Judy Murray’s favourite cake shops on the tennis tour.
1. Hopetoun Tea Rooms, Block Arcade, Melbourne
Gotta love this place. Good old Victorian splendour in the historic Block Arcade in central Melbourne. You really should be wearing a hat and gloves to eat here. It’s tres elegant. Afternoon Tea is an absolute must. Forget the savouries, just get wired into the homemade scones, cream-filled lamingtons, fresh fruit tarts and the piece de resistance – the strawberry pavlova. Yes, please.
2. Tricycle Cafe Bar, Hobart
What a find this was. Wedged in the corner of a converted sandstone warehouse in Salamanca, beside the Peacock Theatre. Great coffee and a yummy “breakfast trifle” served in a tall glass with rolled oats, grains, poached apricots and yoghurt. Way too healthy! And the cakes were just divine. Favourite? Moist almond and orange sponge, served with fresh cream (of course) and raspberries. Everything was organic and free range. Almost justified the piggery.
3.Crumbs Bake Shop, New York
I love a cupcake. Well more than one, actually. And Crumbs has a zillion to choose from. All perfectly formed. And lovely to look at. Rather like my favourite Spanish tennis player. So how do you choose? Of course you have to sample several. Would be rude not to. So my favourite is Squiggle – choc sponge filled with vanilla buttercream, smothered in thick choc ganache icing and a squiggle on the top.
4. InDulge, Auchterarder
Ok, so this isn’t strictly on the Tour schedule. But it is my undisputed No 1 cakery when I’m home. Colin and Amanda do a phenomenal line in home baking. They also like to tell you exactly what they put in their cakes. Like vegetables and chilli. Best not to ask. Would put you off. Well, almost. Tops for me is the traditional Coconut Jam Sponge. The sponge has coconut through it (kept moist with a spot of milk in the mixture, apparently) and the icing is always thick (very important) and soft. World class.
5. Said, Rome
Now this is a chocolate heaven. It’s a converted chocolate factory and you’ll find it in a courtyard just off Via Tiburtina in San Lorenzo. If you make it past the handmade chocolate displays, there’s a wee cafe/restaurant which is decked out in antique chocolate making utensils and moulds. Moulds as in cake, not as in fungus. Pretty funky place. I recommend the Torta Di Pere E Cioccolato – a moist choc sponge with pear slices. When in Rome, remember what I Said.