I still remember the first time I stepped into Brunetti Carlton around 3 years ago, it was as if I had stepped into a sweet wonderland. There were fridges and freezers that rose to the ceiling lining the entrance, housing a plethora of cakes and gateaux; a display cabinet expanded across 3 shop fronts showing off everything from meringue cookies, gelato to small gateaux and if that isn’t enough the shop was decorated with gigantic jars of Nutella.
3 years on, I’ve heard quite a bit of criticism about Brunetti, with words like “mass-produced”, ” quantity over quality” being the most popular. Frankly I do agree, I’ve tried a good number of their creations and it is really a hit and miss, some are amazing, some seem to just exist to make up the variety. However, till this day to me it is still a theme park of sweets, waiting for me to explore (they do have a huge range!). Also, if I’m not making a celebration cake myself, it is one of my favourite places to order, since I do think they are quite reasonably priced.
Here is just what we ordered on a recent trip.
Velvety smooth chocolate mousse hiding a centre of decadent salted caramel, set on a layer of crunchy hazelnut. Beautifully presented and it really hits the cravings, though it can get overwhelmingly sweet after a while.
Intensely rich and chocolatey and not too sweet, making this fondant very addictive. This cake has to be one of my favourites so far. Also I quite enjoyed the slightly dense texture of the cake, it gives you a feeling that you are really delving your spoon into something decadent.
We also ordered the NY cheesecake (6.50) and chocolate mud cake (6.50). I apologise that there are no photos for this as every single photo I took was blurry. Neither of these were good, I would actually go as far as to say they were a complete waste of money. Somehow I could taste a lot of flour from the NY cheesecake instead of the normal creamy sweetness of the dairy. The chocolate mud cake was dry and lacked the intensity a mud cake should have, you would be better off getting a whole mud cake from Woolies.
Over the years, it almost seems like a game I play every time I go, exploring the range and noting down the hits to order again and the misses to never pay for ever again. It is quite a bit of fun for me and being close to Uni it is great for those times when I really need a sugar fix.