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Since opening their retail venture in April, Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio in Melbourne have been tempting customers with their fabulous cakes and chocolates. Their little pink and white shop in South Yarra is chocolate heaven. After entering, we are immediately offered a taste of their yummy fudge. This could take a while!

Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

The interior is simply laid out with a display cabinet on one side showcasing the beautiful cakes and their packaged products lining the shelves on the other side.

Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Inside the shop

At the back of the shop, Darren Purchese is busy in the kitchen. Before arriving in Australia, Darren was heady pastry chef in some of London’s most prestigious kitchens. In 2005 he made the move to Melbourne, joining Shannon Bennett at Vue du Monde where he helped the restaurant achieve their 3 star status. Together with partner Ian Burch, they now concentrate on their Sweet Studio.

Darren Purchese of Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Darren Purchese

The display of cakes, both large and small, is mouthwatering. Combinations such as raspberry, white chocolate, honey and lychee cake together with smoked white chocolate, coffee, aniseed and lemon and a new wild strawberry, peach and white chocolate cake grace the cabinet

Cakes at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Cakes on display

Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate cake on the left with a passion fruit, ginger, mint and coconut cake in the centre and the smoked white chocolate, coffee, aniseed and lemon cake on the right.

Cakes at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Mango, Chocolate and Ginger Cake at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

A favourite!

Chocolate Cakes at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Cherry chocolate and cocoa nib cakes on the left with Chocolate, mandarin and salted caramel cakes

Merinues  at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Passion fruit and raspberry meringues

Burch & Purchese chocolate bars have names such as Persian Delight, A Taste of Paradise, Mandarin Dark Chocolate, Spiced Toasted Almond Milk and Mint White Chocolate. How can you say no!

Inspired to use their products, I choose a jar of salted caramel and another that is a combination of layered chocolate hazelnut spread and half salted caramel. Jams also receive the Burch & Purchese touch. Raspberry and hibiscus jam, strawberry and rose petal jam are only two but it is the chocolate, strawberry and balsamic vinegar jam that I want to try.

There’s also some great crumbles to choose from that can be sprinkled over cakes or whipped in with meringues but I succumb to the raspberry and white chocolate edible clay mixture which I’m told raises a simple icecream to another level. By the way- they also make delicious fruit icecream and the best looking ice creams on a stick that I have seen!

Packaged goodies Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Packaged goodies

Chocolates at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Chocolate Bars and Chocolate, Caramel and Hazelnut Spread

In the centre of the store, birthday cake suggestions are on display in front of the ‘inspiration wall’ which is full of jars of different ingredients. ‘Pig out on your Birthday’ is perfectly named!

Birthday cakes at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Birthday cakes

Chocolate flower garden at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Chocolate flower garden

Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Perfect for the top of a little girls birthday cake

Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Sold by the box!

A decision is required for tonight’s sweet treat!
The winner’s are:

Smoked white chocolate, coffee, aniseed and lemon cake at Burch & Purchese

Delicious smoked white chocolate, coffee, aniseed and lemon cake

The richly titled ‘Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate cake’ is amazing. Layers of caramelised white chocolate cream, crunchy chocolate meringue, chocolate butter cream, drunken chocolate sponge and milk chocolate cream make up this slice of chocolate heaven.

Triple Chocolate cake at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Melbourne

Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate cake!

It’s hard to leave but I’ll be back for their Xmas treats!

Which cake would you like to try?

Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio
647 Chapel St
South Yarra
Tel: 03 9827 7060
Open: Tues – Sat, 10am- 6.30pm
Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio

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The sweet treats of Sicily shine in Palermo.
Here, we have been constantly tempted by some of the best cakes, pastries and desserts in Sicily

Pasticceria Cappello, near the Porta Nuova gate, is in the perfect position for a quick stop after visiting the Palazzo dei Normanni or before catching the bus to Monreale.

Inside this unassuming shop are myriads of taste sensations

Pasticceria Cappello, Palermo

Pasticceria Cappello

Cappello are famous for their Torta Setteveli, the cake of seven layers named after Salome’s dance of the seven veils for Herod. A chocolate overload, it is made by alternating different layers of chocolate and hazelnut, mousse and a combination of these. Pistachio and strawberry cakes are also available but the chocolate is the best!

Setteveli at Pasticceria Cappello in Palermo

Strawberry, Pistachio and Chocolate Setteveli

Setteveli at Pasticceria Cappello in Palermo

Torta Setteveli

Cassatinas are smaller versions of cassata. They are perfect for one person to enjoy the taste of this sicilian cake made from sponge filled with ricotta and then covered with pistachio paste.

Cassatina at Pasticceria Cappello in Palermo

Cassatina

I love seeing the colourful marzipan fruits displayed.
Known here as Frutta di Martorana, the name originated from the Church of Martorana in Palermo when nuns from the nearby Benedictine monastery used these fruits of marzipan to decorate the bare trees in the garden of the convent for the visit of an important person.
The fruits are so realistic. It is hard to believe that this is almond mixture shaped and painted with food colouring to resemble the different fruits

Frutta di Martorana at Pasticceria Cappello in Palermo

Frutta di Martorana - Marzipan fruits

Other sweet treats at Cappello include

Crostatine di Fragola-Strawberry tarts at Pasticceria Cappello, Palermo

Crostatine di Fragola - Strawberry Tarts

I was also tempted by one of the tiny fruit jellies. Thank heavens for the smaller tastes that Cappello make. Pure fruit heaven.

Fruit jellies at Pasticceria Cappello in Palermo

Different flavoured fruit jellies

Jam conserves at Pasticceria Cappello, Palermo

Love the packaging on the conserves

Chocolate meringue cake at Pasticceria Capello in Palermo

Chocolate and meringue

Not far from Teatro Massimo is another well known pastry shop, Mazzara

Mazzara is famous for their cannoli, so I had to try one!!
Cannolo is one of the most famous sweet treats in Sicily. I’ve never tasted a bad cannolo but there is something special about Mazzaras’ cannolo

Cannolo at Mazzara in Palermo

Cannolo at Mazzara

Cannoli and Beigne at Mazzara in Palermo

Cannoli and Bigne

Cassata, Cannoli and Bigne at Mazzara in Palermo

Which one would you choose?

Setteveli at Mazzara in Palermo

Setteveli

Crostatine di Fragola at Mazzara in Palermo

Crostatine di Fragola - Strawberry Tarts

Let’s not forget gelato!
Enjoyed at any time of day, Palermo’s best are eaten ‘con brioche’

Mini strawberry gelati cones at Pasticerria Capello in Palermo

Mini strawberry gelati cones at Pasticerria Cappello

Gelato con brioche, Palermo

Gelato con brioche

Pasticceria Cappello
Via Colonna Rotta,68
Palermo
http://www.pasticceriacappello.it
Pasticceria Cappello

Pasticceria Mazzara
Via Generale Magliocca,15
Palermo

Pasticceria Alba
Piazza don Bosco,7
Palermo
http://www.pasticceriaalba.it
Pasticceria Alba

Pasticceria Oscar
Via Mariano Migliacco,39
Palermo
http://www.oscarpasticceria.it
Pasticceria Oscar

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