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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Baby Cakes by Renee, Summer Hill

madeira baby cake

There's little doubt that cupcakes are so in right now. One patty pan cake topped with a thick swirl of icing provides simultaneous worship of an idealised childhood, the dainty dessert, and the simple homemade girly aesthetic.

Dainty dessert becomes miniscule mouthful at Baby Cakes by Renee in the inner west's Summer Hill.

baby cakes by renee

About a dozen different baby cakes greet us in this cake shop /cafe. The cakes are baby-sized indeed.

hazelnut babycakes
Hazelnut baby cakes

Giant ones on the bottom shelf aren't quite so pretty though.

giant babycakes
Giant baby cakes $20.00

After some serious deliberation (we have trouble working out the difference between babycakes and gourmet cakes--the gourmet cakes are the ones squashed onto a plate at the back of the bottom shelf with more elaborate decorations), we eventually come away with six flavours in pairs (unfortunately preceded by some disconcerting eye-rolling and muttered sarcasm by the teenage weekend staff).

baby cakes
One dozen baby cakes $10.00

The cupcakes are all delightfully moist, the frosting sweet but not sickly.

baby cakes
Choc mint mudcake, mocha mud and strawberry mudcake

The hazelnut baby cake has a frosting similar in taste to Nutella, and I probably enjoyed this the most, along with the madeira and the strawberry mudcake.

baby cakes
Hazelnut baby cakes and caramel mud cakes

And although I always say I should just make my own and ice them myself, sometimes you just can't resist a flashback to a six-year-old's bliss.

baby cakes
Strawberry mudcake, mocha mud and madeira baby cakes

baby cakes by renee, summer hill sydney

Baby Cakes by Renee
Shop 3, 50 Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill, Sydney
(opposite Summer Hill train station)

Tel: +61 (02) 9797 6331

Monday - closed
Tuesday to Friday - 10am to 6pm
Saturday - 8am to 4pm
Sunday - 10am to 2pm

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Cupcakes on Pitt, Sydney
24 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 11/01/2006 11:09:00 pm


  • At 11/02/2006 1:41 am, Blogger Jess (fushmush) said…

    mmmm, they look so yummy.

    how long do you think the Cupcake craze will last? I can't imagine it will last forever.

    I feel sorry for all these stores who have based their entire business on selling cupcakes. Fads are very fickle!

  • At 11/02/2006 4:07 am, Blogger Yvo Sin said…

    Cupcakes are so in right now here too. It's a bit sickening sometimes but I happily indulge occasionally :) Great pictures, I want the chocolate mint one...

  • At 11/02/2006 1:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've been here a few times and have to agree about the rude staff there. So, glad it's not just me.

    The little cupcakes are cute and I get some when heading over to friends for coffee.


  • At 11/02/2006 9:52 pm, Blogger Food Hog said…

    Wow! they look so damn good and cute! (or is it coz of ur excellent photos??!)

    I might give them ago this weekend. The strawberry looks pretty, and the flavour white choc mud sounds good.

    Do u think Cupcakes on Pitt is better than this place AG?

  • At 11/02/2006 10:35 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Jess - I expect the cupcake craze will be here for quite some time. Because they are so steeped in childhood memory, I think their long-term appeal may surprise us all.

    Hi Yvo - A little cupcake never hurt anyone :) The choc mint wasn't as minty as I'd hoped.

    Hi belinda - Oh I'm glad (yet disappointed) it wasn't just us either. It was enough to make the others want to turn around and leave but I persisted "in the name of research".

    I remember thinking they would make a good afternoon tea. Something a little bit different anyway.

  • At 11/03/2006 10:54 pm, Blogger thanh7580 said…

    Cupcakes are really in at the moment. I read an article recently in the newspaper that said quite a few cake businesses had turned into dedicated high end cupcake businesses and were making a killing.

  • At 11/04/2006 10:39 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi thanh7580 - Like most crazes, I think money can be made in the early days, but things get tough again once the market reaches a certain saturation point.

  • At 11/07/2006 5:34 pm, Blogger Kat said…

    I wanna try this place out, if only to see how rude the staff really are! *lol* BTW, the link on the dropdown menu for this entry is going to the wrong post (Cupcakes on Pitt).

    And like food hog, I'm wondering which cupcakes you think are better?

  • At 11/07/2006 8:30 pm, Blogger Lil said…

    There's an article on the SMH on BabyCakes by Renee: http://www.smh.com.au/news/good-living/small-food-nation/2006/11/06/1162661608609.html

  • At 11/09/2006 8:21 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    I was very unimpressed with the rude service. We should have walked out after the first eye roll.

