Pat a cake bakery peach and passionfruit sponge roll
I’ve been a fan of Pat-a-Cake bakery for years. They have some of the best baked goods that are obtainable without making a trip to the countryside. I was a little disappointed at this visit’s sponge roll – the cream was a little overwhipped. However, it’s usually a massive, soft sponge roll, filled with cream, and a few different flavours (I bought peach and passionfruit – it’s a fantastic flavour combination!)
This sponge roll is nothing like those hideous jammy, crunchy, slimy outsided monstrosities that you buy from the supermarket. The sponge is proper sponge, with proper fillings, and it’s only $7.95. This thing is huge, by the way! Another favourite are the bar cakes – especially carrot.
If you’re looking for individual meals, their pasties are great, as are the berliners, fruit flans and other desserts. I have always been a fan of cheese and vegetable pasties. The only downside here is that they baked the cheese to the outside. I prefer that my cheese a gooey mess in the middle.
If you’re around the area, drive down Duthy Street in Malvern and check these guys out!
Steven Ter Horst
When only the best will do, it’s worth looking into a dessert café which specialises in chocolate. Located on Unley Road, Malvern, is a small chocolatier specialising in making Belgian chocolates*. Steven Ter Horst also have a small stock of decadent cakes and goodies which are well worth a taste. Their prices are reasonable, however the serve usually only includes the cake, so no accompaniments. The cake pictured above was one of two desserts shared between two. Due to the richness of this dessert, it is best shared.
Steven Ter Horst
This was my choice, a slightly less exciting dessert. It had a crunchy base which I can only describe as chocolate crackle. The mousse part was extremely delicate, light and fluffy. It lacked a richness of flavour which distinguished it in any way. Sadly at the later hour, there were few desserts available to choose from.
I would like to return at a time when more desserts are available, as I’ve heard that their salted caramel tarts are divine, and I have a weakness for that flavour! I also want to try the Lemon Lust, lemon being another favourite flavour. Their drinks were also nice, though I’d recommend going for something other than a hot or iced chocolate if you are also having a chocolate dessert. Definitely worth a visit – just make sure you don’t settle.
*Just as an aside – does anyone else feel a little amazed when people talk about Belgium chocolate? It’s Belgian chocolate, from Belgium. Belgium is the place.
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