The Mid-Autumn Festival is fast approaching, which means that it’s time to indulge in some seriously delicious mooncake. For the uninitiated, Mid-Autumn Festival, or Mooncake Festival, is the second largest celebration in China and several Asian countries after Lunar New Year. This festival celebrates the harvest when the moon is at its fullest. While it is autumn in China, hence the name, the festival takes place during Melbourne’s spring. Mooncakes are shared and eaten during this time. This year, Mid-Autumn Festival will be on Saturday September 10. You should be able to find mooncake in any Asian grocery, but if you need some pointers on where to go, we’re here to help. In this list, you’ll find some awesome bakeries around Melbourne that will satisfy your mooncake cravings.
This cake shop in Melbourne serves a wide range of deliciously light Asian cakes. However, they’re also selling a deluxe Moon Cake Gift box. These handmade mooncakes feature eight flavours: coconut & taro, lotus & salted egg yolk, brown sugar & dates, chestnut, spicy beef, salted egg yolk lava, honey & red bean paste, and cheese & milk. This limited edition gift box costs $139, and is available for pick up or delivery every Thursday and Sunday from August 18. During the week of the Mid-Autumn Festival, it will also be available every day.
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2. Amour Desserts
The mooncakes at Amour Desserts are so popular, that they sell out fast! Pre-orders for these signature handmade mooncakes are available now, for either Melbourne delivery or pick up. Try traditional flavours like lotus paste or red bean, opt for a pop of colour with their snow skin mooncakes, or taste something different like their exotic Nyonya sambal mooncake.
See all the different flavours at Amour Desserts here.
3. Raya Melbourne
This small bakery on Little Collins Street is serving up handmade mooncakes in boxes of six. Inside, you’ll find three traditional mini mooncakes. They are: white lotus with macadamia and salted egg yolk, bandung red bean with lychee and rose, and hojicha with chestnut and orange blossom. The other three are Lunecakes and feature a gorgeous spiral. The flavours are white lotus with egg yolk, pandan bean paste, and ube paste.
This box is available for pick up on select dates. Explore their website for more info.
4. The Langham
Treat your family and friends to a traditional white lotus seed paste mooncake with double egg yolks from the Langham Melbourne. This mooncake is made from high quality ingredients, and presented in an elegant wooden jewellery box for that ultra special feeling.Find more info here.
5. New Shanghai
This Chadstone restaurant is celebrating the season with a special mooncake menu. Enjoy a variety of sweet and savoury flavours, such as black truffle & pork, coconut & dates and durian paste. This is available from now until Saturday September 10.More info here.
Who doesn’t love Breadtop? This reliable bakery has stores all over Melbourne, so you won’t have to travel far for mooncake. There’s traditional flavours and gift sets, as well as chewy mochi mooncake in a variety of flavours, like durian, lychee and mango. Pre-orders are available online now.Find your nearest store here.
7. Fellow Mart
At this online dessert store in Melbourne, you can order homemade snow skin mooncake. They do pre-orders for pick up and delivery in select suburbs on certain dates. Send them a DM via Instagram to place your order, and keep an eye on their socials for the pick up and delivery schedule.Find them on Instagram here.
8. Joy Jaune
This small artisan patisserie in Preston serves handmade, freshly baked mooncakes. Their salted-egg custard mooncake is a crumbly crust containing custard made from Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean, with free range egg, butter and salted egg yolk.
Mooncakes from Joy Jaune are available for pick-up, or via Express Post, on select days. For more information, click here.
This beautiful bakery in South Yarra has gift boxes of pastries that are perfect for Mid-Autumn Festival. Enjoy a salty egg yolk pastry with white lotus seed paste, red bean paste or pineapple paste. You can also get a set with all the flavours if you can’t decide. These gift boxes come in a pack of six. Order online and pick it up in South Yarra.Find more information here.