If you dream of old-fashioned desserts with fresh cream and homemade jam then The Cook and Baker may well be your heaven on earth. Nestled on Oxford Street a few blocks up from Westfield Bondi Junction, The Cook and Baker has been a local favourite since they opened in 2012.
Hailing from New Zealand, owners Cherie Bevan and Tassie Tauroa wanted to capture the essence of the bakeries of their childhood. They make a number of New Zealand-style goodies, including Louise Cakes, which are made up of a thin layer of cake topped with raspberry jam and coconut meringue, as well as traditional treats like custard tarts and lamingtons. Their doughnuts run out the door in the hundreds each week so get in early.
The Cook and Baker are passionate about using their family recipes and the best ingredients they can find. Organic products are used where possible, and the team make each element of their food from scratch. As well as baked goods, the cafe also serves a number of savoury options like ratatouille pies, frittatas and roast pork and apple slaw sandwiches, which are available daily.