Pastry chef Patchanida Chimkire caused an Instagram sensation during the 2020 lockdown with her Mali Bakes account, which showcased her colourful vintage-style cakes. She went on to open her first commercial kitchen and shopfront in Thornbury, before bringing her Asian-inspired cakes and sweets closer to the city in Fitzroy.

The menu here changes monthly, but offerings have included a matcha chiffon roll filled with sake-soaked cherries and white chocolate cream, a Thai tea custard tart, a small brioche treat filled with chocolate custard and, of course, a variety of layer cakes by the slice. Custom vintage cakes are also available to order online.

Produce is sourced from Northside Fruit and Vegetables and the Alphington Market, so expect a few seasonal surprises.

The cake window is reminiscent of the banana stand Michael Cera’s character works at in Arrested Development. Which is to say, it’s small. The space can comfortably fit no more than two people. Perch at one of the tables out the front and try to eat your cake slowly (it’s almost impossible).

Coffee is available from 8am, cakes from 9am.

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Updated: July 6th, 2023

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