Forget Zumbo (not that he’s bothered with a Brisbane store anyway), these French pastry chefs know a thing-a-two about creating exquisite, artistic sweet treats, including the macaroon.by
I have had an obsession with cupcakes long before they became fashionable. Leading up to our wedding I did a considerable amount of cake research (it was tough but someone had to do it) and Poppy Cakes came out on top. Their tagline is “New York-style cupcakes” and having tasted quite a few of the famous cakes at Magnolia Bakery in NYC I can concur that Poppy Cakes are in fact up to the mark.
With flavours ranging from classic vanilla, red velvet, and chocolate through to seasonal pumpkin and maple and salted caramel, the flavours and textures are consistently delish! My personal favourite is the chocolate passionfruit – yum! For my GF friends they also do some low gluten options (GF ingredients but baked in the same kitchen). Poppy Cakes also sells cookies and whole cakes as well as coffee, hot chocolate and boutique soda pop. There are a few tables for eat in although I generally take cakes home to devour in private!
There are plenty of other cupcakes around Brisbane – what makes these ones special is the fact that the cakes are always soft and spongy, the icing always delicious and layered on in just the right amount. They don’t feel the need to “fancy” up the cakes – the taste speaks for itself.
Poppy Cakes is located in the Emporium in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, which means there is heaps of on site parking and plenty of options if you feel you must eat something savoury prior to devouring cake (really – it is not required)!
View: www.poppycakes.com.au; Visit: 36 Baxter street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Call: 3257 4844 Open: 8am-2pm Tues-Sat; Wallet: Average