Canberra does not seem to have any traditional desserts of their own, but you will find gems in certain places that you will definitely find nowhere else.
12 Desserts You Need to Try When in Canberra
1. Bombolini Doughnuts
Bombolini is a local institution of Canberra. They make fluffy light Bombolini doughnuts in their markets. The doughnuts are filled with custards and jams. They’re basically custard bombs. Each week Bombolini provides eight flavours, including the regulars like Madagascan vanilla with wildflowers and dark chocolate with shaved chocolate curls.
Patissez Café is the home of the world-renowned Freakshakes. Yes, it is a worldwide drink but they are the OG. They got viral on Instagram, with good reason. They are monstrous shakes with toppings all over the top and the glass as well. They are very appealing.
3. Ice Cream From Frugii Dessert Laboratory
The ice cream here in the central Canberra suburb of Braddon needs to be tasted. You will find flavours like Tim Tam and even peanut butter and bacon. They are even experimenting with Paleo and more herb varieties of ice cream.
4. Salted Caramel Popcorn Sundae
This is the sundae that was featured on the cover of Australian Gourmet Traveller. It has now become a Canberra favourite. The most important element of this dish is the caramel. Dark toasty caramel gives a contrasting flavour to the chilled buttery ice cream.
A Cronut is a croissant-doughnut pastry. The pastry is filled with flavoured cream and fried in grapeseed oil. Ricardo’s is a popular place for cronuts. They are decorated with interesting toppings and a syringe filled with a delicious flavour. You can inject it into the cronut if you want.
Epic Brownie at Jamie’s Italian is a must-try. The fudgy brownie with ice cream and caramelised popcorn does make it epic. Warm brownies in Canberra are the perfect snack for your shopping day-out or just as dessert after dinner.
The chocolate tart is the most popular kind. It is known for its medium-density, good-quality chocolate filling topped with tiny, exquisite fruits. Silo is the most famous place for its chocolate tarts.
You can’t be in the district of The Dream Cuisine, with award-winning macaroon recipes, and not stop for some. High-quality dry fruits and nuts are used in these recipes. The flavours available can be unexpected, but very delicious.
9. Deep-Fried Oreos
A recent addition to the Smoque menu is the deep-fried Oreos. They are served with a scoop of Mr Frugii’s cookies and cream gelato. It consists of four whole Oreos that have been battered and deep-fried until crispy. The Oreos are warm with a melted middle so it gets the perfect amount of oozy.
10. Mr Scroll
Mr Scroll is a distributor of Oregano Bakery’s popular scrolls. Some of the favourites are the white chocolate mocha, Turkish Cherry Delight, cookies and cream, and the original cinnamon scroll. Scrolls are soft, fresh, and with multiple layers. They have a filling between those layers, making it moist and delicious.
11. Deep-Fried Mars Bar Cheesecake
When it first opened its doors, the Meating Room introduced its deep-fried mars bar cheesecake. The sensation of warmth in your mouth mixed with the richness of cheesecake and then the density of a mars bar, all in one bite, will rock your world.
12. Sweet Egg in Hay
Morks’ Sweet Egg in Hay dessert consists of two scoops of coconut ice cream, sweetened condensed milk, shaved coconut that is toasted, candy floss and crispy puff pastry. This dessert is heavenly. If you love coconut and coconut flavoured anything, you are bound to love this!