Get your sugar fix with these local businesses offering takeaway during lockdown
04.08.2020

Get your sugar fix with these local businesses offering takeaway during lockdown

WORDS BY TALIA RINALDO

Just because you're in lockdown, doesn't mean you need to forego dessert

Desserts, sweets and treats have the power to make us all very happy… and with everything happening in the world right now, it’s never been more important to seek out moments that make you happy.

With the belief that a simple sugary-treat can help you forget the world’s problems, and with regional Victoria’s new restrictions looming, we thought we’d point you in the direction of some well-made treats that you can pick up or get dropped at your door for when you need a little pick-me-up over the next few weeks.

Miss Love A Catering – Lara

If there’s one thing us Victorians need right now, it’s donuts. And lots of them.

Thankfully, Geelong-local Haley Stratton that brought you Miss Loves A Coffee, Miss Loves A Donut and Miss Loves A Catering, is masking up and continuing to sling delicious, fresh handmade donuts (and coffee of course) from her van for residents locked down in Lara.

Depending on your mood, you can indulge in a classic cinnamon or jam-filled donut, otherwise Haley recommends their delicious salted caramel or Nutella donuts. All served hot, and washed down by locally roasted Capra Coffee from Geelong, there’s truly no better way to get through lockdown.

What makes these donuts truly elite is the heat factor. Made fresh to order, the minimal fryer-to-mouth time keeps them hot and crisp on the outside, soft and pillowy on the inside… Sweet dreams are made of donuts like this.

Due to current social distancing and health regulations, Haley has installed protective screens to ensure you can enjoy every last bite ‘Rona free. Please keep the recommend distance from others when popping down to get your iso treats!

Just be careful of the jam spray when you take that first bite: it comes out hot, delicious and very unpredictable.

Stay tuned to Miss Loves A Catering Facebook page for regular location updates, as well as donut competitions!

Baking Bliss – Geelong

Everyone loves a good cupcake. Whether you’re a loyal chocolate fan, or you’ve converted to the red velvet, Nutella, or salted caramel camps, you are probably — like us — always on the hunt for that perfect cupcake… and now we’ve found not only the perfect cupcake, but also a business that will deliver them direct to our door.

Opening up only recently on Ryrie Street, Baking Bliss is your one-stop cake shop, specialising in creating not only amazing cupcakes, but also stunning celebration cakes, cookies, and macarons with the freshest ingredients available. They even have a complete range of cake and cookie decorating supplies for all the at-home bakers.

As we enter lockdown and we accept the fact we’ll be spending the next six weeks in our comfiest Pyjamas, it doesn’t mean we can’t do so with cupcake in hand thanks to Baking Bliss’ new delivery service. Having to close their doors to the general public, the team will be delivering cupcakes, tarts, macarons and fudge free within 5km of Geelong’s CBD. Think cupcake favourite flavours like strawberry, Mars, Nutella, lemon, and Red Velvet, alongside some more exciting flavours like Mermaid, Cookies N Cream and a Cookie Monster! We’re already salivating…

For the at-home chefs or the amateurs just wanting to give it a whirl, you can also get cake decorating supplies delivered to your door.

Lockdown 2.0 just got a whole lot sweeter.

Minimum order is $20 and deliveries will be made after 4pm. Message your order through Facebook or call Trsh on 0422142852 for a delivery quote. Prior arrangement can be made for pickup from store for Geelong customers only Tuesday to Saturday.

Great Ocean Road Ice Creamery and Chocolaterie – Bellbrae

The winter months in this region were made for cosying up with a cup of hot chocolate, and while we imagined our winter with a little more freedom, lockdown doesn’t mean that we have to resort to the traditional Cadbury powder and hot milk to get us through. Thanks to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie, they’ve taken their annual Hot Chocolate Festival online, continuing the celebration of the humble cup ‘o cocoa with 31 kinds of exotic flavours that can be delivered direct to your door.

Without having to leave your blanket on the couch, the GORC have decadent ’31 flavour challenge boxes’ and ‘do it yourself’ kits available. The challenge box includes 31 different hot chocolates and come complete with four components to make all limited-edition Hot Chocolate Festival flavours. This includes the 31 flavour infused melts in milk, dark, white, ruby or caramelised white couverture; matching interactive ingredients such as exploding marshmallows, truffle balls, gooey biscuits or pipettes to take your hot drink to the next level; extra couverture chocolate shot; and matching handcrafted marshmallow. Yum!

If all this time at home has you feeling inspired, then the creative DIY hot chocolate boxes are definitely worth looking into. Within the kit, you’ll find milk, dark, white, ruby and caramelised white couverture chocolate pastilles and 12 different exotic ingredients to craft into 24 different ‘hot choc spoons’ to dunk, melt and whisk into hot milk at home any time. The skys the limit, but think of the amazing concoctions you can achieve with salted caramel, mint chips, fudgy caramels, freeze-dried raspberries, chai spice powder, and cookie crumbs, among other ingredients.

