Words || Phillip Leason
I’m unhappy because I’ve eaten badly and I’m going to eat badly because I’m unhappy about having eaten badly. We’ve all broken our resolutions to eat better in 2016 and are now comforting eating through the shame of falling off the healthy-lifestyle bandwagon. Maybe that’s just me. Either way, here are a few confectionary cafes you can count on for your next guilty fix. If you’re going to do something wrong, do it right.
The Sweet Spot – 2 Allen St, Waterloo
Mon 7am – 6pm, Tues – Fri 7am – 10pm, Sat & Sun 8:30am – 10pm
The red brick interior and rustic furniture here nicely matches the vintage industrial vibes of the Alexandria area, and the array of ‘sometimes foods’ they offer is overwhelming. You can chose from single serves of classics like lemon meringue, or more exotic items for those amongst us who don’t have anxieties about ordering food with a lengthy foreign language name. The coffee is great too, but the atmosphere gets a little fractured by the traffic on Botany Road.
The Cupcake Bakery – 320 George St, CBD
Mon- Fri 7.30am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 11am – 5pm
Buying into a franchise might feel a little #conformist, but nobody will judge you for a visit here because the window looks so darn irresistible. There’s an overwhelming selection of flavours so don’t overthink it, go with you gut and you won’t be disappointed. The icing is a little sugary, but the sponge on these cupcakes is superbly moist. Yes, superbly moist. It’s relatively well priced too but be warned, close to half of your cupcake will stick to the paper and you’ll have to suck it off like a weirdo to get your money’s worth.
Faith Chocolate Company – 25 Portsmouth Rd, Erina
Tues – Sun 9am – 5pm, Mon – Closed
A quaint mud brick building in the fragrant bushland just behind the Erina Fair mall, it’s worth a visit just for the atmosphere. Their cakes are all made with natural sweeteners like coconut nectar instead of processed sugars and with nuts instead of dairy fats, so it’s food-fad friendly, protein-packed and guilt free. If that doesn’t do it for you or you’re on a budget you can just go to town on samples of their extensive range of intriguing and absurdly delicious organic chocolate. It’s all house made and the quirky chocolatier is great for a chat. To make things better Faith Chocolate adjoins a botanicals distillery, so you can go and get buzzed on boutique spirit samples when you’re done. Booyakasha!