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Smooth Festival of Chocolate & Australian Patisserie Academy

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One of the best things about being a food blogger is sampling ALL of the amazing chocolates thanks to Smooth FM. Last Saturday we had the pleasure to celebrate decadent desserts and chocolate designs from the best patisseries, chocolatiers and ice-creameries when the Smooth Festival of Chocolate had returned to The Rocks.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (0)Don’t know where to start…

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (1)Spread of “CHOCOLATE GOODIE BAG

Pssst… I have a whole stash of these Tim Tams. Who doesn’t like Tim Tam O’cloak?! Put those Tim Tams in my bag and nobody gets hurt. For the first time Arnott’s Tim Tam joined the festival at the Arnott’s Tim Tam Temptation Tent allowing chocolate lovers like me to experience Australia’s favourite indulgences.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (2)Taking on the TIM TAM CHALLENGE!

It was a pleasure seducing La Renaissance chocolate tart. Garnishing this tart with chocolate included fresh raspberries, sprinkles of pistachio and a gold leaf gives this dessert a truly luxurious finish.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (2B)Beautifully smooth La Renaissance chocolate tart

We looked forward to trying some authentic handmade chocolates from Australian Patisserie Academy. We indulged each heavenly chocolate pieces. DAT CHOCOLATE SCENT! 😀 ❤

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (2C)Impress Australian Patisserie Academy chocolates

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (3)Wag-Anna’s Wagon Wheel by Anna Polyviou.

Right before we attended the 2015 Smooth Festival of Chocolate, we were invited to attend the Smooth Festival of Chocolate Blogger Cooking Class‏ at the Australian Patisserie Academy. We had not clue what to expect other then it involved something like chocolate… 😀

APA_Nessy Eater (13)Excited and ready for APA’s cooking class

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (4)Impressive showpieces by Australian Patisserie Academy

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (5)Loving the selection of fine ingredients

Whilst Chef Angelo Roche from the Australian Patisserie Academy discusses ideas for our Tim Tam dish …we couldn’t wait to share our plates with you guys and here’s a hint…it involves TIM TAM BABY!!!

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (6)A great pastry education leads to great pastry!

We were a little obsessed with plating our dishes and felt a little tension coming from other bloggers such as *cough* Joe from 2 Hungry Guys *cough*. But this guy sure deserves two thumbs up for the creativity that I couldn’t possibly have. I ended up letting him win so I could eat more…that’s right. Teehee.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (7)Made with love man…can’t you see?!

We had so much fun creating wicked sweet treats. I don’t remember the last time I’ve ever had so much fun creating and eating at the same time. There was so much chocolatey flavour in my dish and to balance it out I HAD to add some fresh fruits like strawberryraspberry, blueberry and orange slices.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (8)How amazing are these little babies?

OH and I couldn’t resist making my very own “Tim Tam Ferrari Car“. Totally everyone that night suffered from major envy that I made this baby. Cameron Daddo and Chef Angelo Roch was pretty impressed with my work. #nonotreally

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (9)Perfection on a plate

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (10)Cameron Daddo in the house!

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (11)Perfection by Joe from 2 Hungry Guys

You don’t need a map to figure out that Chef Angelo Roch is super talented. This born Sri Lanka and raised in India chef committed to sharpening up his patisserie skills in France and America to complete his professional development pastry courses at Ecole Lenôtre France, Ecole Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil Paris and the Callebaut Academy Chicago.

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A sneak peak of one of the dishes Chef Angelo Roch created. I couldn’t bring myself to eat this especially when it looked so special and delicate. It was everything I imagined, but BETTER.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (13)Insane presentation by Chef Angelo Roch

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (14)Smooth FM’s Host Cameron Daddo and Nessy Eater Girl

We got to work with the most talented pastry chefs in Australia at Australian Patisserie Academy. And not just because these two chefs are brothers but they are both skilled, thoughtful and original chefs who are able to concentrate solely on patisseries.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (15)Chef Joseph and Chef Angelo Roche

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (16)If only I could add smell to these photos!!

Got another sweet surprise to take home that night at the Smooth Festival of Chocolate Blogger Cooking Class, I call it the “CHOCOLATE JEWELLERY BOX”. The harmony of sweet flavours starts with the white chocolate pieces. Teamed with the milk chocolates and dark chocolates, this box packs a punch when it comes to flavour and texture.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (17)CHOCOLATE JEWELLERY BOX by the Australian Patisserie Academy

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (18)Another gift bag and I don’t think I can ever refuse chocolate.

