Begun recently by its eponymous owner, Marie Antoinette in North Melbourne has swiftly made a name for itself selling a range of different baked goods. Marie Antoinette Khougaz started the business first as a home bakery that has grown now into its first bricks-and-mortar store.
And the store itself is well-known to connoisseurs of the Melbourne baking scene. Formerly the home of Natalie Paull’s beloved Beatrix, the Marie Antoinette store in North Melbourne hasn’t aimed at all to recreate the chiffon-cake style of the old store.
Instead, owner Marie Antoinette is aiming to bring her own style of pastry to the area, selling items inspired by her Egyptian heritage—like knafeh—alongside traditional French delicacies, a range of Italian deli sandwiches, and Roman-style pizzas.
Entremets, however, a classic French dessert, remain a favourite of Marie Antoinette’s, given that it was this layered mousse cake that introduced her to the world of baking in the first place.
“It was about 2010, and Mum bought the explosive raspberry entremets from Burch & Purchese,” Marie Antoinette told Broadsheet.
“What hit me was the amazing layers of flavours and how much everyone was knocked out by it. It was the best cake I had, and that inspired me.”
The rotating range of entremet flavours at the bakery include strawberries and cream with strawberry jelly, vanilla sponge, and berry cream; pecan with glazed pecans, caramel praline, and cremeux, and hazelnut sponge; and black forest with blueberry and cherry jelly and a chocolate almond biscuit.
The shop has a small area available for seating but is currently operating on a predominantly takeaway basis.