I have been told more than once (by Corry and Felicia) that I need to try the macarons from Cacao in St Kilda. Unfortunately, the fact that I live Northside has meant that I haven’t managed to cross town on a macaron hunt. While Cacao has a shop at the GPO in the city (and actually, now that I check their site, also in Little Collins st), for a long time, the GPO shop didn’t stock macarons at all. The other day I was very pleased to spy a brand new, purpose built case, filled with macarons:
Cacao has a wide selection of flavours (much more fun than the standard chocolate and rose). From left, we have liquorice, strawberries and cream, hazelnut praline, jam and cream lamington, salty caramel, short mac, tangy lemon, pistachio, raspberry cream, coconut, dark chocolate and passion fruit.
I selected a ‘salty’ caramel and a strawberries and cream ($2.20 each). The tangy lemon was also a strong contender. The girl behind the counter told me I had chosen her two favourite flavours – a good omen.
I tried the salted caramel one first because I cannot get enough of that flavour combination. Unfortunately, the macaron was a bit dry and chewy and there was a gigantic air pocket as well. On the positive side, the caramel was rich and salty, studded with crisp little shards of fleur de sel. Yum.
The strawberries and cream macaron had perfect texture – slight crispness and then a soft inner. The shells were filled with a somewhat jelly-like strawberry sauce, with a surprise of vanilla buttercream in the centre. This was really, really good.
So all in all, the salted caramel was a bit ‘meh’ texture-wise, but the flavour was great. The strawberries and cream was great all round, with excellent texture, good flavour and a little surprise to boot! I am keen to try these again.
UPDATE: I have since tried these several times, and my experience has veered from ‘good’ to awful (I tried a macaron that was as hard as a hockey puck). Lack of consistency is often an issue with macarons and unfortunately it appears Cacao has the same issues. If you give them a try, let me know what you think – did you get a good macaron or a bad one?
Cacao Fine Chocolates and Patisserie
Ground floor, Melbourne GPO
Corner Bourke and Elizabeth street, Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9662 4777