Here at ITC Headquarters we suffer from that fairly common, yet waist-expanding ailment, a sweet tooth! And we are really spoilt for choice in Lane Cove – with multiple bakeries and cafes keeping us happily sugared up. We asked you for your favourite sweets and desserts and then we tried them out. We know it is a tough job but someone has to do it.
The Almond Friands from 4 Beans Co in Greenwich have just the right friandy consistency and flavour, and lovely crunchy almond slivers on the top.
Poseidon’s Catch in Lane Cove West give our the best biscuits with their coffee. These little delights are just the right amount of sweetness to have with a cuppa.
Churros from Oliver Brown Lane Cove – they are baked and not fried – so they must be better for you?? Hmm dip them into that lovely chocolate sauce and taste away.
If you love Donuts, you will love these bad boys from Pablo & Rusty’s. They even have a bacon topped Donut!!!
This little number at Lodge is a delight for coffee lovers.
A sponge as light as a feather (hence the name) with jam and cream packed in it – available from The Cake Man.
These Lodge muffins may be Gluten Free, but definitely not low-calorie. They are pretty evil (in a good way!) and not for the faint hearted. ITC dares you to eat a whole one, in one sitting!
Aussies love Hot Cross Buns so much, that these days some supermarkets sell them pretty much all year round! In Lane Cove, the top selling buns are from Bakers Delight and One Seed Patisseries.
Fink Chocolate Cafe has some very sweet and cool iced drinks – perfect for a hot day
Miss ITC loves Japanese Pocky Sticks. If you’re not familiar with them, pop past Lane Cove’s very own Japanese Grocery Store – Mori Mart, and check them out!
Have you tried Indian Kulfi?! It is like ice cream, only denser and creamier. Pictured here at Indian Fusion Restaurant & Bar.
The lamingtons at One Seed were a big favourite with our Facebook Fans, so in the name of research purposes only, we girded our loins and taste tested. OMG OMG OMG. The sponge is so light, the chocolate coating is just right and the cream was so fresh. This is a must if you love a lamington. Of course, if you are a purist you can have the lamington without cream.
ITC has two favourite Melting Moments. There are the ones from Zest and the ones from Lodge. Both have that nice shortbread taste. No one likes a doughy Melting Moment.
The Cake Man does a great scroll that is topped with a huge amount of Nutella. Simply Stunning.
The Opera Cake from Pottery Green Bakers is pretty darn aria worthy!
Located in Lane Cove North, Cafe Geo have dessert covered, with their Pizza slathered in Nutella. (Can you tell ITC loves Nutella!?).
Gelatissimo is the place to be in the afternoons, when they have ‘Happy Hour’ pries, and people queue out the door. Our tips – Cookies & Cream gelato, drizzled with molten Nutella (!!!); or for the more virtuous of you, the Sugar Free Strawberry is certainly queue-worthy.
La Provence has a brilliant Raspberry and Lemon Macaroon that will have you swooning, and it is Gluten Free!
This is without doubt the number one sweet treat kids in Lane Cove love. If you don’t like sprinkles on your bun, you can have pink icing, or coconut sprinkles. These pink buns are sold to support the Breast Cancer Network Australia during the Pink Bun Campaign each year!
These cinnamon scrolls at Fink Cafe are too good to not mention.
When we asked for your favourite dessert in Lane Cove, The Cake Man’s Lemon Tart and Lemon Meringue was a firm fav.
It really does look almost too pretty to eat. But how could you resist devouring the Rainforest Cave from One Seed Patisseries. The Belgium chocolate shell holds a mixture of chocolate mousse, hazelnut brittle, passionfruit marshmallows and berries. And it’s Gluten Free. Somebody stop me!
Call us old fashioned, but sometimes only an old-school Vanilla Slice will do. The pictured ones are at La Provence, but The Cake Man does a mean one too.
We have it on good authority (ok, we tried them too!) that the chocolate drizzled Waffles from Oliver Brown are pretty special.
These ‘xtremely’ healthy raw food treats are available from Go Vita. The cupcake looking one is a “Chocolate Crackle”. It is seriously hard to believe how good these sugar free ‘sweets’ are!
If the line-up of kids after school is anything to go by, Snowberry Frozen Yogurt is a very popular sweet treat for kids ITC. The novelty factor pays off too – as it is self service, so you can have as little or as much yogurt as you like, and then add a variety of healthy and not so healthy toppings.
Zivelli friands are made on the premises at Cafe Zivelli, and are the biggest looking friands we have seen ITC (or anywhere for that matter!)
Have we got your sweet tooth tingling yet! Would love to hear how many treats on our A-Z you have already tried, and which is next on your list!
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