with perfectly crisped shells and smooth ricotta filling. Delizioso!
The Little Laneway, Shop 4, 190 Military Road, Neutral Bay
Darlo Bar @ Gelato Messina Lab
Like a Monaco Bar, only better. Think peanut butter gelato with hits of honeycomb and white chocolate slammed between a chocolatey mousse biscuit with a hint of ginger and Manuka honey.
Gelato Messina Lab, 241 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Pasteis de nata (Portuguese tart) @ Pastelaria Caravela & Sweet Belem
You haven’t had a Portuguese tart until you’ve tasted the custardy goodness of Pastelaria Caravela and Sweet Belem’s tarts. Crisp feathery pastry filled with traditional cinnamon egg custard and blistered tops.
Pastelaria Caravela, 60 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction
Sweet Belem, 35 New Canterbury Road, Petersham
Inspired to do something creative and fun for charity?
The Cupcake Challenge is a major fundraising event for children’s charity KidsXpress. Under the expert guidance of Sweet Charity tutors, teams of ten will battle it out to decorate as many cupcakes as possible – MasterChef style.
Teams pay an entrance fee to participate and use it as an opportunity for team building, end of financial year parties, or simply a fun part of their community service. Please contact Margo Ward to book a table! T: 9380 9220.