If it’s not on Instagram did it even happen? These days, when it comes to food it’s “all about the gram” and sadly people are becoming less and less concerned with how something tastes in favour of how good it looks on Instagram. I’m not that person, for me, it’s all about the taste and something looking delicious in photos is just a big plus. If you give me a pretty cake that is as dry as the day is long then you’d better be sure I’m going to throw it right back in your face (figuratively, of course, I’ve never actually thrown cake at someone). Which is why I was beyond excited to finally get a taste of the somewhat legendary cakes and bakes from Tessa’s Bakery. The Cape Town cakery is known for creating breathtakingly beautiful cakes and the team behind it all have just opened a brand new store, where you can marvel at, and most importantly, taste their delicious creations.
If you’ve never had the good fortune of tasting a Tessa’s Bakery creation then you, dear reader, are surely missing out. I paid a visit to the store a few weeks ago and got the chance to sample a wide variety of eats and treats on display in the glass cabinets at the store – from savoury delights like Butternut & Feta Quiche to oh-so-moist cupcakes in every flavour and colour you can imagine, there’s something for everyone to indulge in at Tessa’s. While their savoury offerings are beyond divine it’s the beautifully decorated cupcakes and cakes that really steal your heart when you visit their store.
There’s a reason these fluffy, moist cupcakes and cakes have such legendary status amongst those in the know and the team’s decorating skills are incredibly impressive. At Tessa’s Bakery, you will feast your eyes on some of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring, and fun cakes you have ever seen … it’s enough to make you want to place an order there and then. Their cakes range from R295 – R450 per cake and there are a wide range of flavours on offer including Rocky Road, Lemon Meringue, Macaron Cake, Piñata Cake, Rainbow Cake, and Unicorn Cake. As for their cupcakes, they come in a wide range of flavours including favourites like Oreo, Rocky Road, Salted Caramel, and Peppermint Crisp (all R25 per cupcake).
And the kicker? Their gluten-free and other “special dietary requirement” cakes are JUST as good! I sampled a slice of gluten-free, vegan carrot cake while I was there and it blew me away. Not only could you not tell it was gluten-free, but it was also one of the yummiest carrot cakes I have ever had (and listen, if that’s what all vegan food tasted like then I would ditch meat in a heart beat). For something different, try the Gluten-free Choc Nemesis cake (R395) or Banting Sugar–free Cheesecake (R325).
For those who love to eat their cake in peace, Tessa’s is also somewhat of a destination bakery. With a few tables, and two super cute window booths, dotted around the store, the new Tessa’s bakery space in Milnerton, Cape Town offers plenty of space for sweet toothed customers to relax with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake.
It’s also a haven for parents looking for the perfect place to host a kid’s birthday party – with a separate kid’s party room located just off the main shop floor, Tessa’s Bakery can host groups of children aged 5 to 10 years-old for 2-hour cookie icing classes. And, for those looking to learn all about the art of baking from Tessa and her team, the bakery will also be hosting regular classes for adults. From Flood Biscuit classes for beginners (R480 per person) to more advanced Sharp Edge and Ganache classes (R750 per person), Tessa’s Bakery is the ideal spot to up your home baking game.
You can find Tessa’s Bakery at Milpark Centre, Jasmin Road, Milnerton but if you just can’t make it to the store then you’ll be thrilled to know that you can also order your favourite Tessa’s Bakery goodies online via their website.
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After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.