You know the saying 'I love you like a fat kid loves cake'? Yep, I am the fat kid! Sweet things are my weakness, especially delicious cake. So, when I get a day off from work, the first thing I do is make a beeline for The Flute Bakery in Fyshwick. They're only open from 8am - 3pm on weekdays, which makes it incredibly difficult to get to unless you take some time off from work.
The Flute is a quaint, French provincial style patisserie. There's plenty of outside tables for al fresco dining and the large windows allow the cafe to bathe in lots of natural light.
As you walk in, there are cabinets chock-full of baked goodies. But I would recommend getting there early as they have a tendency of selling out of certain items by about 11am!
If you are easily overwhelmed by all the droolworthy choices, I would recommend getting the Assiette. For only $8, you get a delicious selection that includes a macaron, profiterole and two mini cakes. What value!
Alternatively, for only $20, you can get a Dulce de leche cheesecake ($7), a Wild strawberry mousse cake ($7), a flat white ($2.50) and a pot of chai tea ($3.50). Holy cow!
The reason why I think it's such good value is because there is so much technique in the cake that I can't quite believe it's at the same price point as relatively ordinary slice of cake from a hipster cafe in New Acton, Braddon or Kingston.
Just look at the incredible detail in the Pistachio cake! The balance of flavours was just perfect and I just love this style of cake.
The best part of each cake is the multiple layers, each with a different flavour adding complexity to every mouthful. The cakes comprise of a carefully calculated ratio and combination of ganache, mousse, sponge, jelly, compote, cream, and biscuit crumbs or nuts. Check out that sexy cross-section!
If you're wanting something savoury, The Flute Bakery does amazing pies for only $5.50 each. I've tried the Chicken Chasseur, the Chicken and Leek, and the Beef and Red Wine. I can vouch for all of them. They were all rich in flavour and full of large pieces of meat. They were big enough that I could tell good cuts of chicken and beef were used.
The cakes and pies taste amazing and are very reasonably priced. They now have an online menu with prices for each cake.
The low-down on The Flute Bakery Address: 8 Barrier Street, Fyshwick, ACT Opening hours; 8am - 3pm weekdays Website: http://www.theflutebakery.com.au/ Phone: 02 6280 8001 Best bits: The layer cakes and the pies. Worst bits: Inconvenient opening hours and location, no EFTPOS facility. Worthwhile factor: Very worthwhile.
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