If you've never seen the window display at Hawthorn café, The Counter, you've missed a vision of wonder. Cakes, slices and biscuits are stacked high, glistening like jewels amid dreamy cloud-like meringues. It's clear that sisters Michelle Blyth and Justine Curtis have a knack for elevating humble baked goods into items of beauty – and most importantly, morsels of true deliciousness.
After almost seven years of running the award-winning Replete in Hawthorn, the duo established The Counter in 2012. The small take-out shop quickly expanded into a popular café that garnered acclaim for its breakfasts. It was the tiny café's home-baked goods that had people coming back for more, though. Regulars and new customers alike couldn't leave without carefully selecting a box of slices, meringues, or cakes.
Enter Cremorne Street Bakers, wholesale and contract bakers that buck trends to create distinctive flavours. It's the natural next step for Michelle and Justine.
By supplying Melbourne's ever-expanding café scene, Cremorne Street Bakers ensures Melburnians can now get their home-baked lemon, passionfruit and coconut slice, gin and lemon cake or lemon curd and rhubarb tartlet right across the city.
From the first bite, it's clear that Cremorne Street Bakers is about family and history. It's homemade, not mass produced. Small batches straight from the oven, delivered with that rare old-fashioned customer service. All prepared by a happy baking team that's passionate about making an extra bite impossible to resist.