Easter is on the horizon and for the sweet tooths amongst us, this is seriously egg-citing news. After all, what other holiday is celebrated by stuffing your face with as much chocolate (and other sugary treats) as humanly possible? So grab your stretchy pants and hop along to these bunny-approved spots for some next-level Easter feasting.
CBD, Manukau, Newmarket and selected BP Connect Stores
When it comes to doughnuts, Krispy Kreme know no wrong. So when we heard they were bringing back their hot cross bun flavour for another year, we were beyond excited. Think all the things you love about Krispy Kreme (let us count the ways), with a little sprinkling of Easter magic. Choose from their Cinnamon Hot Cross Bun Doughnut, filled with cinnamon crème and topped with cinnamon white chocolate icing, or the new Choc Cross Bun Doughnut, filled with chocolate crème and topped with milk chocolate ganache and chocolate biscuit crumb icing. As for the cross, you'll find this delicately piped on the top with white chocolate icing.
Britomart, Fort Street, Morningside and online
Ah Miann, we can always count on you for epic seasonal treats, be it at Christmas, Valentine's Day or in this case, Easter. Speaking of which, we're head-over-heels for your Easter menu this year, especially your giant cacao egg, decorated with a portrait of a bunny that's so pretty, we'd hang it on our wall if we could. However that's not to overlook your decadent hot cross buns (made even more indulgent when stuffed with a scoop of your famous gelato), handcrafted chocolate bunnies, and cute Easter-themed gateaus and macarons (those chickens, though!). Oh, and we've also seen that some of your hot drinks currently come dusted with a chocolate bunny—we def want one of those, too.
Ima's hot cross buns are the stuff of legends, known to cause queues and stop traffic (okay, maybe not that last part, but we have been told that more than 1000 orders were placed for them the day before Easter one year). One bite of these bad boys, and you'll soon discover why they're so popular—the base is wonderfully dense, bursting with currants, spices and orange peel, all topped off with a unique custard cross. The tastiest HCB's in town? We may have to agree.
The Pie Piper/Doornuts
EASTRIDGE, K' Road and online
We have just four words for you: Caramel Creme Egg Donut. Yes, the talented team at The Pie Piper/Doornuts have done it again, with what we're picking could be the city's most coveted treat this Easter. Think one of their signature, American-style donuts dipped in dark chocolate ganache, loaded with caramel buttercream, chocolate pearls and the pièce de résistance—half a Cadbury Caramel Creme Egg. And that's not all, they've also created another limited-edition Easter treat—the Hershey's Easter Egg Donut, glazed with vanilla icing, crushed Hershey's Easter Eggs, and a generous helping of sprinkles, available in vanilla or chocolate. Everything in moderation, right?
House of Chocolate
Beach Haven, Takapuna and online
House of Chocolate certainly know how to make Easter treats with the X-factor, including their coveted hand-painted eggs. Yes, whether its speckled, splattered or sprayed, these contemporary choccy treats have been a popular choice with Aucklanders since their inception a couple of years ago, and look more like a work of art than something you eat. But make no mistake, these are more than just a pretty face, made from premium Vahlrona chocolate and with some hiding a handful of delicious chocolate dragées.
OKO Dessert Kitchen
OKO have gone all-out this Easter, with a selection of decadent treats that shout 'eat me!'. If you like your desserts loaded, don't go past the Easter Egg Sundae—it's even more delicious than it sounds, combining Swiss chocolate and vanilla ice cream with bits of peanut butter cookie dough (yes, you heard us right), Belgian chocolate drizzle and of course, Easter eggs. Those who like their sweets with a little more finesse may prefer the Easter Bunny Cake, which combines cheesecake mousse, strawberry cream and graham cracker crumbs in a beautiful creation that's (almost) too pretty to eat.
The talented bakers at Amano are putting a twist on tradition with their cheekily-named Not Cross Buns and just quietly, we think the conversion rate for these is going to be high... Think fluffy, fruit-filled brioche with a little custard surprise on the inside, topped with cream cheese and a citrus cinnamon glaze. Not a cross in sight, but dough-licious all the same.
Constellation Drive, Epsom, Grey Lynn, Mt Eden, Mt Wellington and Orakei Bay
If you're planning on visiting Farro this Easter, be sure to bring along your self-control. From cute, hand-decorated cookies in the shape of chickens and other cute critters, to festive-coloured Easter slabs and teeny-tiny hot cross buns that at second glance, turn out to be marshmallows, you're probably going to want one of— well—everything. They also have a heap of other more traditional treats on offer, including choccy Easter eggs and bunnies, and gourmet hot cross buns (the real kind).
Britomart and online
Dedicated dessert bar, Milse is also getting in on the Easter act, with a range of beautifully crafted goodies that again, look more like something you'd find in an art gallery. Amongst them are Easter egg macarons, Cointreau Cream Egg Bon Bons, and our fave, the 62% Satilia Daisy Easter Egg, intricately constructed from latticed dark chocolate and decorated with bright yellow daisies. Save this one for someone spesh (or maybe just yourself).
Newton and online
Finally, we've heard that The Caker has something very special in store for Easter this year— a hot cross bun cake. Although details of this treat haven't been officially announced just yet, if their day-to-day offerings are anything to go by, we're already sold. In the meantime, we'll be watching this space with baited breath.
Image Credit: Little 'Lato
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