Acland Street Cake Crawl

Want cake? Acland Street has more confectionery than you can poke a stick at
Acland Cake Shop, tart, strawberries, fruit, cherries
Photograph: Graham Denholm
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.

Restaurants

Plain cheesecake at Europa Cake Shop

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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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Vanilla Slice at Le Bon Continental Cake Shop

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After 38 years, Peter Siapantas knows how to make a good vanilla slice. Flaky thin sheets of buttery puff pastry sandwich a thick smack of vanilla infused creme patissiere (egg custard with cornflour). Ace.

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Kugelhaupf at Monarch

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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
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The Fruit Boat at Acland Cake Shop

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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
Restaurants, Tea rooms

The best high teas in Melbourne

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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