Is there anything more joy-giving, more life-affirming than cake? Cake signifies celebration, gathering and indulgence, and we’ll take any excuse to have another slice, whether it’s at a wedding or because it’s simply Wednesday. Next time you’re in the market for anything from a three-tiered work of art to a simple tiramisu for tea, hit up one of these next-level cake shops that’ll make all your frosted dreams come true.
The playful, sugary creations from Miss Trixie Drinks Tea make everyday life a celebration. From homemade goodies to special occasion cakes, Alice Bennett, the 'ka-ween' of whimsy, whips up delicious treats frosted with fun. For a pure sugar hit, with a dollop of humour, these colourful creations will ‘cake’ your day
On any given weekend you’ll find a small crowd gathered outside this tiny bakery patiently awaiting their fix of Beatrix’s sweet treats. Selections change each day, but the signatures always return, from their lush chocolate sour cream layer cake with chocolate cheesecake buttercream to their fluffy coconut blueberry shagg and brown butter banana lamingtons. They don’t fuss around with fancy garnishes or glossy fondant; instead, they go for a rustic country vibe that’s won legions of loyal fans. The fact that they have some of the friendliest staff in Melbourne is just the icing on the cake.
688 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
The rainbow-coloured confections at Mr Nice Guys Bakeshop are completely vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, wheat-free and corn-free, but don't be fooled into thinking they're lacking in the flavour department. Quite the opposite, in fact. Show-stopping layered and tiered cakes in boisterously decadent flavours like popcorn mudslide, peanut butter pretzel and s’mores have taken many a celebration to the next level. Their adorably frosted cupcakes offer a spot of joy any day of the week.
151 Union Road, Ascot Vale
Tidbit’s cakes are entirely vegan, not that you’d know with all those lush plant-based creams and ganache. Their menu is divided into simple, ‘everyday cakes’ including carrot cake, lumberjack cake and baked cheesecake, plus more elaborate tall cakes that call for a celebration. Custom creations are tailored to suit any theme or occasion, but their ready-made flavours can do no wrong. Options include the choctella covered in Nutella frosting and gold hazelnuts, or their elderflower and lemon number finished with fresh raspberries, meringues and edible glitter.
255 Mary Street, Richmond
Bibelot’s opulent cakes glisten invitingly from shiny glass displays, rows upon rows of pastel-hued petit gateaux in delicate flavours like lychee jasmine and hojicha plum. Almost too pretty to eat, they showcase the best of French patisserie via fine layers of dacquoise, praline, mousse, sable breton and compote, artfully garnished with everything from chocolate shards to whole macarons.
285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
These baking wizards make every element in their cakes from scratch using local produce, from the cake batter and buttercream down to their jams and fruit essences. They’re known for their gorgeous custom creations that have graced many an engagement, wedding or birthday. Their specialties include both picture-perfect buttercream iced cakes as well as trendy ‘naked’ cakes adorned with flower arrangements. But you don’t need a big celebration for an excuse to try their wares. At their quaint little retail shop and café, you can stop by for coffee, cupcakes and ready to go cakes from Wednesday to Saturday.
1/262 Glen Eira Road, Elsternwick
Combining French techniques with Asian influences, LuxBite creates cakes that are a wonderland of texture and flavour. Where else would you find an opera-style matcha cheesecake infused with Japanese rice wine, layered with pistachio ganache and topped with whole macarons? This fun-loving bakery sees creations inspired by everything from Weis Bars and classic milkshake flavours to their famous seven-layer lolly bag cake; which incorporates the nostalgic flavours of banana lollies, jaffas, musk sticks, spearmint leaves and freckles under a redskin glaze.
38 Toorak Road, South Yarra
This cheerful suburban bakery-café showcases the talent of chef and owner Alice Wright, who gave up a career in accounting to train at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. A move you’ll surely think wise upon seeing (and tasting) her beautiful products. Simple, rustic options like passionfruit sponge, fine apple tart and flourless orange sit next to elaborate layer cakes decorated with drip icing, torched meringue and edible flowers. It's no wonder why this has made our list of the best cake shops in Melbourne.
10A Claremont Avenue, Malvern
The proof is definitely in the pudding at this boutique cake purveyor that’s here to make all your buttercream-frosted dreams come true. At their warehouse-style shop and café in Richmond, you can take a peek at creations à la salted dulce de leche cake, passionfruit white choc cheesecake and inspired items like their vovolicious sponge and cherry ripe brownie cake. They’ve got a couple of vegan and gluten-free options as well, and host high teas that’ll leave you buzzing with sugar.
185 Bridge Road, Richmond
Tapping into our nostalgia is Cremorne Street Bakers, who put a modern spin on time-worn favourites in cakes like Anzac caramel slice, chocolate whisky cake and sour cherry pie. For something more novel, they also sell house creations like vegan apple chai cake with maple frosting and bourbon dark choc cake with a toffee centre. They supply many of Melbourne’s favourite cafés, but now with their own storefront, you can drop by for a matcha latte and peruse their whole collection before leaving with a slice or three of the good stuff.
135 Cremorne Street, Cremorne
The cakes at this St Kilda institution are steeped with history – many have been made using the same recipe for the last 80 years. Here you’ll find traditional Eastern European sweets that people cross town for. We’re talking creamy Polish baked cheesecakes made with Gippsland cottage cheese to their chocolate swirled kugelhopf. With many of their cakes are sold by weight not slice, measured on a vintage scale, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
103 Acland Street, St Kilda