On a lazy Saturday a few weeks ago, A decided that she wanted to head out for a slice of cake. She wanted to head over to Maylands to finally dine in at Sherbet. We had been here previously for a coffee and sighted the large array of cakes on offer. We had always planned to return for a try, but it had taken us a few months to get there.
Sherbet is a tiny little shop on Whatley Crescent that serves predominantly cake and coffee. On arrival, I was overwhelmed by the choices available. There were cupcakes in lots of different flavours including red velvet, vanilla, vanilla-raspberry, vanilla-espresso, banana-caramel, and chocolate. There were also large cakes on offer in slices including Apple Cake, Apple and Rhubarb cake, Carrot cake, Red Velvet cake and lots of others. I was having difficulties deciding but after a short deliberation I decided to try the Red Velvet cupcake ($4) and A ordered the Apple cake ($6.50). We also ordered two coffees ($3.90 each).
We were lucky to snag a table indoors, as the last time we ventured to Sherbet we were unable to get a table. It didn’t take long for our coffee and cake to arrive. Our coffees were well made with Fiori coffee beans and I would happily return for the coffee alone. However, the cakes won us over even more so. A’s apple cake was very moist and had large chunks of apples throughout it. There were also lovely chunks of nuts and it was served with a little ramekin of cream. Without realising it, my fork ventured over to her plate more than a few times. I would definitely order it again.
My red velvet cupcake was also very well made. It was moist and I was pleased to find the icing wasn’t sickly sweet, like some icing can be. In saying that, the icing to cake ratio was equal, and I wasn’t able to finish all of the icing! However, I am a keen fan of this ratio being even, as typically I like to eat my cakes with a tiny bit of the icing in every bite! It was divine – a great little cupcake for an afternoon treat.
The venue is tiny and like I mentioned above, it can be hard to get a table. The place is a bit retro in style and Sherbet state on their website that they were inspired by the cupcake bakeries in New York City. They also aim to use the finest ingredients in their cooking, including Madagascan vanilla beans, French Valrhona chocolate, free range eggs and fresh seasonal fruit.
Sherbet also offer gluten free and dairy free cakes, which is a lovely aspect for those with dietary restrictions. They also have a competition of naming their new cake. If your suggestion is chosen, you win a free cake (normally worth approximately $49). A was busy thinking up names of the cake during our time at Sherbet but unfortunately forgot to enter!
I definitely recommend Sherbet. I loved the two cakes we tried and will definitely return to try a few more in the near future. There’s an added bonus of well made coffee, which is a perfect accompaniment to any cake!