It was SATURDAY 12th September and we started our Smooth FM journey at the Tim Tam Temptation Tent and guess who was in my camera screen looking all happy with candy…ADRIANO ZUMBO of course.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (19)Happy Adriano Zumbo with science beakers filled with candy.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (20)Working in progress to eat all the chocolates in the world!

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (21)Tim Tam Temptation Tent Instagram Wall.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (23)Adriano Zumbo with family memebers at the Tim Tam Temptation Tent

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (24)Löwenbräu HOT Pretzels

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (25)Löwenbräu Keller hot dogs

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (26)OH MY GOD Chocolate Cronuts

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (27)Bumped into Adriano Zumbo AGAIN!!

Fast forward two hours and we were inside BAR100. The solid sandstone building at 100 George Street in the Rocks was  built as a mariners’ church more than 100 years ago. Our jaws dropped when we noticed a long table filled with…you guessed it chocolate. While I tried my hardest to try everything…I kinda failed but that’s okay I knew 15+ packs of Tim Tam were waiting for me to eat them. HAHA.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (28)Spread of sweet SWEET chocolate TREATS at BAR 100

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (29)And there was MORE MORE MOREEEEEEE!!!

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (30)Chocolate cocktail

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (31)I had a bit of this and that and this and that…

We arrived fashionably early that we managed to spot this elegant lady dressed in 1910’s style. She was hovering with her table filled with Tim Tams. It sounds crazy but she graciously moved around better than I can.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (32)Tim Tam Lady

Smooth Festival of Chocolate_Nessy Eater (33)I was so tempted to take this GIGANTIC TIM TAM home.

Well that’s a wrap! It was freaken awesome to experience a taster of the amazing talent in this year’s Smooth Festival of Chocolate. There were truly some extraordinary chocolatier’s such as Adriano Zumbo and award winning Chocolatier Jodie Van De Velden. How can we forget Shangri-La Hotel Sydney’s Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou punked up the kitchen at the Callebaut Test Kitchen. By the end of the day I realised I have a condition that makes me eat when I can’t sleep. It’s called insom-nom-nom-nom-nia.

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Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater plus guest attended Smooth Festival of Chocolate  thanks Nova Entertainment, SmoothFM and The Society Group

Nessy Eater attended Smooth Festival of Chocolate Blogger Cooking Class‏ thanks to Nova Entertainment and Australian Patisserie Academy

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Sweet Street by Anna Polyviou at Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

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In Sydney, dessert playgrounds can be hard to find at night. Luckily last Wednesday, Shangri-La Hotel’s executive pastry chef Anna Polyviou gave over 500 hundred sugared up guest the opportunity to discover sweets like never before. It was one funky dessert pop-up event located right inside the five-star luxury hotel, Shangri-La Sydney’s Grand Ballroom. We were treated to street-market style set up with disco lighting and a DJ playing night-club music throughout the evening.

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For $55 per ticket which includes 10 tokens and the opportunity to go hard out for all things sweet, I’d say it’s surprisingly worth it! Dedication to sweets is a serious matter and what makes this event so Willy Wonka like is inviting friends along. Special guests like the unconquerable Adriano Zumbo, Tim Clark from CacaoKirsten Tibballs from Savour SchoolBernard Chu and Yen Yee from Melbourne’s LuxBite and off course Shangri-La hotel’s pastry star, Anna Polyviou.

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What’s your favourite Zumbaron flavour? Adriano Zumbo stall.

Sweet Street event showcased the best treats and in between our splendid sweet-tooth madness, prizes from KitchenAid and dance competition was all happening under the one roof.

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Scrumdiddilyumpshus Éclairs from Cacao Lab Tim Clark 

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Just before the show starts, it’s family portrait time with the Asians N2 Extreme Gelato X LuxBite

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Selfie time with the BOSSES from N2 Extrem Gelato and LuxBite before the event. No biggie!!! 

Heaven for lovers of chocolate, this extraordinary handmade chocolate garden is completely edible. Unfortunately Kirsten Tibballs display wasn’t for us to eat. However to accommodate, she was selling one stunning chocolate goodie bag for 1 token a bag.

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Gigantic chocolate mushroom from Savour School

Chocolates and painted butterflies that’s also edible is the perfect gift combination to win my heart. This has got to be one of the delicious Chocolate Dessert Garden for your next dinner party that will leave your guests awe-struck. If only I knew how to grow and maintain my own chocolate garden.

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 Mother nature has turned into CHOCOLATE!!! – Savour School

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A bag of awesome chocolate treats from Savour School (1 token) 

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Let’s see what Anna Polyviou stall has got for us hungry sweet tooth.

