Ribbons and Bows Cake – Review + Giveaway *Winner Announced*

OMG! There’s only 18 days until Christmas…Are you ready for Christmas? I am hyperventilating…I’m not sure if I’ll get everything done for our first ever Christmas in Melbourne :) Usually I spend it in Hong Kong with my family… but this year, Mr Bao and I are spending it here and also hosting out first ever Xmas party eek!

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I am totally stressing out, never made Christmas puddings, cakes or fruit mince tarts, that’s why when Ribbons and Bows asked if I would like to try some of their cakes and Christmas baked good. I immediately said ‘Yes Please’ :)

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Ribbons and Bows Cakes is a local cake store that have been in the industry for nearly 15 years, however, they generally do wholesale and some of their clients include Qantas and David Jones ~ Recently, they have opened up an online retail store where customers can order and have their cakes delivered to them. YAY! Perfect for lazy and time-poor people like me :P

Ribbon and Bows

They were very generous and gave me two boxes to sample, one box was filled with their popular cakes with a mix of cheesecake, vanilla slice, cupcake and whoopie pie. While the other box was filled with Christmas cakes, puddings and fruit mince tarts ~

Ribbon and Bow

I know that’s a LOT of cake but hahaha don’t worry, I tasted everything but also shared with my neighbour and friend Julz :) Now let me take you through the cakes one by one ~

Lemon Meringue Cupcake

Lemon Meringue Cupcake

Starting with the Lemon Meringue Cupcake, it was a lemon scented cupcake with a meringue topping and lightly blown torch. Mr Bao and I both liked the meringue as it was smooth not too sweet (for him), but we found the cake to be a little dense and dry.

Strawberry Whoopie Pie

Strawberry Whoopie Pie

Whoopie pies are so American :) Even though more cafes now make or stock them, they still haven’t become mainstream yet ~ keyword yet, I have a feeling these will become the new cupcakes :P I loved how the owner Ricky described these as ‘handheld’ cupcakes, which makes sense! Because it’s like a cupcake you can hold, and instead of the icing on top of the cupcake its in between two cake layers.

Handheld cupcake

Handheld cupcake

We liked the buttercream strawberry filing which was very nice and did not have that artificial aftertaste.  However, found the cake layers to be slightly dry and we prefer cupcakes with a lighter and fluffier texture.

Flourless Carrot Cake

Flourless Carrot Cake

I have realised so many of my friends are Celiac and can’t have wheat based cakes :( that’s why many stores now offer gluten-free options such as this Flourless carrot cake. I really liked the moist texture and the lemon cream cheese frosting which went well with the glaced apricot and walnut. I just wished there was a little more cream cheese~

Toblerone cheesecke

Toblerone cheesecke

The Toblerone Cheesecake was DELICIOUS! One of our favourite cakes, it was soft, moist and smooth but still had a strong chocolatey taste ~ I could have had the whole cake to myself, but had to share… Only little improvement I would make is to actually to a little piece of Toblerone on top of the cheesecake instead of the chocolate almond praline piece, just so people will know it’s a Toblerone cheesecake :)

Flourless Chocolate cake

Flourless Chocolate cake

Another gluten-free cake, Flourless Chocolate cake, another one of my favourite, it had rich chocolate flavours with some coffee notes. This would be perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream or iced coffee ~

Vanilla Slice

Vanilla Slice

Ricky told me the Vanilla Slice was one of their best sellers, I can see why very delicious, it’s not like a French mille feuille instead of multiple layers of puff pastry it only had two puff pastry pieces sandwiched with thick thick vanilla custard that was so wobbly, smooth, silky melt in the mouth texture.

Fruit Mince Tart and Christmas Cake

Fruit Mince Tart and Christmas Cake

Now to the Christmas goodies :) I’m not usually a fan of Christmas cakes, not sure why…because I don’t mind mixed fruit but I think it’s because most Christmas cakes I’ve had have a very strong rum  taste. That’s why I was really surprised I really enjoyed this Christmas cake with the sweet icing, it was super moist, wasn’t too sweet and definitely not rum filled :) I’m not sure that they used any alcohol or if they wanted to make it alcohol-free for the little people (kiddies).

