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Best of Canberra – Cakes

By 26 August 2014 18

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The Best of Canberra series has been good to me so far. I’ve sampled great curry, fabulous steak, superior burgers and surprising laksa. This week I’m showing one of my own cooking weaknesses… baking! Given that my mum’s birthday is coming up, I want to know about Canberra’s Best Cakes.

If you were tasked to ‘bring a cake’ and didn’t really fancy cooking it yourself, where would you go?

I will be judging both on looks and taste for this one.

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18 Responses to Best of Canberra – Cakes
#1
Holden Caulfield10:39 am, 26 Aug 14

If anybody nominates the Cheesecake Shop please terminate their account immediately!

Normally I wouldn’t take this approach to a question like this, but cakes are one thing where I think homemade really is best.

#2
XO_VSOP10:43 am, 26 Aug 14

The Flute Bakery Fyshwick hands down, if i could post pics i would looks and taste good, unlike some!

#3
Madam Cholet12:05 pm, 26 Aug 14

Holden Caulfield said :

If anybody nominates the Cheesecake Shop please terminate their account immediately!

Normally I wouldn’t take this approach to a question like this, but cakes are one thing where I think homemade really is best.

Seconded.

Coming from another country the realisation that the country you are making has a whole chain of shops dedicated to selling cheesecakes is rather a strange one. I think in Sydney there was also a chain called Pavlova Pantry. I believe that I have only ever purchased one cheesecake from a Cheesecake Shop in my entire twenty years in this (lovely) country. Similar experience when you realise that there are drive through bottle shops…

Personally I don’t buy or eat cakes, (just don’t like them unfortunately), but if I was going to I would not go to a franchisey type place. Some of the stuff out of the bakery at Fyshwick markets is nice although limited to citrus tarts/pecan pies. There’s also Bean & Grain at Fyshwick which has very nice looking things. Flute as well.

#4
Mess12:19 pm, 26 Aug 14

Flute for sure. Their layered mousse cake is awesome!

#5
MBird1:15 pm, 26 Aug 14

Another vote for Flute. Their opening hours are limited and last time I was there they didn’t have EFTPOS, but the cakes are divine and well priced.

Crafted is a business owned by a local person who does amazing custom-made cakes at good prices. We’ve had delicious gluten free birthday cakes from them before and can highly recommend the customer service and beautiful decorating.

#6
Kalliste1:31 pm, 26 Aug 14

XO_VSOP said :

The Flute Bakery Fyshwick hands down, if i could post pics i would looks and taste good, unlike some!

http://www.theflutebakery.com.au/

I’ve never been so can’t comment on the quality, the thing that stands out to me most on their website is their opening hours.. 8 – 3 weekdays seems quite limiting for most people, they also don’t have eftpos.

#7
Postalgeek2:10 pm, 26 Aug 14

Flute is very good, but finding a place to park there is less inspiring.

#8
shirty_bear3:03 pm, 26 Aug 14

Holden Caulfield said :

If anybody nominates the Cheesecake Shop please terminate their account immediately!

Appreciate the sentiment, but it would be far better directed towards Michel’s … just awful. Cheesecake shop are merely consistently mediocre.

No mention of Walmart CostCo … good quality (yes, likely short of Flute standard), and ideal if you’re feeding an army.

#9
shirty_bear3:53 pm, 26 Aug 14

hey … what happened to the strikethroughs on Walmart? They were there in the msg preview … won’t be trying that malarkey again :-|
(See, SWMBO & I refer to CostCo as “Walmart” coz of the “people of Walmart” thing. Yes, thigh-slappingly hilarious, I know.)

#10
Kim F5:55 pm, 26 Aug 14

Silo’s tarts are brilliant ( and no mayo)

#11
astrojax9:03 pm, 26 Aug 14

dream cuisine

#12
karmatraveller9:59 pm, 26 Aug 14

Flute.

#13
Madam Cholet8:15 am, 27 Aug 14

astrojax said :

dream cuisine

I once purchased 150 macaroons from Dream Cuisine and whilst said macaroons were nice, if not a tad expensive, the co owner I felt was quite rude. I wouldn’t bother with them again.

#14
theword8:19 am, 27 Aug 14

+1 Flute.

#15
Mothy10:00 am, 27 Aug 14

Flute, or Riccardo’s in Jamison.

http://ricardoscafe.com/

Postalgeek said :

Flute is very good, but finding a place to park there is less inspiring.

Park at Toyworld. Cake and Trinkets = Win Win.

#16
potatogem2:37 pm, 27 Aug 14

Also new Pet Shop and The Good Guys have a massive amount of free parking just across the road.

Cakes are great, coffee is good. I work in the same street and have never had a complaint about this place over the years.

#17
watto239:02 pm, 27 Aug 14

As a middle aged male, even I have the ability to make a good cheesecake. Both baked and refrigerated varieties! White choc and raspberry goes well. Less so on coconut cheesecake, but might tickle someones tastebuds.

As for made stuff, Flute is rather good. Still nothing on my now late great aunties wedding fruit cakes!

#18
J_S9:05 am, 28 Aug 14

If you extend the category of cakes to include tarts/pies you just cannot beat SILO in Kingston. They are AMAZING!

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