Prices: From $95
Malvern locals have been keeping quiet about Millstone, a café best known for its French patisserie-style cakes and pastries, all made in-house. But what most people don’t realise is the bakers at Millstone also take orders for special occasion cakes. This cake mountain is the Lamington Cake, although it looks nothing like the classic Aussie treat. The towering stack is made of four layers of vanilla butter cake, separated by chocolate buttercream and strawberry jam, and topped with peaks of torched Italian meringue, a drizzle of melted felchlin chocolate, fresh strawberries and raspberries, edible flowers, shredded coconut and gold leaf. Depending on how much you like sugar, you might want to go light on the Italian meringue when you’re slicing this up, but the fresh berries help cut through the sweetness. This cake is definitely on the OTT side, but it sure makes an impressive centrepiece.