A lovely little New Zealand bakery has opened up inside Yuan Café in Binjiang. New Zealander Colby has always been a keen home baker and now thankfully she has started a bakery so that we can all enjoy her delicious baked treats.
It’s a family friendly place with children, you almost feel like you’re not in China at all, but have wandered into a bucolic small town café that could easily be anywhere in the western world.
Colby makes donuts, cupcakes and cakes (Chocolate, Red Velvet, Carrot), cookies (Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter), muffins, truffles and some special items like Lemon Square, Bannofie Pie and Caramel Square. Items cost between 8-20RMB and 10-inch cakes go for 200RMB.
The Caramel Square (12RMB) had a thick coconut base, thin layer of caramel and an even thinner layer of chocolate topping. It was sticky, gooey and addictively scrumptious. One bite and it caught our attention immediately. We had never tasted a combination like this before and Colby told us caramel squares are quite a common homemade dessert in New Zealand.
The Chocolate Cupcake (15RMB) was another must-try with moist chocolate cake, chocolate ganache icing and peanut butter buttercream. Enough said.
Colby will use New Zealand chocolate, butter, milk and cream for her baking. Prices are very reasonable for such high quality authentic baked desserts. Drinks include Whittaker’s Hot Chocolate (25RMB), Manuka honey lemon tea (20RMB), green and chamomile tea (15RMB). Coffees can be provided by Splash Restaurant. In fact, diners at Splash and Kiwi Cakes can sit anywhere in the restaurant and order food from both establishments.
Kiwi Cakes is open Thursday - Saturday from 9am-4pm and they deliver in the Binjiang area only, and also for a minimum order of 150RMB. Hangzhou residents take note - interesting things are happening in Binjiang.