The fruit mince tart was also very nice, with a light crispy tart case, with delicious fruit mince and according to Mr Bao that wasn’t tooth aching sweet, whatever they weren’t sweet at all :P I think these would be perfect for any Christmas party, I’m actually tempted to order some myself ~

Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding

Christmas is definitely a season for puddings but its such a winter dish and unfortunately, we’re in the Southern hemisphere and it’s SUMMER here lol so it might be a bit weird for us to eat warm and comforting puddings for Christmas. But I really liked this steamed Christmas pudding which needs to be warmed before eaten, it had everything a good pudding should have and it would have been perfect paired with some custard or ice-cream.

Now it’s your turn to try some Ribbon and Bows cakes :D Ricky has very generously offered to give one lucky reader an 8inch cake of their choice!!!

To enter this giveaway:
– Leave a comment and tell me if what cake you would like to try? :)
– For more entries please ‘Like’ me on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter ~ If you’ve already done that please let me now! Thank you!
– Giveaway ends on the 14th of December
– You may reenter daily, one entry a day
– Winner will be chosen by random.org and announced on this blog and notified via email
– Please ensure you enter a valid email address
– Open only to Melbourne residents (Sorry!)

Good luck everyone :D

WINNER ANNOUNCED

Congratulations Ross you are the winner for this giveaway :)

Screen shot 2012-12-13 at 11.12.28 PMI used Random.org to generate a random number and counted the comments (not mine) and Ross is number 17 :D YAY!
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Thanks everyone for entering and leaving a comment :)

This is a sponsored post, Daisy@Nevertoosweet sampled the cakes for free, however, review and opinions are honest and based on personal taste and preferences. 

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82 thoughts on “Ribbons and Bows Cake – Review + Giveaway *Winner Announced*

  1. Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 7, 2012 at 9:22 am Reply

    I am so sad the contest is for Melbourne residents only… Tears…

    Carrot cake would have rocked my world!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm Reply

      Sorry Jeno :( really hope this was an international giveaway! I’ll try to have one soon :) I promise!

  2. RiRi December 7, 2012 at 10:14 am Reply

    Hi Daisy dear~ Loving your cake reviews as always! So great that you point out the gluten free desserts so people with celiac know there are options out there! Always looking forward to your new posts and the new blog design is amazing =D Merry December and holidays season!! kekekeke

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm Reply

      Thanks Dearie :) I’m so glad that you like the new blog design was so stressed about it hehe but YAY! it’s all done and I love it too ~ Happy Holidays and leave a comment everyday hehe!

  3. Hannah December 7, 2012 at 11:58 am Reply

    I had to skip the Christmas fruitcake/mince pies part because even the thought makes me nauseous, but yay Toblerone cheesecake!!

    This will be my third Christmas by myself away from my family. For the first time, I’m feeling really sad about it.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm Reply

      Damn you’re not a fan of Xmas cakes and pies? Doesn’t matter cuz the Toblerone cheesecake was better anyway!

      Oh no don’t be sad! You’re experiencing so much more and you can come back celebrate with your family next year! xox

  4. theurbanmrs December 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm Reply

    Forget the rest – toblerone cheesecake and vanilla slices are both mine,, lol. I’m sure you’ll be a wonderful host! Happy Holidays.

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm Reply

    Ooh I love those opening pics of Christmas spreads! And how fun to get two boxes of cakes-you’re the perfect recipient! :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm Reply

      I was super excited about getting these cakes ~ Too excited actually! Was so close to not sharing with my friend hehe Happy Holidays Lorraine xox

  6. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen December 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm Reply

    This post is making me SO excited about Christmas! Good luck to the entrants :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm Reply

      Sorry Krisi that this is not an international give away. But still HAPPY HOLIDAYS and i’m SUPER excited about Xmas hehe

  7. The Life of Clare December 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm Reply

    These cakes look like a wonderful addition to Christmas! Vanilla slice is me favourite, everywhere J goes he always tries to find me one. So far the best has come from somewhere in central Victoria. I’ve also liked your Facebook page from me personal one and my blog page, and I follow you on Facebook.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm Reply

      Thanks Clare for all the support! Great choice the Vanilla slice is definitely my favourite too ~

  8. Effie Bakkalis December 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm Reply

    They all look divine so how can I pick only one? I’d really love to try the Toblerone cheesecake!
    Thanks for the great giveaway :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm Reply

      Thanks for the comment :) You’re welcome for the giveaway there’s a few more coming up! Good luck xx

  9. Effie Bakkalis December 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm Reply

    I follow you on facebook too.