If hot chocolate isn’t really your vibe but you’re still wanting to increase your sugar intake, the team of Chocolatiers and Pastry Chefs have created some extra special Lockdown Treats to keep the next six weeks sweet for you and your family at home. You’ll find a cookie making and decorating set, brownie and fondue DIY kits, and their famous Ultimate Rocky Road Box, inclusive of 31 different rocky road flavours.

What a time to be alive!

You can order your isolation treats from the website in preparation for one helluva chocolatey August. Delivery is Australia-wide.

The Cheesecake Shop – Belmont & Leopold

Some things in life are just better together. Bert and Ernie. Gin and tonic. Cheese and cake. If the humble pairing of cheese and cake brings you some solace, you cannot go past the particularly indulgent, cheesy masterpieces from The Cheesecake Shop… especially now that they deliver to your doorstop.

From the traditional classics to the outrageously wicked, there’s a cheesecake for every tastebud this lockdown. You’ll find a number of enticing creations like blueberry cheesecake, wild strawberry cheesecake, a French glaze vanilla continental cheesecake, wildberry baked cheesecake, Mississippi baked cheesecake, and the holy grail of dessert with an American baked cheesecake. Your grandmother will have to forgive us, but it truly is the best cheesecake.

If you’re not totally sold on cheese, or just want to mix it up every now and then, The Cheesecake Shop dabble in a number of other options. There’s the black forest torte, strawberry fields torte, double choc strawberry torte, caramel mudcake, double choc mudcake, rainbow cake, and even the iconic Aussie pavlova. Catering to a range of dietary requirements, you’ll even find a delicious vegan chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, and a vegan strawberry chocolate cake with strawberry frosting – completely dairy-free!

If you’re intending to stock up for the entire week, we also recommend you add in a few of their indulgent cupcakes! With heavenly cream cheese frosting packed full of flavour and rich mudcake bases injected with delicious fillings – you might be endlessly drooling until you try them all.

With two stores in Geelong, one in Leopold and one in Belmont, all your sugar cravings can be sorted for both in-store pick up and next day delivery via the website, OR you can find them on UberEats and Menulog.

You can find The Cheesecake Shop at 112A Mt Pleasant Rd, Belmont, and at the Gateway Plaza Leopold (621-659 Bellarine Hwy).

Twisted Dessert Bar – Geelong CBD

While heading to a dessert bar and indulging in the sweetest of treats with some of your best humans is one of our favourite pastimes, heading to the couch with said treats is just going to have to do for now.

Located on the corner Little Malop street, Twisted Dessert Bar is a go-to place for anyone who has a sweet tooth with their range of cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, brownies, slices and truffles… and lucky for sugar-crazed people like ourselves, they’re on both UberEats and Deliveroo for all our iso needs. You can order ‘a spoon full of sugar’ in the form of Red Velvet cake, New York Cheesecake, vegan cupcakes, Donut pudding (yes, you read that right), caramel apple waffles, salted caramel chocolate tart and of course the indulgent brownie.

Alongside the sweets, they’re also slinging hot chocolates, iced frappes, and cappuccinos via the app if you’re in need of an extra hit… Just try to say no.

Find Twisted Dessert Bar on UberEats and Deliveroo or order via their website.

Sweet Adeline Desserts – Coming Soon

With all this talk of lockdown, we thought we’d also give you something to look forward to.

Please give a warm welcome to Sweet Adeline Desserts. Spawned from the notion that life’s all about following your dreams, Sweet Adeline Desserts promise to offer something truly special to Geelong; something sweet, with a touch of the whimsical.

Creating beautifully crafted desserts, combined with the vintage character of Theodore the dessert caravan bar, the dream team travel from event to event, bringing a distinct charm that is sure to impress. The “Teddy Van” has been lovingly restored, maintaining the integrity of his classic swagger, therefore making him the perfect complement to any styled occasion – be in your hens, birthday, wedding or even just a lavish celebration with the girls…

The hero of Sweet Adeline is most certainly the wow factor of their artisanal desserts. Using fresh and locally sourced ingredients combined with the latest techniques, Sweet Adeline Desserts continually produce innovative dessert designs. The multiple layers of their creations bring a harmonious balance of flavours and textures that will tickle your taste buds, and they offer a range of creations that seamlessly blend with each event setting, creating a wide appeal.

Each month, they’ll be releasing a range of new and exciting FROM THE MENU desserts, their FROM THE BAR creations will be merging cocktails and desserts especially for the grownups, and they’ll even be offering unique FROM YOU custom designs, created in collaboration with the client to complement their special day.

But even if you aren’t looking to cater your next big event, and you are simply looking for some sweets to treat yourself, they will be offering online ordering of their tasty morsels. So, for all you sugar-lovers out there who believe any excuse will do, Sweet Adeline Desserts have got you covered!

Sweet Adeline will be launching in Geelong, September 2020.