*Brrrr* It has been so cold and wet in Melbourne lately >_< I really miss summer when we were able to go out without a jacket and just wear a t-shrit… it’s now only the start of Winter but already it’s FREEZING! Hope you guys in Melbourne and Sydney are all rugged up and don’t get sick like me! 🙂
Usually when the weather’s so horrible… I like to stay home, turn the heater on and BAKE lol hate going out when it’s raining…but a few days ago Ms Melody a friend from Uni messaged me asking if I’d like to catch up and go to the Grand Opening of Dream Cakes Cafe on the 1st of July ~ Despite the horrible weather I can never downturn cake 😛
I remember Dream Cakes Cafe from the Good Food and Wine show this year ~ and I bought their Mille Feuille and thought it was so yummy and made a notice to myself to go when their store opened up on Chapel St 🙂 For those who have not heard of Dream Cakes Cafe before, they are a local cake shop run by the Katsaras Family since 2003, where they specialise in Greek and European type cakes.
I wasn’t sure where it would be on Chapel St and was really surprised to find it find diagonally across Burch and Purchese LOL that’s really dangerous because I know I’ll want to go to both next time I go to Chapel St hehe
Being their Grand Opening, it was quite hard to miss Dream Cakes Cafe because it was so busy and had blue and white balloons all inside and out 🙂 Upon walking in, I was immediately greeted by a lovely waiter behind the counter and quickly placed my order and was led to a table in the back of the cafe. I asked if I could take photos and he said “Of course as long as people are all smiling in the photos” Hope he’s happy with this photo! You can definitely tell that this is a family owned business, everyone’s working so well with each other and I could hear them talking in Greek too ~
They had a row of glass cabinets FULL of cakes 🙂 it was quite amazing hehe it was particularly nice to see the Greek desserts such as the Baklavas as well as fruit tarts and melting moments ~
I’m really sorry, it was too crowded in the store and I was too busy deciding on what to get…I didn’t get down the prices but I’m pretty sure these Melting Moments were $3 to $4AUD 🙂 I bought Mr Bao one – he ate it before I could take a photo of it up close, and he seemed to like the soft texture and he’s a big fan of strawberry flavoured sweets so this was perfect for him. I didn’t like the strawberry flavour as much but liked the texture ~ think I’m gonna get chocolate next time hehe
I seriously had trouble deciding what I should get…so I asked the nice waiter for some advice on what was the most popular and his favourite ~ He suggested the mille feuille and the pink yoyo ~ I remember trying the mille feuille at the Good Food and Wine Show and really enjoyed it so I decided to get whatever he suggested, he is the expert afterall 😛
I remember this cost $4AUD 🙂 I find it quite hard to find ‘Mille Feuilles’ here in Melbourne, they’re a big thing over in Hong Kong nearly all patisseries there will have a Mille Feuilles ~ if you’re not familiar with mille feuilles they’re very similar to vanilla slices, but mille feuilles have more layers and the puff pastry is usually ‘flakier’ 🙂 I like it more than the vanilla slice, because there’s more layers of that buttery pastry 😛
This Mille Feuille was surprisingly light and definitely not sweet at all! Ms Melody said she could eat spoonfuls of this vanilla custard all day long ~ the pastry was kind of like in between a puff pastry and filo pastry 🙂 puff pastry because it had many layers but like filo pastry because it was so light and soft.
I am a little perplexed about this pink yoyo, on one hand I really like the yo yo ~ it’s like a soft sponge cake/whoopie pie with vanilla creme patisserie sandwiched in between. But then on the other hand, I really did not like the ‘pink icing 😦 Ms Melody and I both agreed that it was overly sweet and the strawberry taste was simply too overpowering. When we ate it without the pink icing it was lovely ~ so we’re definitely staying away from the pink yoyos next time and might try the chocolate yoyo instead ~
Ms Melody got this lovely pastry, I don’t know the name of it (SORRY) but it’s like a croissant filled once again with that light be yummy vanilla creme patisserie, toped with whipped cream and finished with chocolate shavings. If you like pain au chocolat you’ll definitely like this 🙂
I had a little bit of a silent laugh when the waiter brought my hot chocolate, because I have the same set of cups at home 😛 I think I know where Dream Cakes Cafe got these from hehe ~ Anyhow it was a nice warm cup of chocolate, however, it lacked some rich chocolate flavour.
Overall, we enjoyed Dream Cakes Cafe and I would recommend anyone who’s looking for a good vanilla slice to come try their mille feuilles or if you like Greek cakes and desserts you’ll definitely like this place 😀
It was lovely to finally catch up with Ms Melody! We’ve been talking about it for over 8 months gosh I’m so bad, but I’m super glad we did it ~ can’t wait to do again, take good care of yourself xox
Dream Cakes Cafes*
720 Chapel St
South Yarra, Melbourne
PH: 9544 5852
*They also have stores in the Dandenong Market and Oakleigh