Anna’s Taste Test Donut was inspired by Sydney’s Hartsyard chef Andy Bowdy to create a CRAZY doughnut-flavoured ice cream. I think this may be the next trend for Sydney.

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 Doesn’t this remind you of The Simpsons cartoon donut?

I can never ever get past the Passionfruit Posset with seasonal tropical fruit compote-garnished with mango pearls. An incredibly refreshing fruity treat! Served in a petite cylinder cup. For a moment your mind may wander off to a tropical island as the pearls offer a nice burst of mango flavour.

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 Passionfruit posset and tropical fruit (1 token)

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Donuts get in ma belly!!!

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Berries and vanilla panna cotta (1 token) 

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Bar tender from Blu Bar on 36 cocktail bar

For the people who fancied a nice adult beverage,  Blu Bar on 36 cocktail bar offered only one type of cocktail-Spydah. It included tonka bean infused with rum, banana liquor, ginger beer and a scoop of ice-cream. The cocktail name sort of makes our skin crawl, but you’ll feel pretty festive after downing it.

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 Spydah (2 tokens)

Savoury option for the night was supplied by Shangri-La and that too was another corner no one missed out on. My favourite was the Shredded pork salad as the meat was supreme in taste and it was so freaken tender.

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Don’t go pigging out tonight, ok? *Oink*
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Shredded pork salad (1 token)

There is always a reason why Anna decided to abduct the lolly bag man from his Luxbite pastry lab in Melbourne. You’re properly wondering why? [Please continue reading…]

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 Concentration is the key to making eye-popping ice-creams at N2 Extreme Gelato.

So I’ll get straight to it and say the LIMITED EDITION ‘lollybag burger‘-chocolate brioche buns that was held together by an ENORMOUS scoop of lemon gelato plus a ganache, made from melted Redskin candies, in place of a the ordinary ‘tomato sauce’. From the top 100 & 1000s charcoal brioche bun with confit lemon popping candy, musk whipped creammandarin and eucalyptus gelatofreckles spread and served with a syringe full of injectable liquefied redskin candies.

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 Limited edition: Lolly Bag Burger (2 tokens)

Nitrogen frozen gelato was also on offer with Ferrero Rocher that contained chocolate coated rice bubbles, chocolate and hazelnut gelatohazelnuts and just for the stack of it why not serve it with a syringe full of injectable melted chocolate.

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 Ferrero Reveal (1 token)

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 Min Chuan Chai from N2 Extreme Gelato

Just right next door to N2 Extreme Gelato, Bernard Chu and Yen Yee of Lux Bite Melbourne decided to tart things up. This stall showcase new flavours such as lavender, blueberry and vanilla and tarts. All tarts were SOLD OUT before 8:10pm and I was extremely happy I somehow managed to sample all three flavours.

Endless Love is LuxBite’s popular dessert, inspired by Pierre Hermes Ispahan. This tart includes rose and lychee ganache filled, topped with fresh raspberries and silver to garnish. Next, Sood Tee Ruk is a happy ending…that Luxbite are giving lemon meringue tart a Thai twist. This tart includes Kalamansi lime curd with jackfruit, longan, chilli, salt, meringue, kaffir lime sherbet.

For the final tart, we had blueberry tart that’s filled with Heilala vanilla rice pudding and hazelnut praline cream, topped with fresh blueberries and chunks of hazelnut.

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 Assortment of tarts from LuxBite.

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 Great catching up with my Melbourne friends Bernard and Yen at LuxBite.

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Spicy Lamb and Beef skewers (1 token each)

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Papaya salad  (1 token)

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  Pork salad (1 token)

Sweet as! The Éclairs from Cacao Lab were rendered in new ways, including Hot Choc Dog and deep-frying. Starting from left to right we have:

Caipirinha-Tangy lime creme with brown sugar smash and Cachaca boost

Hot Choc Dog containing Chocolate mousse, raspberry gel and say whaat? grated ‘chocolate’ cheese.

 Pop Choc with 66% dark chocolatepop rocks and rice puffs

Salted Caramel

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Éclairs from Cacao Lab – Tim Clark (1 token each)

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 Delicate eclairs in the deep-fried coconut version.

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Caipirinha-Tangy lime creme with brown sugar smash and Cachaca boost (1 token)

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Hot Choc Dog Éclair  (1 token)

Move over soft serve because Anna’s parfait yoghurt with a chunky centre is the NEW THING. Yoghurt ice-cream has never looked so pretty before, until now. It’s only appropriate to eat this whilst watching TV. This finger-licking parfait ice-cream yoghurt attached on a wooden popsicle stick topped with crunchy caramel popcorn. A splendid way to bring the Sweet Street to an end.

