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The Best Hot Cross Buns in Australia

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If you haven’t already dug into a bag of hot cross buns, what are you waiting for? Easter is just around the corner, so we decided to round up a few of the best HCB’s you can find in Australia. From Black Star Pastry’s scrumptious glazed buns to Dench Bakers chocolate orange buns, here’s where to find the best hot cross buns.


Black Star Pastry X Koko Black

What happens when you combine Black Star Pastry’s dense, yet cushiony dough with Koko Black’s smooth, chocolate? You get a rich, indulgent hot cross bun, made with 60% dark chocolate.  The buns are sticky, sweet, and vegan (yes, vegan!). To top it off, the buns are brushed with a lightly spiced glaze, that seeps deep into the buns. Let’s not forget the chocolate cocoa cross. Pick up a single, six-pack or dozen-pack from Black Star Pastry stores in Melbourne and Sydney. Boxes can be pre-ordered online from March 13.  


Woolworths is launching what could be the perfect breakfast—a hot cross bun flavour featuring both coffee and chocolate. Available in a four-pack for $4, the Indulgent Mocha Hot Cross Buns are made with real Cadbury milk chocolate and are available at Woolworths stores and online. Keep an eye out for the Apple and Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns and other flavours on shelves.


Black Star Pastry

Black Star Pastry’s hot cross buns are dense, yet cushiony, sticky, spicy and sweet. They’re also entirely vegan. Pre-order from March 28 to April 18 here.

Flour and Stone

Who doesn’t love a treat from Flour and Stone? Unlike most hot cross buns, these are made with brioche, infused with rosemary and cardamom and studded with currants. Get their Easter buns delivered by the dozen or go in-store and pick them up.

The Grumpy Baker

The Grumpy Baker has various locations around Sydney, where you can go to pick up their much-loved hot cross buns. Paying homage to its founder’s Israeli heritage, these HCBS use Jewish challah dough, resulting in a rich and spongy flavour. They’re baked fresh on-site every morning and are packed with raising, choc chips and spice.

Banksia Bakehouse

Banksia Bakehouse is known for its out of the box pastries and cakes. Its HCBS are no exception. Expect sweet, spicy, sticky buns, filled with grapes from a family-owned vineyard in Mildura.


Falco Bakery

Falco Bakery brought traditional baking techniques with an innovative spin to Collingwood, and their hot cross buns are no exception. They are made using organic Australian flour, Australian fruit and cultured butter and milk from St David Dairy. Pre-order them now or go in-store to pick them up.

Dench Bakers

Fancy some fresh-baked artisan hot cross buns? Dench Bakers are delivering these hot buns to your door and more. Order a breakfast box with croissants, danishes, English muffins, and traditional fruit hot cross buns and chocolate orange hot cross buns. You can always by buns by the dozen too.

Black Star Pastry

Black Star Pastry’s hot cross buns are dense, yet cushiony, sticky, spicy and sweet. They’re also entirely vegan. Pre-order from March 28 to April 18 here.

Ned’s Bake

Find traditional hot cross buns, with dried sultanas, currants and candied mixed peel. Yes, there is a choccy version too.

The Hamptons Bakery

Coming from a chef who worked with Heston Blumenthal, expect big things here. The hot cross buns are expertly hand-rolled and stuffed with fruit that has been soaking since new year’s. Keep an eye out for the chocolate chai spiced hot cross bun.

Penny for Pound

Melbourne-born and bred bakery Penny for Pound has bought out three variations of the Hot Cross Bun to help celebrate easter this year. The freshly baked Hot Cross Buns are available in three fantastic flavours, traditional for everyone who loves an oldie but a goodie, chocolate for the sweet tooths in all of us and the brand-new decadent sticky date for those looking to try something new. Penny for Pound’s hot cross buns can be found at one of their three locations, Richmond, Moorabbin or Camberwell, and are $4.50 each or $22 for six.


Jocelyn’s Provisions

James Street favourite, Jocelyn’s, bakes some exceptional hot cross buns, that are lightly spiced and pleasantly fruity.

Belle Epoque

There are two HCBs you can pick up here. One is a classic, filled with tea-soaked sultanas, cranberries and oranges, soaked in spice syrup. The other is a chocolate bun, with tea-soaked figs, cranberries and orange, topped with Valrhona chocolate.

Cake and Bake

Apart from the best tarts in town, Cake and Bake also make fluffy, fruity, and delightfully spiced HCBs.

Dello Mano

Here, the chocolate hot cross buns are the star of the show. They’re stuffed with chunks of Belgian chocolate and are extremely irresistible.


Wild Bakery

There’s more than just hot cross buns here. You can treat yourself or a friend to Easter macarons, which come in flavours such as pistachio, dark chocolate, and of course, hot cross bun.

Raisin’ Bakery

The hot cross buns here are loaded with organic raisins, cranberries and house-made candied orange peel, thanks to its Japanese-French bakery influence.

Dunn and Walton

This one is for the vegans. Here, you will find certified organic vegan hot cross buns, that don’t compromise on the spices or fruits.

Mary Street Bakery

Come to Mary Street Bakery for massive hot cross buns. They’re fresh and fluffy, spicy and fruity, and well, they’re massive, so you can share. They also do a choc-orange HCB that’s turning out to be a crowd-pleaser.


The Lost Loaf

Made with sourdough, these fruit loaf like hot cross buns are scrumptious. Expect Australian apricots, sultanas, currants, figs, and spices to give it flavour. You can go in-store to pick up a six-pack for $18.


One of Adelaide’s finest artisan sourdough bakeries and patisserie is expected to make 20,000 hot cross buns this Easter. They’re in high demand, so phone ahead to place your order and pick it up.

Hobart and TAS

Jackman and McRoss

Expect an amazing array of pastries here—all baked on-premise. During Easter, they cook up a few batches of fluffy, sticky hot cross buns.

Sweet Envy

Sweet Envy is known for their cakes, but their hot cross buns are just as good.

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