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The best cakes in Melbourne

These cake shops and patisseries serve up the city's finest birthday cakes, party cakes and more

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Rushani Epa
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There's cake, and then there is cake. If you're in need of a delicious and highly decorative dessert then you've come to the right place. These are our favourite party cakes in Melbourne, with everything from the traditional layer cakes to OTT tiers of sponge and buttercream. Get them delivered to your doorstep, or pick them up in-store.

More of a pastry person? Check out the best patisseries in Melbourne. We wouldn't mind a few glazed goodies from the city's best doughnut shops either. We're not picky.

The best takeaway and delivery cakes in Melbourne

Pick up from Thornbury or Brunswick.

Having started in Castlemaine, Icecream Social has since made waves in the northern suburbs of Brunswick and Thornbury. Owner Helen Addison-Smith (who you might know from Loafer Bread in North Fitzroy or Each Peach in Brunswick East) does ice cream, and she does it well. She has since added a repertoire of pies (both sweet and savoury) to her portfolio – all of which should be tried. But it's the cake-curious that are reading this, and cakes you too shall have. Pre-order whole cakes or get them to go by the slice, the only catch is you need to pick it up from either the Brunswick or Thornbury store. Tricolour ice cream cakes sit atop brownie bases, or personalised cakes complete with icing borders (à la Costco) are made to order with raspberry red velvet or vegan hummingbird innards. Whatever you fancy, you can order it here

Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio
  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • South Yarra
  • price 1 of 4

Available for delivery.

What once was a boutique Chapel Street store studded with multi-coloured flavoured meringues, garden beds of chocolate flowers, and rows of cakes is now a completely virtual concept. Acclaimed pastry chef Darren Purchese's store is known throughout Melbourne and now his cakes are available to have delivered to your doorstep. Each decadent cake is minimal in design and prices start at $25. Order something here.

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  • Restaurants
  • South Melbourne
  • price 1 of 4

Pick up from South Melbourne.

Think of shiny things. Diamonds. Kim Kardashian’s hair. Bibelot is shinier. This high-tea salon from the Chez Dre crew (housed in what was formerly Chez Dre's overspill space) is so sleek, so modern and glittery, it’s like a spaceship with cake. The cakes reflect this – polished and glamorous. Sample the likes of gateaux infused with mango, yuzu and coconut, or for those seeking a chocolate-induced food coma, look no further than the hazelnut praline crunch topped with macarons. Order here.

LuxBite
  • Restaurants
  • South Yarra

Pick up from South Yarra or delivery.

LuxBite boasts a schmancy selection of cakes and sweet treats like giant macaron towers or geometric hearts comprised of vanilla mousse, elderflower jelly, strawberry compote, vanilla sponge atop a yoghurt and almond base. There are even cakes inspired by Weis ice cream bars with mango, coconut mousse and white chocolate glazes that imitate glaciers. All cakes are available to be delivered or picked up from LuxBite's South Yarra store.

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Holy Sugar
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Holy Sugar

Pick up or delivery.

Ex-Lune chef Audrey Allard's beautiful, sugar-spiked creations can be found via her small business, Holy Sugar. She doesn't have a website, but you can get in touch with her via Instagram to order a custom-made cake or one of her cake boxes. 

Beatrix
  • Restaurants
  • North Melbourne

Pick up in North Melbourne.

Featuring an enticing array of cakes, slices, biscuits, tarts and scones, as well as ciabattas, sandwiches and coffee, Beatrix is one of North Melbourne's best eateries. Tucked in on the corner of Queensberry and Lothian Street, Beatrix is somewhat off the main North Melbourne drags, but it's likely you'll find it thanks to the line that snakes down Queensberry most weekends. Line up and pick up a slice of cake or order in advance for a full cake extravaganza. Daily menus are usually shared on Instagram or check out the website to order. 

More sweet stuff for your sweet tooth

Looking to order a meal with your cake?

  • Restaurants
  • Fitzroy
  • price 3 of 4

Melbourne, meet your new favourite snacking spot, where a seafood-centric bar menu offers breaded abalone with tonkatsu sauce sandwiched in the kind of high-GI white bread your doctor warned you about. Cutler and Co is open on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday. 

Harlow
  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Richmond

What was once Richmond's old and crumbling Great Britain Hotel is now Harlow: an old-school pub with new-school sensibilities. It'll be open as normal all long weekend, and you can swing by for Easter Sunday brunch from 11.30am to 1.30pm to enjoy a package including an Easter egg shot, two hours of bottomless drinks, a lunch item of choice and a special dessert. To book, head to the website

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Cremorne

Fargo and Co is offering two-hour bottomless brunch packages all Easter long weekend. On Good Friday and Easter Monday, the package is $79 per person, and on Saturday and Sunday, the package is $69 per person. To book, head to the website

Hawthorn Hotel
  • Bars
  • Hawthorn

Across the long weekend, visitors can enjoy Easter-themed cocktails and desserts and kids can enjoy a free kids ice cream with the purchase of any kids' meal. On Good Friday and Easter Saturday, you can enjoy live entertainment from local bands. To book, head to the website

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  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Fitzroy
  • price 2 of 4

One of the things the A-Mc does very well is create venues (Cumulus Inc and Cumulus Up spring immediately to mind) that are what you make them, and while Marion could be used as a pre-dinner pit-stop, it deserves more loving. Revert to the hip term bistronomy, if you must, which is another way of saying it has excellent food and wine values while trying really hard not to show how hard it’s trying. It's open on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday.

  • Bars
  • Hawthorn

If you're keen to kick fesitivites off a bit early, you can head to the Auburn Hotel for a pre-Easter Thursday to partake in discounts across house specials and classic cocktails. Bring your kids along on Easter Sunday to enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, kids entertainers and an Easter egg hunt. For more information, head to the website

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  • Things to do
  • Kew

Over the entire long weekend, you can book in at the garden pods for a two-hour session with a tasty grazing platter. The platter includes delicious savoury and sweet bites like deviled eggs, crumbed halloumi bites, mini pork and fennel sausage rolls, lamingtons and glazed hot cross buns with whipped cream and house jam. Bookings are essential and can be made through the website

Builders Arms Hotel
  • Bars
  • Fitzroy

As a rule your local pub probably shouldn’t be your first port of call when you crave dumplings, but if you’re in Fitzroy it’s a whole different story. Head to Builders Arms Hotel all Easter long weekend to satisfy your cravings.

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  • Things to do
  • Games and hobbies
  • Tullamarine

This all-day venue located at Urbnsurf will be serving up a range of special dishes over the Easter long weekend. Think whole prawns served with XO butter and lime and mains like slow-roasted lamb shoulder with smoked honey, salsa verde and almonds. To book in, head to the website

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Fitzroy
  • price 2 of 4

Enjoy the start of your Easter weekend at this intimate cocktail bar that is inspired by the golden era of fine drinking. The bar wlil be open from 5pm until 1am on April 15 and 16, and the expert team will be at the ready to deliver world-class drinks.   

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