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5 of the Most Instagram-Worthy Dessert Spots in South Africa

Do it for the ‘Gram.

Let’s be honest: eating sweet treats is half about the flavour and half about getting a good pic for the ‘gram. ‘Cos did you even eat that salted caramel waffle cone if you didn’t make at least five IG Stories in the process? These are some of our favourite local dessert companies making decadent desserts that taste as good as they look on your Instagram feed:

Sweet Lionheart

 

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Sweet Lionheart is an online patisserie here to make all of your pastel, floral and #aesthetic goals come true. Their custom-made treats are outrageously photogenic, featuring elaborate florals, textured buttercream and lots of that delicious-looking dripping effect going down the sides of their cakes. They also offer workshops, so if you’re someone who wants to up their cake decorating game from just sprinkling some hundreds-and-thousands and calling it a day then you need to book yourself in. You could learn how to work with buttercream or how to make cake pops that Nigella Lawson would double-tap on. And although the brand is based in Cape Town they occasionally open their orders and workshops up to Joburgers.

 

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The Velvet Cake Co.

 

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If you’ve seen an impossibly tall cake slice with multiple rainbow-coloured layers in the last while chances are it was from The Velvet Cake Co. The brand is well-known for their bright bakes and for never scrimping on the butter cream. Best of all they sell their cake slices in cute and cheap boxes for only R15. And if you’re in the mood for a cake that’s full of Smarties that pour out when you cut into it but are too lazy to leave the house, well you’re in luck, ‘cos The Velvet Cake Co. is now on OrderIn. Heart-eyes emojis all over the place.

 

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Plan B Dessertery

 

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For those of us who feel like a knife and fork are just slowing down our dessert consumption Plan B Dessertery specialise in ‘street food’ desserts i.e. treats you can just straight up stuff in your face. Think bubble waffle cones, ice cream tacos (right?!) and giant churros with caramel dipping sauce. They also do something called D’oh-Pops, which is just a bowl full of the crispy doughnut off-cuts (i.e. the best bit) covered in a sweet sauce.

 

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That Doughnut Guy

 

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In case you didn’t get the memo, the doughnut is the new cake pop and That Doughnut Guy is owning the Cape Town doughnut scene RN. He specialises in gourmet doughnuts, doughnuts full of creamy and jammy things, sourdough doughnuts and even vegan doughnuts.

 

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Oh My Cake

 

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Have you always wanted to eat a dessert that required you to inject some sauce via a syringe into it first? OMG same! Oh My Cake makes desserts that scream cute and exciting and are as delicious as they are colourful (which is very). Whether you want a cake with a cute sleeping mermaid on it or cupcakes shaped like your favourite emoji (it’s the poop emoji, be honest) or meringues in the shape of little baby chickens, this place has you covered.

 

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