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Acland Cake Shop, tart, strawberries, fruit, cherries
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Acland Street Cake Crawl

Want cake? Acland Street has more confectionery than you can poke a stick at

By Time Out editors
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Don’t talk to us about being a cake addict until you’ve eaten your way down Acland Street and fallen in a jittering heap outside Luna Park. The cake shops lining the strip have been making Melbourne a sweeter place since 1934, and are still pumping out Eastern European classics thick and fast. Here are the essentials to put on your sugar-hit list.

Plain cheesecake at Europa Cake Shop

Restaurants St Kilda

Forget the sugar coated cakes in the window - the baked cheesecake is where it's at. Crisp shortbread base and a cottage cheese filling, this baby is firm, silky smooth, and on the savoury end of the sweetness spectrum - right where we like it.

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Kugelhaupf at Monarch

Restaurants St Kilda

Monarch has been pushing sugar on Acland since 1934 and the recipes haven't changed since day one. Try the chocolate, savoury-sweet Kugelhoupf. It's a yeast-based cake (cake taste, bread texture) with thick swirls of melted chocolate throughout.

Acland Cake Shop, tart, strawberries, fruit, cherries
Photograph: Graham Denholm

The Fruit Boat at Acland Cake Shop

Restaurants St Kilda

Watch the staff bicker over 52-year-old grievances while you smash a custard tart. The canoe-shaped shortbread has a fine crumbly texture and gets a lick of chocolate before being filled with custard and topped with fruits and a glaze. It ticks all the creamy, sweet and tart boxes.

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More sweet treats in Melbourne

A shot of high tea plates with various foods at The Langham
Photograph: The Langham

The best high teas in Melbourne

Restaurants Tea rooms

Can we tempt you with a mini-cupcake while you decide from a list of 20 different varieties of tea? One of the best things about taking high tea is the undeniable feeling of old-world luxury – not to mention justifying a meal of comprised mainly of cakes. 

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