If you're running out of time to make desserts this Christmas, despite your best intentions, we've got you covered.
New South Wales
Flour and Stone, home to some of the best lamingtons in Sydney (they soak their sponges in a rich panna cotta, then sandwich them with fresh berry compote, and finish with dark chocolate and flaked coconut) and that lemon drizzle cake, has taken the stress out of planning Christmas sweet treats.
Their festive season bestseller, hailing from owner Nadine Ingram's early days in the biz, are their hand-iced gingerbread and panettone. The Italian theme trickles into their Christmas cake, which is laced with nuts and chocolate, perfect for the fruit cake-adverse.
Be prepared to cough up your supplier to guests.
Pav fans can order one of their handmade shells, ready for you to 'zhuzh' up and accept all the glory for. White panforte are also on hand for gifting or grazing on. Or, order one of their regular cakes, like their fudgy sour cherry brownies or the aforementioned tangy lemon and almond drizzle cake. Be prepared to cough up your supplier to guests.
53 Riley St, Woolloomooloo
The Bondi Beach bakery specialises in Israeli treats, so expect bouncy knots of challah, puffed crescents of chocolate and cinnamon laced rugelach, and some western goodies, too, like a rich dulce de leche cake and zingy lemon meringue tart. Orders are available for pick up or delivery if you spend more than $100, and these guys are open Christmas Day if you're after a breakfast and coffee fix at the same time.
40 Mitchell Street, North Bondi
For some, it just ain't Christmas without a trifle. There's something about those nostalgia-tinged layers of fruit, jelly and custard cream that screams "it's the 25th of December, friends". Messina's Christmas Coma trifle is high on the sunshine factor, with layers of passionfruit mousse, guava whipped jelly, macadamia crunch, whipped coconut cream, mango-soaked sponge and mango sorbet.
It all gets a troppo crown of fresh tropical fruits and handmade chocolate coconut at the end. The trifle arrives with a large glass bottle of Messina rum custard, a branded glass trifle bowl, 5 x Messina Christmas crackers (some are hiding free Messina scoops and a year's supply of Messina) and a branded cooler bag. Expect smiles all round when this sunset-hued baby hits the table.
Cannoli royalty Pasticceria Papa have released a special 12 Days of Christmas collection of eclairs, plus three decadent Christmas logs, to dial up the Christmas cheer. For the eclairs, choose from flavours like the Papa Knows Best, filled with their signature piped ricotta, or raspberry, Nutella®, and pistachio mousse. Traditionalists are well catered for with their cherry and chocolate log cake, where layers of featherlight chocolate sponge meet with white chocolate mousse, ganache and sour cherry sauce. Papa's famous baked ricotta cakes have been given a festive twist too, with Christmas plaques and larger servings available. Of course, there are also those rows of crisp, ricotta-filled cannoli under that deluge of icing sugar, ready for the taking.
Bondi, Haberfield, Five Dock
Andy Bowdy is doing his bit to ease your nerves this Christmas by bringing back his epic Christmas trifles. Available in four flavours (tiramisu, the mango and coconut-forward Eliza, peach, bourbon and maple custard-laced Philly, and the drunken Christmas fruits-led Pasan), the creations were inspired by the boozed-up bowls of Bowdy's childhood. A glass trifle bowl by Salt & Pepper is included to sweeten the deal, and pick up is from Saga Enmore only.
178 Enmore Rd, Enmore
According to their website, sugarplum fairies and elves have sprinkled their magic all over LuxBite's atelier of treats.
You can taste this via an array of sweet pretty things, like their picture-perfect Christmas wreaths: a vanilla tart pastry shell filled with whipped jasmine tea-infused white chocolate ganache, matcha cream, candied orange peel, strawberry crispy pearls and a chocolate ribbon. There's a handcrafted gingerbread house that arrives in a gift box, gingerbread baubles, and larger Rudolph-themed celebration cakes featuring layers of coffee and milk chocolate mousse, pearl jelly, choc-almond crunchies, and an airy red velvet and almond sponge cake.
38 Toorak Rd, South Yarra
Lovers of French sweeties are looked after at Noisette. It's tough to look past their celebration cakes, of which the tangy passionfruit tart, Tarte Profiterole and always impressive Gateaux Opera are favourites.
But these sticklers for French pastry tradition are also baking gingerbread men and houses this silly season. Get involved.
84 Bay St, Port Melbourne and 412 Centre Rd, Bentleigh
Cookbook author Kathy Tsaples' Prahran Markets stall is known for its snaking queues of punters keen to snag her homemade Greek syrup cakes (hello, coconut syrup cake), biscuits (all hail the melomakarona) and cheese-filled pastries (we're looking at you, bougatsa). Expect all these and more at Sweet Greek, and don't leave without trying their baklava cheesecake – you've been warned.
Shop 702, Prahran Market - 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra
This shrine to panettone features the lighter-than-air Italian classic in a range of flavours, like chocolate and cherry, traditional fruit, and pistachio. These artisans are well-stocked in Italian-themed edible gifts too, so you'll knock over some of your Christmas shopping in the one hit: think panettone, chocolates, and candied fruits.
Spoilt for choice? Go their classic Pandora panettone, made from an egg and butter-rich leavened dough that's light, fluffy, with a deep yellow colour. It comes with its own sachet of vanilla icing sugar to give it a snowy French Alps-like effect.
920 Lygon St, Carlton North
Australian Capital Territory
Got a penchant for pfefferkuchen (German gingerbread)? We don't blame you – all those warm spices and that sweet, chewy biscuit base. Get your fix at Kingston's Silo Bakery + Café.
While you're there, you can stock up on Christmas stollen (German yeast-based cake-like fruit bread), Christmas cakes, pudding, panforte, fruit mince pies, and Christmas-themed marmalade and biscotti to stuff in those stockings.
36 Giles St, Kingston
Mark Olive uses lemon myrtle and river mint in place of the traditional lemon rind or sweet mint to flavour these chocolate-coated coffee beans. They'll keep for a long time stored in an air-tight container, perfect for Christmas gifting.
Take some stress out of hosting a festive lunch with these express trifles that look bright and rosy and still pack a boozy punch.