Paddock Bakery, Burleigh Heads: A Paddock hot cross bun with a thick layer of Pepe Saya butter is truly a culinary gift. This year, the team is slinging its OG buns alongside its sourdough Lindt chocolate variety for a little added decadence. Sorry, diet. Keep your eyes peeled on Paddock’s online orders to stock up.
Burleigh Baker, Burleigh Heads and Paradise Point: When it comes to baked goods on the Gold Coast, Burleigh Baker is always a crowd favourite. The team is once again delighting tastebuds with its famed hot cross buns, which are made using a brioche sourdough – not only do they taste fabulous, but they are crafted with gut-friendly digestibility in mind. This is true sourdough, using a natural leaven, which means the buns are first fermented for 24 to 36 hours. Online ordering will become available in April for those looking to stock up for Easter.
Tarte Bakery & Cafe, Burleigh Heads: Melding a little bit of London with a hint of Paris and a dusting of West Village New York, Tarte Bakery & Cafe delivers a mouth-watering array of rustic baked goods, hand-made sweet treats, brunch bites and specialty coffee daily. Amongst the assortment of freshly baked goodies you’ll spy some hot cross buns still piping-hot from the oven, but you’d better be quick, they’ve been known to get snapped up fast.
Fuel Bakehouse, Currumbin: If you possess a penchant for pastries, chances are you’ve stumbled upon Fuel Bakehouse in Currumbin and Cabarita. The display cabinet is brimming from the crack of dawn with edible delights – everything you see, from the Nutella doughnuts and the flaky croissants, to the savoury pastries, frittatas, wraps and eye-catching salads, are made in house from scratch daily. Keep your peepers peeled on Instagram here and here for the eagerly anticipated release of Fuel’s moreish hot cross buns coming oh-so-soon.
Marie Anita’s, Mermaid Beach: This gluten-free cafe and artisan bakery is well-known for its conscious, organic fare and delicious artisan baked goods and breads. This Easter, the Marie Anita’s team will be baking its hot cross buns fresh daily, which are entirely gluten-free, vegan, and cane sugar-free. Sit down and enjoy them with a coffee, or pre-order a batch to take home.
5B2F Bakehouse, Chirn Park: For those a little further north, you can’t look past the creations from pastry chef Moonsun Yoo. He has created a milky, soft bun, which is infused with cranberries, raisins and apricots – the fruits are all marinated in port wine first to ensure the buns have depth from first bite to the last. Your hot cross buns are in very good hands here, so grab a six pack (or two) to go.