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Mag-Anna’s  Salted Caramel Popcorn (1 token)

The Strawberry Yoghurt was an absolutely sinful ice-cream. I was really fascinated with how adorable this yoghurt was. In my opinion a sensational rollicking dessert!

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Mag-Anna’s Strawberry Yoghurt  (1 token)

Dedicated to only serve sweets, Anna has been recongnised for her skills in the pastry kitchen. She is the brainchild behind Sweet Street and is one of the founders of the Sydney Pastry Chef Club. Together with Adriano Zumbo, Min Chuan Chai of N2 Nitrogen Gelato, Bernard Chu and Yen Yee of Lux Bite, Tim Clark of Cacao Lab, and Kirsten Tibballs of Savour Chocolate and Patisserie, they are unstoppable. This event is basically your ideal childhood birthday party for all the GROWN UPS.

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 Anna and friends at Sweet Street.

Photos by Vanny Tang

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Cake Bake and Sweets Show – Keep Calm & Bake On

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There are two types of people in this world: the kind that loves eating sweets and come back for seconds, and the kind that doesn’t really enjoy sweets as much as you do but more than willing to share their half of sweets because they know you’d appreciate it more than them. Which side do I stand? It doesn’t take a genius to figure this out. HAHA. Ok, fine, I LOVE SWEETS and I HEART RECEIVING SWEETS. You got me there! There was a lot of pressure for me to decide which show or shop I’d race off to first. I had a number of ideas and whether it was smart to bring one of those supermarket trolley like from Costco, just in case I couldn’t carry all my items that I planned or didn’t plan on purchasing. But I am happy to report the show gave FREE GOODIE BAGS once you walked into the other side of the entrance door. So the environmental bag was indeed very handy. What I’ve discovered about the show is that from 10am-6pm, there’s so much to see and do but so little time. Pretty, pretty please Cake Bake and Sweets Show I request for extended hours next time with sprinkles on top. 😀

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TOO SWEET ! HOORAY to Media Pass! A BIG Thank You to Cake Bake and Sweets Show and Thrive PR 😀

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Waited for the first show cake decorating show.

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Free Goodie bags by Bonne maman at the entrance.

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Think I need a bit of colour in my life. Plastic icing by Cake Art.

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Mondo Naked Cakes offers a selection of cupcakes for any occasion.

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Tempt your taste buds with Mondo Naked Cakes mud cake. YUMMO!

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Celebrate all things miniature with The Wright Partner Cake. Mini Alice and Wonderland Theme.

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Master the art of cupcake or cake decoration with their fun-filled classes available at The Wright Partner Cake.

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No cake is complete without some fancy toppers.

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This is just too adorable! Don’t you think?

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I also found creative cake table ideas. Sooo FREAKEN good you’ll just want to stare at this all day!

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Such a charming display filled with the perfect decorations of Ferrero Rocher Strawberry MarshmallowStrawberry candy and Vanilla Biscuits.

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Make and Take Classes for an additional $20 per person.

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Love unicorns especially if it is edible. Thanks Jayne Baratta for  this Novelty Cake.

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This astonishing swan wedding cake by Shayne Greenman got my neck twisted.

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Kim-Hang Nguyen made one heartwarming, sentimental masterpiece that captures the simple grace of childhood from the movie My Neighbor Totoro

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Breathtaking icing sculptures, serious fun, and humour for audiences of all ages by Anna Maria Roche.

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Unlike most wedding cakes, Min Jung Kim knows it’s all about the bride and the BRIDE ONLY. Haha.

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More inspiring themed cake table display.

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Vanessa Wardle made one beautiful wedding cake creation.

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My goodness. For a mother nature wedding cake, choose this one! 

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BREATH TAKING!!!

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Nicole Pal from Sugar Pop Bakery makes dessert pops look too good to eat!

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Eileen Scriven wedding cake is an elegant embellishment. The two swans look happily peaceful on that cake.

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Just in time and Rich’s  diary whipped topping cupcake demonstration begins.

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This is one appetising vanilla flavoured cupcake.

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Learn how to whip something impressive with only 1 ingredient, whipped cream.

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One way to turn a basic batch of cupcakes into something impressive is to fill each cake with…

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small amount of Rich’s moist, fluffy white whipping-cream-infused vanilla.

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LUCKY Amy from Milkteaxx received a cupcake rose from the whipped cream chef. Teehee. It’s definitely the best topping I’ve ever come across.

