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Hartsyard birthday cakes

February 21st, 2013  |  Published in Restaurants  |  4 Comments

Hartsyard birthday cake

If you need to step up your birthday-cake game, then get something made by Hartsyard. Pastry chef Andrew Bowden will produce something that’s traffic-stopping and stunning. I recently placed an order for a party and the resulting creation was so good-looking, it probably deserved star management and its own agent.

The restaurant does custom orders on request – and in fact, Will and I are still grief-struck that we ever finished the spectacular banana cake Andrew made for Will’s birthday last year (there were surprise flavour cameos of lemon, caramel, popcorn and coffee in there, too). If I could invent a time machine just so we could reclaim any crumb or frosted shred of that multi-layered treat, I would – it was the best cake we’d ever had.

Will's mega cake, Hartsyard, Newtown

The one for my birthday has earned a rightful place in the memory bank, too. I asked for something light and fruit-reliant and Andrew fashioned that wispy idea into something impressive: interlacing layers of meringue, raspberry mousse, passionfruit curd and vanilla sponge, all grounded in this addictive layer of hazelnut crunch. All I’d done was turned a year older, but having a slice of this felt like an award for some kind of lifetime achievement.

Hartsyard, 33 Enmore Road, Newtown NSW (02) 8068 1473,

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  1. sonya says:

    oh my goodness! I have my heart set on one of these, I’ve been admiring them on instagram. might be a good excuse to be in sydney for my birthday this year.

  2. leetranlam says:

    Sonya, it is a fine excuse! Hope you get to toast your next birthday with some excellent, Instagram-melting cake!

  3. sonya says:

    I decided I couldn’t wait that long and am getting a cake quote for my dad’s 60th birthday in april! I’m hoping to order slightly more cake than we need so he can have leftovers. thanks for posting this! I love that it’s open to the public 🙂

  4. Wow these cakes are spectaclular, obviously a lot of work goes into each one. They look delicious.

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