Destiny Cakes and Savouries is one of those ubiquitous cafes popping up all over Liverpool - or so you think. This seemingly inconspicuous café is actually the 2013 winner of the most Outstanding Bakery/Cake Shop at the Liverpool Local Business Awards. Once you experience the hospitality and charm this place exudes, it’s really not hard to see why. Destiny Cakes and Savouries serves freshly baked cakes and Filipino sweets at excellent prices; with large portions, and with a great variety of vegan, gluten free, Halal and diabetic options.
View of the front
Situated next to One Moore Time, one of my favourite op shops in Liverpool: Destiny Cakes and Savouries is a cosy nook with a spacious and welcoming interior. While not polished or sophisticated, the café is adorned with lots of interesting bric-a-brac including vintage cake stands, paper Jack-o-lanterns, inspirational posters and fruit wall hangings.
Main seating area
The main seating area consists of two plump floral sofas, and a circular wooden table. This is perfect for a relaxing chat over tea or coffee with your loved ones. Like the rest of the café, the adjacent shelves are decorated with an assortment of flowers, stuffed toys, old photos and small ornaments. We couldn’t help but feel like we were somehow in an oddly fascinating emporium from the 1970’s.
Cakes in the window display
Behind the main seating area of sofas and tables, a window display showcases all the cakes available and signs demonstrating what was available to order. A smiling young face greeted us and patiently answered all of our questions about all the different types of cakes available today. There’s strawberry, mango, lemongrass, taro, coffee, mocha, Neapolitan, chocolate and brownies all baked in-house daily - and all priced at only $2 a slice.
They serve snacks too: empanaditas ($1), pies ($3-$5), hot chips ($2.50), wedges ($3.50) and Lebanese bread with a trio of dips ($6). Pancakes (served with syrup, cream and ice cream, $4), Dutch pancakes (served same as pancakes, $5) and banana splits ($6) are also popular here, and it’s not surprising given the great dine-in prices. Tea is a mere $2, while soft drinks (from $1.80) and iced drinks and milkshakes (all $3) are served in beautiful vintage glasses and crockery. There is also a menu which changes daily according to the weekday, with mains costing approximately $8. At such ridiculously low prices, Destiny Cakes and Savouries is the perfect place to relax without breaking your wallet. Especially when you’re a student like me.
Top: Latte. Bottom: Lemongrass cake slice.
Ultimately we decided to get a latte each ($2) and a lemongrass cake slice ($2). While the latte lacked the delicious smooth consistency and thick airy foam of coffee made by better baristas; it was presented beautifully in matching porcelain sets and tasted miles better than any other $2 coffee I’ve tried in Sydney. The lemongrass cake was filled with a thick pandan cream and pandan coconut jelly pieces between sponge layers, and lightly accentuated with notes of lemongrass. While vivid pale green is not my usual choice of cake colouring; the cake slice was enormous - about the length of my hand, and more than enough for two to share.
More of the quirky decor
Overall, Destiny Cakes and Savouries is a cake shop and café I would highly recommend visiting next time you’re in Liverpool. With such a quaint yet homely ambience; quick and friendly service - as well as great value for money: it’s definitely worth dropping by and sampling some of their goods.
Where: Shop 2, 85-87 Moore St Liverpool NSW
Why: Quirky decor. Warm ambience. Friendly service and fantastic prices.
Cost: $6 for a cake slice and two lattes
When: On a leisurely Thursday afternoon is awesome.