  10. Effie Bakkalis December 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm Reply

    I follow you on twitter too (@fengari1).

  11. Ross December 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm Reply

    Love to try the lemon meringue cupcake

  12. Lisa December 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm Reply

    The vanilla slice pretty please <3 nomnomnomm

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm Reply

      YAY! Lisa you left a comment ~ Great choice my absolute fav hehe good luck dearie and catch up soon!

  13. murasakiblue December 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm Reply

    Vanilla slices YES PLEASE :)) nomnommm

  14. libishski December 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm Reply

    Haha I’m not a fan of mince pies/tarts either – ick!

    I like the sound of the carrot cake (man, I’m such a square) but I’m also partial to a good vanilla slice. Yum!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm Reply

      LOL So many people don’t like Christmas goodies :P I’m starting to like them though hehe ~ okay i wont make you any thing with fruit mince hehe!

      You would have loved the vanilla slice! Good luck dearie really want to share some cake with you!

  15. anastasiastarz December 8, 2012 at 12:28 am Reply

    I’d love to try the Toblerone Cheesecake, it sounds amazing!

    Following on fb & twitter ;)

    How do you re-enter? O.o

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm Reply

      Thanks Anastatia for the support! You can reenter daily by leaving a comment thanks!

  16. anastasiastarz December 8, 2012 at 12:31 am Reply

    I’d love to try the Toblerone Cheesecake, it sounds amazing!

    Following on fb & twitter ;)

    How do you re-enter? O.o

    Sorry if it double posted, I think I’m glitching.

  17. Ross December 8, 2012 at 9:14 am Reply

    I think the vanilla slice would be my choice for today.

  18. Ross December 8, 2012 at 9:16 am Reply

    Followed you on Twitter @RossS12

  19. gourmetgetaway December 8, 2012 at 11:23 am Reply

    Oh I wished I was in Melbourne I want those cakes!!! The look delicious especially the Toblerone one!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm Reply

      I wished I could share with you too Julie :) you should have loved it! ~

  20. Amanda@ChewTown December 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Even though you have to be in Melbourne to win this… I wanted to say that their cakes look great!!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 9, 2012 at 12:37 am Reply

      Sorry that’s it’s only for Melbourne people ;( But i’ve got an Australia-wide give away coming up YAY!

  21. Ross December 9, 2012 at 11:24 am Reply

    Today, I’d try the whoopie pie… the diet can wait until the New Year.

  22. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef December 9, 2012 at 11:50 am Reply

    I hope you’ll have a fantastic Christmas with your friends, Daisy. Those cakes look amazing. I’m off to make some whoopie pies because that photo is calling me. :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm Reply

      Happy Holidays Maureen :) Ohh I really do hope you post the whoopie pie recipes!

  23. shellyrose December 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm Reply

    I would love the carrot cake love that it is gluten free

  24. Dee December 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm Reply

    Flourless chocolate cake, yummo! Guaranteed to be moist & delicious.

  25. Diana O December 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Strawberru whoopie pie looks good to me, can’t wait to try it (amongst all the others!!).

  26. E. December 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm Reply

    Lemon meringue cupcake, yes please. These were definitely made with me in mind.

  27. cal December 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Eight inches of toblerone – heaven on a plate, can I eat it by myself or should I share it with a date?
    Love your blog, how’d you think to write about sweets… nearly as good as tasting for my self is reading your blog about treats!
    I don’t have twitter but on facebook I’ve liked, hope my efforts are good enough and I won’t be disqualified.
    Happy Christmas.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm Reply

      Hi Cal :) thanks for dropping by! Of course you would not be disqualified toblerone cheesecake is a good choice ~ good luck!

  28. IOLA CHAN December 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm Reply

    Hmmm… Carrot cake! Good for sharing!

  29. Jennifer B. December 9, 2012 at 9:41 pm Reply

    A Toblerone Cheesecake sounds intriguing!… and the perfect cake for my sister’s birthday soon!

  30. jbmarigold December 9, 2012 at 9:41 pm Reply

    A Toblerone Cheesecake sounds intriguing and an ideal birthday cake for my sister over Christmas!

