Being known for my amazingly sweet tooth, of course I have visited B&P a few times. Each time I was impressed with the beautiful collection of cakes and sweets they have on offer. Each time I just want to have a taste of everything – sadly this goal has yet to be achieved – but I know there will definitely be many more visits to come...
The studio itself is pretty incredible – with walls lined by flasks containing strange looking ingredients, and an open view into the kitchen itself, for me it brings to mind Willy Wonka’s lab, only more awesome.
Their selection of cakes for the day are displayed within the front glass counter, while other goodies are scattered on the shelves and table tops surrounding the space – including chocolate blocks, sauces and spreads, lolly pops, meringue clouds, and ice-cream.
At $9 per dessert, they’re not exactly cheap (hence I can’t buy one of everything), but when you consider the sheer number of elements contained within each creation, this price is worth it. The hardest part is deciding what to get...
The following are some cakes I’d tried on various visits (apologies for the dodgy photo quality):
Mango, milk chocolate, ginger cake:
milk chocolate & mango cream / coconut meringue / Jamaican ginger cake / mango cream / milk chocolate sponge / mango custard / chocolate gingerbread teddy
Smoked white choc, coffee, aniseed, lemon:
Smoked white choc cream / crunchy almond meringue / coffee buttercream / coffee sponge / aniseed syrup / brownie sponge / lemon curd / dehydrated choc rock
Pineapple, mango, chocolate (gluten free):
Coconut sponge / mango mousse / pineapple cream / chocolate mousse / white chocolate velvet spray / pineapple jelly / mango jelly
Explosive raspberry milk chocolate:
Rasp & milk choc mousse / raspberry custard / raspberry compote / explosive milk choc chip cookie crumb / exaggerated raspberry cream / raspberry marshmallow / milk chocolate mirror glaze
Coconut, passionfruit, ginger, mint:
Coconut mousse / passionfruit curd / coconut caviar / passionfruit jelly / salted oat & ginger crumble / white chocolate mint wafer / ginger macaron / brilliant white chocolate spray
Raspberry, white choc, honey, lychee:
White chocolate & raspberry mousse / raspberry & lychee jelly / muesli & honey nut sponge / raspberry & hibiscus jam / honey lychee syrup / exaggerated raspberry cream / white chocolate velvet spray
Chocolate, mandarin, salted caramel:
Kendari 60% chocolate mousse / Murray River salted caramel / burnt mandarin cream / St Clements marmalade / aerated chocolate shortbread / chocolate mirror glaze
Mango meringue cloud
Just like lego (only much more delicious) – special order:
Yellow (mango) / green (lemon & lime) / red (raspberry) / blue (blackberry)
Although each dessert is delicious in its own way, I personally prefer the lighter, fruity ones over the rich chocolaty cakes. I’ve also tried their chocolate blocks – the orange dark chocolate block is good, but I like my chocolate darker. Their salted caramel spread is divine – I’ve eaten it by the spoonful...
This is one sweet studio that every dessert lover must visit. If Prahran wasn’t so out of my way, I’d probably drop in every week...
Ratings (based on my own experiences):
Food – 8 ½ / 10
Service – 9/ 10 (not really applicable, but the staff were very patient and friendly)
Value for money – 8 / 10
OVERALL CONSENSUS: 4.5 bags (out of 5)