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Swiftly satiate your sweets craving with The Mason Baker's cupcake ATM
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Swiftly satiate your sweets craving with The Mason Baker’s cupcake ATM

Let's be real, a serious cake hankering (cankering?) can strike at any moment. Usually if you're at work or at home, you can quickly pop to the shops to quell the craving. But what if you're out on the town? The geniuses at The Mason Baker have introduced a novel concept that is designed to ensure cake is never far from reach. A bright-pink cupcake ATM has appeared in Fortitude Valley, giving revellers a chance to indulge in The Mason Baker's delightful jar cakes while in peak party mode. more

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Romaine calm – Botanica's new salad and sweets spot opens in Hawthorne
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Romaine calm – Botanica’s new salad and sweets spot opens in Hawthorne

Over its eight-year lifespan, Botanica has grown from a cruciferous curiosity to a bona fide salad-slinging superstar. These days, Botanica's signature blue boxes are a ubiquitous sight at dinner parties, barbecues and in workplace fridges, and it's not uncommon to frequently see a line of salad seekers slithering its way out of one of Botanica's three established locations. If you regularly find yourself in one of those lines, here's some great news – Botanica is opening a brand-new outlet in Hawthorne on Monday January 25. So, if you've got a craving for Israeli couscous or are keen for some kale and croutons, this salad bar should be your first port of call. more

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Devour picture-perfect pastries and dreamy doughnuts at Bulimba's Darvella Patisserie
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Devour picture-perfect pastries and dreamy doughnuts at Bulimba’s Darvella Patisserie

If we had enough pull to influence the writing of the history books, we'd emphasise the role sweet treats and baked goods had on getting us through 2020. When lockdowns made us crazy, croissants helped. When restrictions had us down in the dumps, we turned to doughnuts. Even though a new year has started, we're not expecting our dependence on carbs to lessen, which is good, because newly opened Bulimba bakery and patisserie Darvella has some treats that are too irresistible to ignore. This European-inspired dispensary is slinging gooey Nutella-filled doughnuts, Swiss-chocolate infused croissants and heavenly cakes by the score. Read on to see why this arrival is the perfect sweet start to 2021 ... more

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Highgate Hill scores a gluten-free oasis in the form of Dovetail Social
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Highgate Hill scores a gluten-free oasis in the form of Dovetail Social

The lucky among us that don't have to deal with food intolerances will never know the struggle of finding quality gluten-free eats, especially when it comes to baked goods. Thankfully for our coeliac pals, there is a cafe committed to ensuring they don't miss out on the finer things. Dovetail Social, the brand-new cafe from the crew behind Norman Park's Dovetail on Overend, is expanding upon its sibling's driving ethos – offering top-notch coffee, inventive gluten-free indulgences and hearty (and worldly) fare – all served with alacrity. The Highgate Hill hideaway is now open – have a peek inside ... more

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Sweets and The City – Jocelyn's Provisions opens a new locale on Eagle Street
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Sweets and The City – Jocelyn’s Provisions opens a new locale on Eagle Street

If there was anything that Brisbane's bustling inner city lacked, it was a Jocelyn's Provisions location to call its own. Well, that changed this week as the cakes, bread and pastries outfit opened the doors to its brand-new location opposite the Riverside Centre on Eagle Street. Not just a colourful spot to grab a sweet treat, fresh salad, pre-made meal or a loaf of artisanal bread, this Jocelyn's outpost is also catering to the hungry time-poor hordes with cheesy bacon-and-egg wraps, decadent croque monsieurs and lemon-and-ricotta bundt cakes. more

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Get the scoop – Lick! Ice Cream expands to Paddington
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Get the scoop – Lick! Ice Cream expands to Paddington

If you've ever sampled one (or two, or – let's face facts – three) of the Ekka's famous strawberry sundaes in one sitting, then you've got Lick! Ice Cream to thank. The Brisbane-born ice-cream crew has been dishing out cones, cups, shakes and phenomenal desserts for years, and now locals of Brisbane's northwestern suburbs no longer need to travel as far to get a taste. Lick! Ice Cream has just opened a new scoop shop at Paddington Central – marking an exciting new phase for the dessert dispensary as it eyes further expansion. more


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Here's the tea – Botanical Lab opens its new sips and sweets cafe in West End
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Here’s the tea – Botanical Lab opens its new sips and sweets cafe in West End

One of Brisbane's most beloved tea dispensaries has evolved. After drumming up a loyal following from its cosy Bakery Lane tea house, Botanical Lab has moved across the river – reopening in a bright and airy space in the heart of West End. Not only do guests now have more room to sip on pots of aromatic oolong, comforting masala chai and sweet boba-filled bubble teas, they can dip a spoon into indulgent soft-serve parfaits or nibble on Botanical Lab's new range of tea-infused cakes and treats. more

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Sink your teeth into a handful of happiness from Doughluxe Doughnuts
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Sink your teeth into a handful of happiness from Doughluxe Doughnuts

No-one could possibly have predicted the widespread upheaval COVID19 would cause around the globe, but one of the unexpected outcomes is that during these strange and challenging times people have been forced to find innovative ways to keep busy and get by. When Jacqueline Madden-Manu and Giuliano Melluso (formerly of Darling and Co) found themselves at a loose end as a result of the virus, the pair decided to turn to the kitchen and channel their creativity into something they knew people needed – luxurious, fresh, comforting doughnuts made with love and passion. Brisbane, say hello to Doughluxe Doughnuts. more