  31. Ariel Richardson December 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm Reply

    The hearty Christmas fruit cake looks delicious and perfect for this summer season.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm Reply

      These were really good Christmas fruit cakes :) definitely good for the Xmas season hehe ~

  32. liannelow December 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm Reply

    Would love to try the toblerone cheesecake! That combination sounds to die for! hehe Wouldn’t mind the vanilla slice too cause I love a good vanilla slice! hehe

    and I’ve followed you on fb and twitter of course! hahaha :P lovely review! everything looks amazing!!! xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm Reply

      I kinda knew you were going to choose this hehe :) it was definitely one of my favourite ~ the vanilla slice was super delicious too :) And i know you like a good vanilla slice!

      LOL I know you follow me ~ Thanks dearie for the support! Took me ages to write this review oops hehe

  33. Ross December 10, 2012 at 7:42 am Reply

    How did I miss the toblerone cheesecake! Although I must admit this doesn’t sound like something to have as dessert after a big meal… maybe INSTEAD of a big meal.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm Reply

      Hhahaah nahhhh it’s fine :) you can definitely have cake for dinner I do that all the time wakkakka ~

  34. Effie Bakkalis December 10, 2012 at 9:37 am Reply

    I love looking at those gorgeous photos! My next favourite cake would be the Flourless Chocolate Cake… yummo…

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm Reply

      Great choice! Thanks it took ages to take photos of these cakes ~ I’m still learning hehe!

  35. Agnes December 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm Reply

    Ooooooh. :) I’d most like to try the Flourless Carrot Cake because carrot cake is my favourite cake ever ever ever. (And I’m already following you on FB and twitter) ;)

    PS: I love your mini cake stand!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 11, 2012 at 11:24 am Reply

      Hehe Thanks Agnes of course I know you follow me :) Thanks for the support!

      really hope you win so then I can give something back to you ~

      Thanks I got the mini cake stand in Hong Kong xox

  36. Ross December 11, 2012 at 7:28 am Reply

    Vanilla Slice would take me right back to my childhood. Of course in those days they were called “snot blocks”

  37. Christine (@cookingcrusade) December 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Mmmm yum they all look so good! I bet it was heaps of fun sampling them :D

  38. Effie Bakkalis December 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm Reply

    I’m feeling like Strawberry Whoopie Pie right now – your photo is so perfect that it makes the cake look fake!

  39. Nami | Just One Cookbook December 12, 2012 at 11:36 am Reply

    I’m so jealous of your life full of delicious meals and desserts. I enjoy following your IG and blog and looking at everything you eat…and wish that I’m you! ;)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 12, 2012 at 11:53 am Reply

      Oh don’t say that :) i wish half as talented as you as a cook and be able to look after your kids and husband! I barely am able to look after myself hehe

  40. Effie Bakkalis December 12, 2012 at 11:48 am Reply

    Flourless Carrot Cake looks so good – and it’s healthy to eat vegetables, isn’t it? ;)

  41. Ross December 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm Reply

    OK… OK… If you insist I’ll try just a little bit of the Plum Puddings.

  42. Effie Bakkalis December 13, 2012 at 9:22 am Reply

    My choice for today is Vanilla Slice – so delicious and reminds me of my teenage years back in the 80’s!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 13, 2012 at 9:29 am Reply

      That was definitely my favourite :) Good Luck winner will be announced tomorrow!

  43. Ross December 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm Reply

    And today I’ll go healthy (as if) with the flourless carrot cake.

  44. Clair December 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm Reply

    Hi Danni, All of these look SO nice! I think I’d want to try the Toblerone Cheesecake which I remember a girl from high school told me about and I’ve wanted to try ever since. It looks YUM!

    I’ve also followed you on twitter and facebook!

  45. Clair December 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm Reply

    Sorry Daisy! I was listening to Danni Minogue and accidentally typed your name in wrong!

  46. Effie Bakkalis December 14, 2012 at 9:10 am Reply

    Seeing it’s nearly Christmas, my next choice is a Fruit Mince Tart. My aunt used to make a ‘naughty’ version of these, and she’d put alcohol in the mixture!

  47. Yvonne Williams December 19, 2012 at 9:58 am Reply

    Oh I am in heaven these cakes and sweets are to die for I’m not a sweet tooth but they look mouth watering yummo!

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