Gelato and ice cream options abound at the southern end of the City, but decent cake is harder to find. We’d eyed the cakes at Kanzi Fashion Cafe during our previous visits for drinks, but were always full from lunch to want to fill up on cake that didn’t beckon us visually. For late afternoon tea with T and N on a busy afternoon, though, it was a most convenient option.
This is the Green Forest Cake ($7.50). It consists of layers of green tea sponge sandwiching green tea cream that’s with azuki bean throughout, topped with white chocolate shavings and drizzles of raspberry and kiwi syrup.
The sponge was light and fluffy, which is characteristic of Asian sponge cakes. As with Korean takes at green tea flavoured food, the green tea flavour is absent. It seems to happen because they use actual brewed green tea rather than matcha to flavour the food, which results in it lacking the strong green tea flavour and bright green colour found in Japanese green tea flavoured foods. What’s left is a sweet cake that’s super pale green (food colouring?). While the green tea flavour was lacking, the cake itself was enjoyable to eat even if it wasn’t amazing.
The drizzles of raspberry and kiwi syrup were a bit random — how do those flavours tie in with the cake?! — but otherwise very tasty! Especially the kiwi.
This time I tried the Mojito ($6.50) as an iced drink rather than as a slushie. I much prefer this version as it has the same flavour as the slushie, which I love, and without the chunks of pith, which I dislike.
While the cakes at Kanzi Fashion Cafe aren’t amazing, they’re not entirely bad. Their drinks, though, are great!
Kanzi Fashion Cafe is located at 393 – 399 Sussex St, Haymarket NSW 2000.