ruby's patisserie – tuart hill
Ruby’s Patisserie, tucked away in an otherwise overlooked location, on all accounts looks like a quiet cake shop. Situated on Wanneroo Road, it would be lost to the masses of traffic and continental stores if not for word-of-mouth reference.
My 21st birthday cake was from Ruby’s – a cassata cake – was good, but nothing to coo over. With indifferent memories and a birthday cake to pick up, I made the trip to Tuart Hill expecting the unspectacular.
Looking pretty average on the outside, a quick glimpse inside revealed the beautiful artistic endeavours of a talented patissier. Ruby’s has certainly changed! Sugary tops gleam from the lines of various confections, luring passing eyes, seducing appetites to take a closer look and under a hypnotic haze, compelled to purchase! Eclairs! Macaroons! Flans!
I’m glad I followed my sister’s advice to ring ahead to reserve a cake – customers kept flowing in and out. Like diabetics on a sugar high, they happily floated out with their sweet purchases. Ruby’s has a well deserved reputation for occasion cakes – especially wedding cakes.
Chocolate and raspberry dome.
A chocolate and a cherry ripe macaroon.
I picked up mum’s birthday cake and impulsively bought four macaroons and a raspberry dome. The pink macaroon – the ‘cherry ripe’ – tasted faintly like cherry and coconut. The chocolate macaroon was delicious and rich. Both macaroons were perfect in texture – crispy shell, marshmallow-like interior and a slightly protruding foot. So cute. At $1.50 each, a sweet bargain.
The ‘Fraisier’ cake was stunning. If there was ever an ode to pink, this would take the cake! Hot pink candy stripes adorned the sides, the glazed crown topped off with a sail of ruffled white chocolate. Stripey inside and out, layers of vividly pink strawberry mousse and vanilla sponge lay within the cake. Whilst eating the cake, we all sat there wondering just how the patissier, Paul Skinner, managed to produce such a beautiful cake so accurately. The taste was delicate – in fact, it tasted a lot like strawberry Nesquik. Don’t be put off by the comparison, the flavour was creamy and for a mousse cake, was pleasant.
Finally, a place in Perth that sells decent macaroons!
Ruby’s Patisserie, Shop 89a Wanneroo Road, Tuart Hill WA 6060
T: (08) 9345 0612
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