Gelato Messina Launches VHS Gelato Cake for Father’s Day

Have no idea what to gift your dad for Father’s Day? Why not a VHS-shaped ice cream cake?

To celebrate the holiday, Gelato Messina has launched a limited edition offering of VHS tape-shaped gelato-chocolate cake.

The cake, which is chocolate-orange flavoured, is layered with vermouth gelato, almond crunch, Negroni gel made with Archie Rose gin, and blood orange mousse. For the final touch, an edible VHS chocolate layer tops the cake – what’s not to love?

You can order the cake here – but be quick, it has sold out in numerous locations.

Recipes: Best Citrus Desserts

If you like your dessert a bit tart and not too sweet, citrus might be the right choice for you. From oranges to limes and lemons to pomelos, you can’t go wrong with these fresh fruits. Here are a few recipes to get you cooking…

Upside Down Winter Citrus Cake by Broma Bakery

Who says citrus is only good for summers? This beautiful cake will freshen you up and fulfil your daily vitamin C requirement.


Light Key Lime Cheesecake Shots by Sprinkle Bakes

The small size of the shots make this great for dinner parties.


Shortbread Lemon Tart by Taste and Tell Blog

It’s like lemon slice bars, but in a wheel that you can share… or eat on your own.


Orange Creamsicle Truffles by Homemade Hooplah

This sweet confectionery is not just fancy, but also easy to make!


Grapefruit French Macarons by La Fete de Emily

For those advanced in baking, try your hands at these delicate macarons.

Gingered Pomelo Sorbet by Gourmet Creative

End your dinner with a healthy, refreshing touch of pomelo!

Event: Sweet Expo, Sydney and Melbourne

Whether you’re a baking aficionado or just have a sweet tooth, this event is for you.

Sweet Magazine presents Sweet Expo, a two-day exhibition dedicated to all things cake decorating and baking. You can shop the latest kitchen gadgets and cake decorating tools, learn from renowned decorators and pastry chefs at demos, and eat your way through with chocolates, coffee and baked goods from artisan and specialty producers. You can also get some inspo from masterpieces of sugar and cake on display for the Sweet Expo competition and get your vote in.

Tickets start from $19 a day per person, and entry for children under 12 is free. For more information, visit Sweet Expo’s website.

August 26-27, 9.30am-4pm | Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Road, Olympic Park

November 18-19, 9.30am-4pm | Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale

Max Brenner Drizzles Chocolate on Anything for Free This Friday

Do you know this Friday is World’s Chocolate Day? To celebrate, Max Brenner is covering your stuff in melted chocolate.

On Friday, July 7, customers can bring in anything to a Max Brenner shop to get in drizzled in chocolate for free.

So far, the shop has suggested to bring the following: burgers, pizzas, salads, shoes, avocado toast, magazines, or your boss. However, animals and forbidden/inappropriate items cannot be drizzled – other than that, it should be good to go.

All Max Brenner stores across Australia are participating, so get ready and get excited.

Event: Festival of Chocolate, Sydney

Got winter blues? Festival of Chocolate is back this year to fix that.

The two-day festival of sweet indulgences will be back at The Rocks this August, featuring cooking demonstrations and chocolate making by artisan chocolatiers and industry heavyweights such as Dean Gibson, Kirsten Tibballs (Savour School Melbourne), Jean Michel Raynaud (La Renaissance Patisserie) and more. You can also enjoy a wide range of chocolatey goods – bean-to-bar chocolate, macaroons, chocolate custard profiteroles, gelato, and even espresso martini topped with Nutella balls!

Sydney’s top foodie joints will also participate, including Black Star Pastry, Gelato Messina, Serendipity Ice Cream, Jasper & Myrtle, The Profiterole Project, The Dessert House, Dessert Jars by Rocco, The Vogue Café, and Piazza D’Oro.

Be there or be square! For more information, visit the smooth Festival of Chocolate website.

August 12-13, 10am-6pm | The Rocks, Sydney

Nutella Road Trip is Back on the Street

Nutella Road Trip is back this month – and everything is free. Yep, you read that right.

After last year’s trip around Sydney and Melbourne, The Nutella food truck is back to tour NSW and Queensland from June 22 to July 5. The menu, created by The Nighthawk Diner’s Alistair Fogg who’s back for the second year, offers six Nutella-rich dishes. Expect both sweet and salty food, such as crumpets, sweet potato pretzels on toasted brioche, egg waffles, and more.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Sydney, Henry Deane Plaza, Haymarket, Thursday 22 June, 7.30am – 10.30am
  • Manly, Manly Wharf, Friday 23 June, 7am – 10am
  • Penrith, Tench Reserve, Saturday 24 June, 8am – 11am
  • Central Coast, Erina Fair Shopping Centre, Sunday 25 June, 10am – 12pm
  • Newcastle, Wheeler Place, Monday 26 June, 8am – 11am
  • Port Macquarie, Hay Street Forecourt, Wednesday 28 June, 7am – 10am
  • Coffs Harbour, Big Banana Carpark, Thursday 29 June, 9am – 12pm
  • Northern Rivers, Lennox Head Forecourt, Friday 30 June, 7am – 10am
  • Byron Bay, Bryon Bay Services Club, Saturday 1 July, 8am – 11am
  • Gold Coast, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Sunday 2 July, 9am – 12pm
  • Brisbane, Reddacliff Place, Monday 3 July, 8am – 11am
  • Sunshine Coast, Alexandra Headland SLSC, Wednesday 5 July, 7am – 10am

Expect the toaster on wheels real soon! For more information, visit the Facebook page.

Recipes: Fluffiest Sponge Cakes

Sponge cake is one of the most popular of its kind for a good reason – not only is it fluffy, luscious and light, but it’s also very customisable and easy to make even for beginners. Feeling uninspired? Here are a few recipes involving sponge cakes that you can try at home…

  1. Basic Genoise Sponge Cake
Source: No Gluten Recipes

The classic one that you can serve alone, or with strawberry jam and buttercream – yum!


  1. Orange Sponge Cake
Source: Jeannie Tay

Look at that fluff! Combined with the tangy taste of orange, this cake is to die for.


  1. Chocolate Sponge Cake
Source: As Easy As Apple Pie

Mixed with the succulent taste of cocoa powder, this one is a crowd-pleaser.


  1. Matcha Sponge Cake
Source: Nasi Lemak Lover

For the maximum satisfaction, serve this Japanese green tea-inspired cake with adzuki (red bean) cream and/or white chocolate mousse.


  1. Tiramisu Layer Cake
Source: Sweet and Savory by Shinee

Regular sponge cake, served with layers of espresso and tiramisu cream – what’s not to love?


  1. Black Sesame Sponge Cake
Source: Molecular Recipes

This one is made in a microwave with molecular gastronomy techniques – perfect if you want to try something different!


Which one will you try this week?