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Sadly Amy couldn’t taste how delicious this was because she was too busy taking a photo of my cupcake. Haha. Sorry Amy! I’ll make it up to you next time.

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Get your hands dirty with Cake Boss cupcake pipping classes.

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Amy placed her name for the rose pipping class at 12:30pm and unfortunately for me I wasn’t aware it was FREE CLASSES. But I was still keen to take quick snaps of what they were demonstrating. Moments later Woohoo for me someone didn’t show up and I was more than happy to take the spot.

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Prepared vanilla cupcakes. Each person had 4 cupcakes  to decorate and take home.

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You know I don’t bake as often as I should when I say…I never knew there is so many icing accessories.

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Yes, there were 4 cupcakes but these were the 2 best I made.

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WHATTTT I also didn’t know edible glitter exists. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

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The demonstrator mentioned to sprinkle a little bit of glitter but I ignored her and sprinkled 5 times more than I should of. You can’t blame be for being excited over edible glitter. EDIBLE GLITTER.

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Cake Boss also offered flower decoration classes but those were fully booked within 30 minutes of opening the show.

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How cool is the 3D Hot Air Balloon? By The Raspberry Butterfly

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Strangely feel this could be me one day…Married to all things sweet.

Just because I’ve been to Anna Polyviou’s first dessert degustation at Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel here and then again when she turned Asian for Luxbite Bernard Chu here doesn’t mean I can’t take another photo with her. There’s something about me and Anna. You see we kept bumping into each other throughout the entire show. I might as well have followed her like a puppy and be her assistant the whole day. Teehee.

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Spotted Shangri-La hotel Sydney Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou 

It’s hard to not recognise Australia’s patissier and answer to Willy Wonka , as evidenced by his pastry creations Redskin, Mont Blanc and Salted Butter Popcorn Macarons. Also not to mention torturer of MasterChef contestants. Adriano Zumbo whose eccentric imagination and magical patisserie playground underlines the concept of  sweet factory of fun. His first sweet empire started in Balmain in 2007 and now has expanded to five stores including the latest one in QVB, Sydney. It was such an honor to meet Adriano and have a quick interview with him right after he shared his fantastic demonstration of Amazing Macaron Creation.

The only question I asked in this interview was “What is your favourite macaron?”. Whilst smiling he replied “Salted Caramel and Passionfruit” . I was extremely lucky to chat with him for a few minutes before this dessert king heads off to the crowded fans. If you’re into whimsical treats that will blow your mind (and tastebuds) then Adriano Zumbo Patisserie is the right place to be. His macarons and cakes will give you Willy Wonka’s wet dream and it is something you’d want to experience.

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With the dessert king Adriano Zumbo

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So apparently I witnessed Dan Lepard and Adriano Zumbo first time meeting each other. LOL.

Right after Adriano finished demonstrating this Amazing Macaron Creation, you never guess who had the opportunity to eat this scrumdiddilyumpshus dessert. Well, technically I just ate a quarter of it from a lovely lady who was hand-picked by Adriano to have this dish. It was just freaking perfect, though presentation may of slightly lacked but it taste just as good.

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Amazing Macaron Creation demonstation dish

Le Cordon Bleu earned its reputation as the ultimate in hospitality, cuisine and patisserie training. If Andre Sandison has taught me one thing, it’s that you genuinely have to have the passion with the ingredients you use to form a  magnificent piece of art.

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Perfect little swan by Le Cordon Bleu.

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80 degree sugar patiently waiting to be molded into something spectacular.

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Sugar decoration of a rose by Andre Sandison at Le Cordon Bleu.

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Sugar decoration of a gold fish by Le Cordon Bleu.

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Stunning Sugar decoration by Le Cordon Bleu.

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Magnificent artwork by Le Cordon Bleu.

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Krishna carrying sugar lollipops.

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Ready to eat Sugar lollipops by Le Cordon Bleu.

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This unique sugar lollipop made me go bananas as I felt like a kid all over again.

I got on really well with Karman from Le Cordon Bleu , and even though we chatted for a brief moment I felt like I was swept off my feet by a talented stranger. She tells me her Paris adventures and that she has only been with Le Cordon Bleu for 8 months and enjoys every single moment of it. Though the hours are ridiculous (6 days of training and 1 rest day) but it is her number one dream and she will do whatever it takes to fulfill it.

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Kaman serving Caramel Dessert Cup.

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Caramel Dessert Cup– 3 Layers of caramel – OMGEEEEEEEE!

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Everyone meet Andre Sandison who also taught the lolly bag man Luxbite Bernard Chu 10 years ago!!!

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40 hours preparation plus 40 hours constructing of making this glorious chocolate masterpiece.

