[News] Hundreds queue as the North Melbourne bakery closes

For second in line Andrea Kwon, it’s the pistachio and lemon cake, coated with thick buttercream icing, that holds a place in her heart.

“That’s the cake that my now husband got for me before we started dating,” she said. “That’s when I realised he liked me.”

Hundreds queued to snare one of the final 1300 slices of cake at Beatrix Bakes on Saturday morning.

Hundreds queued to snare one of the final 1300 slices of cake at Beatrix Bakes on Saturday morning.Credit:Justin McManus

Kwon was told the cake was off the menu while waiting in line, but she was later moved to tears when a slice was produced for her. “I did something magical,” Paull told her.

“I’m going to sit down and cry and cherish this cake,” Kwon said through tears and laughter.

But there is no special memory for her sister, Arielle Kwon. “I just like the cake,” she said.

News of the bakery’s closure sparked long queues over the past month.

A loyal Beatrix Bakes customer waits in comfort on Saturday morning.

A loyal Beatrix Bakes customer waits in comfort on Saturday morning.Credit:Justin McManus

The line to devour one of the final 1300 slices of cake on Saturday morning snaked all the way down Queensberry Street and around the corner onto Dryburgh Street.

A limit of eight slices per person was set to ensure most cake fanatics wouldn’t walk away empty-handed.

The final menu included blueberry coconut shag, red velvet cake with white chocolate cream cheese and butter cream icing, rhubarb and cinnamon crumble with custard, and vanilla slice with passionfruit glaze.

Paull said she felt overwhelmed by the support for her shop, which opened in 2011.

Paull was overwhelmed by the response to her bakery closing.

Paull was overwhelmed by the response to her bakery closing. Credit:Justine McManus

“I’m just so proud of it. It’s an honour to have baked for everyone,” she said. “I feel so sad that this part of it is ending, [but] I feel excited about the next steps for me.”

Those next steps include selling whole cakes online, finishing a follow-up cookbook to her first – also called Beatrix Bakes – and running baking workshops.

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