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Take a walk down memory lane with San Churro's new Throwback menu featuring all your childhood faves
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Take a walk down memory lane with San Churro’s new Throwback menu featuring all your childhood faves

Do you remember the unbridled joy you felt as a kid when you had free rein over the snacks table at a birthday party? The fairy-bread-induced sugar high hit hard and life was beautiful – even if it was just for a sweet moment until your parents caught you and made you eat the healthy carrot sticks instead. Well, sugar fiends and chocoholics, get ready to feel it all over again because San Churro is taking you back to your childhood with a delightful new Throwback menu featuring some of your all-time fave sweet treats. more

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Feast your eyes upon West End's new pink-hued croissanterie Superthing
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Feast your eyes upon West End’s new pink-hued croissanterie Superthing

They say it takes a lifetime to perfect the art of croissant making. For Eddy Tice and Ania Kutek, this is a challenge they welcome with open arms. After winning the hearts of Brisbane carb lovers with their popular NYC Bagel Deli, the duo has gone a little flaky – in the best way possible. Their latest project is Superthing, the pink-hued croissanterie Brisbane never knew it so desperately needed. more

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Sweetheart Cupcakes | Brisbane's best cupcakes
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Sweet disposition – Paddington welcomes pink-hued Sweethearts Cupcakes

Nothing is more pleasing on the eyes (and the palate) than a picture-perfect cupcake. The combination of a light and fluffy base, a swirl of coloured frosting and – if we're lucky – a cheeky dusting of sprinkles is all it takes to put us in a good mood, and now there's a new cake shop on Latrobe Terrace that is specialising in the kind of meticulously crafted cupcakes we love – the kind that are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. more

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The Cupcake Patisserie | Brisbane's best cupcakes
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The round-up: where to find the best cupcakes in Brisbane

Look, big cakes are great – amazing even. That being said, sometimes we want to devour more flavours than what can be typically packed into a single slice. This is why we love a cheeky mixed assortment of cupcakes – we get the same sweet hit but with just a bit more variety. Brisbane boasts a bunch of phenomenal cupcake parlours around town, some perfect for an impulsive snacking session, others ideal for custom catered packages. Is your sweet tooth trembling at the thought of fluffy cake topped with frosting? Read on, dear readers, and enjoy this round-up of the best cupcakes in Brisbane! more

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Name a more iconic duo – Krispy Kreme teams up with Maltesers for limited-edition doughnut
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Name a more iconic duo – Krispy Kreme teams up with Maltesers for limited-edition doughnut

Whether you've devoured a Maltesers and popcorn combo, topped your sundae with some of the light, crispy spheres or you've spent a fair amount of time nibbling at the smooth chocolate-coated exterior to get to the malt ball patiently waiting inside, all chocolate connoisseurs worth their weight in cacao are aware of the multi-purpose powers that a bag of Maltesers holds. World-famous baked-good chain (aka the doughnut gods) Krispy Kreme is well clued into our love of these chocolatey delights and has developed a mouth-watering confectionery cross-breed that will have you sprinting to the nearest stockpile – the new, limited-edition Maltesers Doughnut. more

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Gelato Messina | Brisbane's best gelato and ice-cream
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The round-up: get a sublime scoop at Brisbane’s best gelato and ice-cream spots

When the temperatures rise and air-conditioning units activate all over Brisbane, it's safe to assume that gelato weather has arrived. This summer has been particularly scorching, so it's only fair that we treat ourselves to some ultra-cold, creamy and delicious ice-cream to help us cope. Brisbane has a great selection of gelaterias and ice-cream parlours across town. If you're keen to brave the heat to get your fix of gelato or ice-cream, be sure to equip yourself with knowledge before hand. This is our list of Brisbane's best! more

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Fresh scoop – specialty coffee and artisanal gelato joint Allora Black opens in Newmarket
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Fresh scoop – specialty coffee and artisanal gelato joint Allora Black opens in Newmarket

When it comes to specialised areas of food and drink, gelato and coffee are wildly different (and labour intensive) streams. Rarely do the two meet, and if they do, it's not uncommon to see one foregrounded more than the other. Allora Black at Newmarket Village is perhaps the first spot in Brisbane to harmoniously unify artisanal gelato and specialty coffee, creating a fashionably minimalist dispensary of creamy dessert and artfully brewed caffeine. more

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Cinnabon's world-famous buns arrive at Toombul Shopping Centre
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Cinnabon’s world-famous buns arrive at Toombul Shopping Centre

In the lead-up to the Christmas frenzy, folks flocked to Toombul Shopping Centre in droves – not to snag some festive deals, but rather to sample the lovingly glazed buns at Australia's first Cinnabon outlet. The world-famous baked-goods dispensary opened at the revitalised hub in mid-December, going on to sell more than 20,000 cinnamon rolls in five days. These numbers alone should pique your curiosity, but if you need some more persuasion to make a pilgrimage, read on ... more

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Canelés, cakes and confections – get your sweet fix at Grange's Bella & Tortie
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Canelés, cakes and confections – get your sweet fix at Grange’s Bella & Tortie

Have you ever encountered a dessert so beautiful you could barely bring yourself to eat it? Suzi Unwin is a culinary maestro that specialises in the very same kinds of picture-perfect treats. After stints at some of Brisbane's best restaurants and sweet-treat dispensaries, the accomplished pastry chef has struck out on her own with Bella & Tortie, a bricks-and-mortar bakery hawking a range of cakes, tarts and snacks that are part mouth-watering treat, part eye-catching work of art. more