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I think this chocolate sculpture drew a lot of satisfying sounds from the show.

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Satisfying sounds indeed… 😀

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Samantha Mounstephen knows how illustrate a heart wrenching meaning to this cake.

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This cake has earnt it’s recognition by being TREE-IFIC

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Susan Singleton displays a jungle adventure rainforest.

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Jacquie Goldstaiz knows how to seal a heart by locking it with hands.

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In between shows I purchased Heilala Vanilla extract.

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Cupcakes might be delicious but cake pops are a lot more fun.

Eric Lanlard who is an award winning master patisserie creates extravagant cakes for A-List celebrities including Sir Elton JohnMadoona and George Michael. Also twice winner of the prestigious Continental Patissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards.

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International Talent spotting and it’s Eric Lanlard who is the owner of Cake Boy.

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Grain & Co. delighted to bring eco-friendly range of customised banners and cake flags.

All the way from USA Taryn Mumpower and Robyn Holt are two gorgeously talented baketenders and stars of Cupcake Wars . Famous for their ALCOHOL infused CUPCAKES, they both make up a saucy duo. Their cupcake motto is NO BAKING BORING CUPCAKESIf you are ever feeling the need for something quirky in your cupcake then head over to Pick Your Poison Bake Shop because it is the perfect exquisite little cupcake-baking machine. But that’s only if you are in Austin, Texas.

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Taryn Mumpower couldn’t help pipping cream cheese frost into this guys mouth.

Taryn Mumpower and Robyn Holt mentioned on a good day they sell over 300 cupcakes a night from 5pm-1am. The key difference about marketing these cupcakes is that they are sold next door to a bar. And Robyn said “Texas people love cupcakes after having a drink or two”. It is quite interesting to hear Texas people much prefer cupcakes as a midnight snack whereas Sydney people choose hot dogs and pies. But I guess it’s no surprise for Taryn as she isn’t afraid to admit she was born and raised in Las Vegas and that “Americans love their alcohol”.

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It’s Pick Your Poison Taryn Mumpower and Robyn Holt. 

Duff Goldman is a creative international pastry chef, Sydney has been hunting for! He is a pure artist in the department of all things sweet. He founded and owns Baltimore’s Charm City Cakes bakery and stars in the hit TV show Ace of Cakes. His extraordinary cake creations includes Star Wars, a replica of Stanley Cup, to LIFE SIZE Hogwarts Castle for the premiere of Harry Potter. He mentions he has created one exquisite cake for Oprah and President Obama’s Ball. On a personal level he mentioned his first tattoo he ever got is Little Prince because his mummy use to always read to him in French before bed time. Ngawwwww so touching.

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Duff Goldman thinking about his hilarious past.

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Cartoony Cheeseburger and Fries Stunt Cake by Duff Goldman.

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Duff Goldman knows how to impress the audience with his facial expression.

I think my eyes and taste buds orgasmed more than a million times whilst watching Duff demonstrate his talent on stage. I feel like Duff has given me the opportunity to let me explore the dangerously naughty imagination of a cheeseburger and he doesn’t even know it. Things got serious when he started assembling the burger. But panic escalated quickly when this GIGANTIC cheeseburger was slowly taken away right after the show.

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This is a sexually explicit photo of a HUMONGOUS Cheeseburger. You must be old enough to understand it. 😛

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Extraordinarily large burger that comes with LARGE fries. Now that is what I call LARGE fries Mc Donalds!

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Duff Goldman finally signed one of his fans baking tin as requested on his Twitter account. But Eric Lanlard signed it first.

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Now who would want to eat that?…it’s TOO BEAUTIFUL to eat their faces off by The Cake Pop Queen

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What’s in the goodie bag?…

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My hand feels rather massive…but who cares! I scored myself FREE mini size Bonne Maman gourmet jam jars.

I mentioned earlier I participated in rose popping classes at Cake Boss site, well whoever attended and enjoyed any of their classes received a FREE CAKE BOSS GOODIE BAG! Surprisingly this bag contains more than what I imagined. I think this bag of goodies is value of $60+.

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Fast forward a few hours and it’s near the end of the Cake Bake and Sweets Show, DAY 3. Arriving fashionably late to the event due to work, my first stop was Anne Polyviou “Berry Me in Cheese” Push Pops demonstration. And look who do we have here… Adriano Zumbo enjoying FAIRY FLOSS !!! When life becomes too stressful for the dessert king, twirl some candy floss.

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Besides macarons, Adriano does like a little pink in his life.