    At $1 a pop, I expect a little smile with my purchase.

  • At 11/11/2006 9:44 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    After reading the article in SMH I was thinking of going too. Interesting about the eye rolls, wonder what's the story with their attitude.

  • At 11/11/2006 2:02 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Kat o+ - Thanks for letting me know about the link error. I've corrected it now :) The perils of hand-coding...

    I found these cupcakes were very moist which was good. The ones here are of a more manageable size, but then who can resist a giant cupcake for a post-lunch treat during a stressful work week?

    Hi lil - Thanks. A happy coincedence with the Good Living publishing schedule.

    Hi Veruca - I think it was an unfortunate juxtaposition between happy childhood treat-yourself-and-feel-good atmosphere, and the impatient surliness that greeted us. A real shame as I think Renee has a very appealing product otherwise.

    Hi Temeraire - A small matter of immaturity and inexperience I would guess. I think this illustrates how powerful good and bad customer service can be.

  • At 11/11/2006 2:05 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi food hog - Whoops. Missed your comment. Sorry :)

    The cupcakes are cute. Anything small usually is :) As I said to kat, I think these were more moist but then these are mudcake variants, not sponge cake, plus the cake/icing ratio was heavily in its favour - lol.

    The cake batters here have different flavours too, whereas at Cupcakes on Pitt they are either chocolate or vanilla sponge. So they're all cupcakes, but different.

  • At 7/17/2007 4:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    tad on the expensive side tho :S

  • At 7/20/2007 6:12 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Anon - They are a little pricy, but tasty as you say :)

  • At 7/31/2007 5:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was hesitant to go to babycakes after reading some of the comments made by people.

    I went to get 3dozen of the little heavenly delights and was pleasantly surprised when greeted with warm smiles and patient service.. also even more pleasantly surprised when instead of getting 3dozen @$10 per dozen I was informed (by the lovely staff member) that you can get 50 for $35.. You would be crazy not to for that price..

    The cakes themselves were fresh and delicious and the varieties many and varied and all were delicious..

    I would recommend trying babycakes for any party as they are the most delicious morsel and great because you can have a few and not feel guilty...

    Don't always believe what you read it is worth discovering things for yourself

  • At 1/07/2008 12:26 pm, Blogger SydneyChick said…

    Oh I love baby cakes. A friend lives just up the road and I can be sure that for any event the baby cakes will arrive.

    Always moist and gorgeous and always a hit with the adults and kids.
    They are the perfect size so you can try one or two of the different styles.

  • At 1/07/2008 11:15 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi nikki71 - Great to hear about your positive experience. Everyone loves a bit of warmth and a friendly smile. It'll always bring people back!

    Hi sydneychick - They're a great size - altho' in my case it just means I want to try every single type! I'm not sure who they're a bigger hit with - the kids or the adults!

  • At 6/13/2008 10:18 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ive been here a couple of times and they are great treat with a coffee or to bring along to a friends place. They are good for there price at $1 each, as i have recently gone to cupcakes on pitt and they were $2 each and were just a plain chocolate or vanilla cupcake with an item of flavour on top instead of a flavour all the way through as babycakes are.


  • At 6/15/2008 10:20 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Jess - I've actually just bought a baby muffin tray so I'm looking forward to making my own baby cakes soon :)

  • At 7/07/2008 3:57 pm, Blogger Kat said…

    I'm told there's a Baby Cakes near Wynyard now. My favourite cupcakes are from My Little Cupcake in Neutral Bay. They only have 2 flavours, and their icing is super sweet, but I can knock back half a dozen within an hour, never mind the sugar migraine. :-D

  • At 7/08/2008 11:38 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Kat 0+ - Ahh the cupcake shops are propagating! I've zipped past My Little Cupcake but have yet to sample them. They sound good though!

  • At 3/05/2010 9:16 pm, Anonymous PastryPrincess said…

    i went to the wynyard shop yesterday and bought 8 tiny babycakes. they really are the size of cupcake babies! very cute though and that way you can have more and try more different ones... clever! ;) im glad i immediately took pictures of them because when i got home they had all been kinda mushed up in the box. havent tried them all yet but they're yummy little treats. will blog about them very soon!

  • At 3/15/2010 2:20 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi PastryPrincess - It's been amazing to see how Baby Cakes has grown as a company. Transporting cupcakes is always dangerous - best done via the stomach I say :)


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