Before Anna ended her show, she was so generous to giveaway one PINK KitchenAid Stand Mixer valued at $650+. All contestants had to do was simply tell Anna and the audience how to make “Berry Me in Cheese” Push Pops.

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Winner!

I’ve had a pretty rollicking start to day 3 when I received “Berry Me in Cheese” Push Pops. This beauty contains 4 layers. From the bottom strawberry jelly, then cream cheese mix that includes Heilala Vanilla, cream cheese, sugaregg and what for it…Callebaut white chocolate. I’ve also discovered crumbed digestive biscuits and then fresh berries. To add the final touch, fairy floss is chosen to complete this pink madness.  

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Scored myself “Berry Me in Cheese” Push Pops

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Red Skin Macarons

In between Anna’s show, I was star struck again and this time all the way from Melbourne, the super sweet couple Bernard Chu and Yen Yee from Luxbite. It was perfect timing to bump into them as I had just arrived and they were about to go. When Bernard dashed right passed me, my brain had froze and I blurted out “Hi Bernard” and he quickly looked over his shoulder and replied “Hi”. But what was most unforgettable moment for me was he directly looked at me and walked back towards where I was standing, stops right in front of me and said “I know you…You’re that food blogger, Nessy Eater…yeah Nessy Eater“. Secretly overwhelmed that Bernard, who was seen on MasterChef because of his bizarre idea of combining old-school lolly favourites into one spectacular 7 layer cake and Yen remembers Nessy Eater is such an AMAZING feeling. Sorry for being so cheesy! I am certainly over the moon Bernard Chu, a Pastry chef at LuxBite notices Nessy Eater. And before the two left to venture around Sydney, Bernard decided to take a photo for Instagram. You guys SERIOUSLY rock. THANK YOU BERNARD AND YEN ! 😀 You can read my review on Luxbite here.

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Bernard Chu and Yen Yee from Luxbite

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Dean Gibson practicing his notes before he goes on air with Lyndey milan .

Award winning sugar artist and craftsy instructor is Sheryl Bito. She is truly a sweet, lovely lady and so happy to finally meet her in person. She is the owner and founder of Buns in the Oven Cupcakery in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. Sheryl’s style is often described as sweet and wonderful. She is known for her miniature cake topper and I have found she loves her job as she pays so much attention to detail.

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Sheryl Bito from BunsInTheOvern Cupcakery and her Teddy Bear Topper Figurine.

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Teddy Bear Topper Figurine.

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It’s not everyday you get to luvo with Sheryl Bito 

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Cake Bake and Sweets Show was almost over and what better way to end it with Eric Lanlard making delicious Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Cake and maybe perhaps have a Tim Tam in between his baking.

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Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Demonstation Cake

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Bye bye Eric Lanlard.

80 hours of sugar decoration and Eric Lanlard smashed all 3 winners art work (Andre SandisonDean Gibson and John Ralley) into pieces. It only took 1 minute to destroy it all. I mentally cried inside… but the good news was we were invited afterwards to all grab a few pieces to take home.

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80 hours of sugar decoration, DESTROYED!

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Last one standing was Andre Sandison chocolate art.

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The only piece of chocolate I had from Andre Sandison chocolate art.

Finding excuses to see Adriano Zumbo, Eric Lanlard and Anna Polyviou one more time was difficult. Taking a photo with them the second time with my previous photo I took with them on the first day was just so awkwardly embarrassing but sooooo FREAKEN WORTH IT! Besides signing books or zumbarons rectangular white boxes, I wanted something much MUCH more fun and also to decorate my plain wall. Chances of me being rejected for asking an autograph were a high 90’s because humans around me started to increase. Thankfully with my stalker eyes I managed to tap Adriano Zumbo, Eric Lanlard and Anna Polyviou on the shoulder and kindly asked for their priceless autograph. WINNING! I feel all giddy inside. THANK GOODIES they didn’t reject me. Tee-hee.

To some up about Cake Bake and Sweets Show for 2014 in Sydney, I think it has definitely impressed me. With so many demonstrations happening at the same hour, I just wish their were 10 of me. It is easy to forget time when you are having so much fun. That crazy love affair with baked sweets sends me to another universe and I anxiously wait for next time.

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And if you have missed out on Cake Bake and Sweets Show in Sydney then don’t worry. They have got you covered and are heading to Melbourne!

For more information visit Cake Bake and Sweets Show here or visit their Facebook here.

Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Cake Bake and Sweet Show as a guest, courtesy of Cake Bake and Sweet Show (opportunity provided by Kiarna) and Thrive PR  (opportunity provided Abbey ). Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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NE Cake Bake & Sweets Show, Sydney GIVEAWAY – Be in it to win it!

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Wow, it’s my first time doing a GIVEAWAY and boy I’ve got something SWEET for you today! Thanks to CAKE BAKE & SWEETS SHOW, one lucky Nessy Eater reader will win 2 x ticket passes to Cake Bake & Sweets Show worth a total $56! Just imagine, if you can, what it might be like to witness first hand tonnes and tonnes of packaged sugar, flour, cocoa and many more baking ingredients that then turn into the most indulgent looking sweet treat.

Make Taste Shop- ChocIf that didn’t help, then I should be blunt and ask you the following questions:

  • Do you feel like sweets has a magical control over you?
  • Do you find yourself thinking about what sweets you will try next?
  • Do you lie about or hide the amount of sweets you eat?
  • Does eating sweets make you happy?

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If you’ve answered all yes, you MUST ENTER! The Cake Bake & Sweets is one of Australia’s biggest event for all things sweet. Three days of your favourite sweet snack and packed full of celebrity chefs demo, classes and hands on workshops.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears out for celebrity chefs like you know…

  • Adriano Zumbo, TV personality and Master Patissier Extraordinaire ( Check out my review on his macarons here)
  • Julia Taylor, Australia’s MasterChef Runner-up
  • Anneka Manning, Author and founder of BakeClub
  • Pick Your Poison Girls (USA), stars of Cupcake Wars on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD and first time in Australia 
  • Eric Lanlard (UK), star of Baking Mad on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD, first show appearance in Australia 
  • Nancy Ho, Winner of The Great Australian Bake-off
  • Anna Polyviou, Head Pastry Chef, Shangri-la Hotel Sydney (Check out my review here and here with Luxbite) and MANY MANY MORE Celebrity Chefs.

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Sweet Prize: One reader will win two passes to the show ( This is perfect to take your someone special on a day out! Share the love for all things sweet. )

When: 21st – 23rd March 2014

Where: Sydney Showground, Olympic Park

How to enter is simple:

  1. Like Nessy Eater Facebook Page
  2. Leave a comment here or on Nessy Eater Facebook simply telling me what is your favourite sweet and why. For the Instagram followers, you can comment there to enter as well. For the readers who secretly read my blog, get involved! Don’t be shy, I love comments nor do I bite 😛

You can enter as many times as you want and don’t forget to follow my Twitter and TWEET this GIVEAWAY.

Giveaway ends: 16 March 2014 12am AEST.

Announcing winner: A winner will be announced 17 March. Best of luck!

For more delicious info regarding Cake Bake & Sweets Show visit here. What are you waiting for???? Start commenting!!!!! In the meantime I shall stuff some chocolates in my face 😀

****THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED, THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR SWEET RESPONSES!****

CONGRATULATIONS TO SANGITA FOR WINNING TWO TICKETS TO CAKE BAKE & SWEETS SHOW

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Cake Bake & Sweets

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Feed me Zumbarons

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Whenever someone whispers the word “Zumbo” I begin squealing with joy and I start having cravings  for what Adriano Zumbo has to offer with his creations of unique flavours of macarons and famous cakes located at Adriano Zumbo Balmain Pâtisserie (296 Darling St Balmain, NSW 2040). FYI this is just one of many stores he has across Sydney.

Mention just one of his magical macaron names to any sweet tooth in the know and just watch how eyes can light up and lips shape into a smile.

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Look no further sugar lovers because Zubarons are the real deal. Every time I arrive at the counter I can never decide which flavour to take home. Light and crispy outside. Rich and creamy with a good solid crunchy bite. Sweetness level is just perfect. The displayed names of each macaron tastes exactly as advertised.

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Sadly I was half an hour too late on their delicious cakes. I am sure their other goodies such as bread and cookies are appetizing , but I just cannot go empty handed without a box of macarons to eat on the way home.

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I ended up purchasing one box of macarons of twelve ($30) or for one macaron ($2.50), however the macaron thief ate a macaron before photos were taken. It was the pineapple macaroon. So scrumptious brought back memories of my trip to Thailand sipping a pina colada cocktail, but this one didn’t have alcohol substances. Haha

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The salted butter popcorn ridiculously tasty, the pear had a single cashew nut in the centre of the macaron which made for a crunchiness. The blackcurrant deliciously superb. The lychee macaron rocked my world with a gooey flavour lychee in the centre.

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Unfortunately the finger bun, passionfruit and bread and butter pudding slightly shattered on the way back home but it tasted heavenly.

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So lovely the macarons colours looks exceedingly bright and lively.

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Photos by Vanny Tang

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