Yes the hot cross buns have been in the supermarkets since Christmas, but it’s finally here. The long awaited long weekend where you can eat and drink your chocolate fix guilt free! Here’s our round up of the best spots to satisfy your sweet tooth this Easter:
Our favourite inner city café is always a wonderland of towering pastries, twinkling fairy lights, roaming animals and overflowing florals, so when The Grounds says they’re transforming into an Easter wonderland, you know things are going to get wild. True, a lot of this is meant to be for the kids (cookie decorating, biscuit making, circus workshops, they can even make their own flower crowns) but boy oh boy do we want to join the Easter Egg Hunt. On Easter Saturday at 8.30am thousands of hidden eggs will be waiting to be uncovered. It is called a “Kids Easter Egg Hunt”, so maybe let the little ones find them ok? There’s even an extra special Golden Egg prize. Hop back in on Easter Sunday to watch Australia’s “largest hollow egg” get cracked open. At 2.8m tall, it’s a whopping 400kg of chocolate and will get smashed up (only after having been styled by the amazing Therese Moussa and displayed in its very own Humpty Dumpty set). Beware, last year more than 1,000 people came to watch the smashing. If that’s not your scene, pop into the café anytime and try some of the special Easter sweets – the golden egg cupcakes and bunny pastries are too cute to eat. Almost. Or sign up for one of the master classes in Easter Cake Decorating. You’ll wow your relatives with a layered naked cake.
Kid’s Easter Egg Hunt, 8.30am, Easter Saturday April 15th
Cracking of the Giant Easter Egg, 2pm Easter Sunday April 16th
Make this the year you go couture. Couture chocolate that is. Barangaroo’s Oh! Boo chocolates are setting the bar high with a stunning range of personalised chocolate treats for your special someone. There are 15 different pieces in the collection – from plump hand painted white chocolate chooks and eggs, to bunnies and lollipops – and each one can be paired with a personalised plaque. Fanny Chan is Oh! Boo’s maître chocolatier, and is famous for her trend setting flavours – think green tea with macadamia, or strawberry and coconut, along with your traditional milk, dark and white chocolate. From $5, 1/33 Barangaroo Avenue, The Streets of Barangaroo, (02) 9356 8876,
Supersized buns, Bourke Street Bakery
We like big buns and we cannot lie! Bourke Street Bakery’s supersized hot cross loafs are back, and they’re tastier than ever. Along with your traditional fruit (BSB’s orange peel and seasoned currant buns are legendary), there’s now a Belgian chocolate and cranberry loaf that’s flying off the shelves. Literally. Baked fresh each day, these big beautiful buns are gone by lunchtime so get in quick!
Ex-MasterChef contestant and dessert mastermind Reynold Poernomo’s KOI Dessert Bar is year round the stuff sweet dreams are made of but this Easter we’re all going hoppin made. Ok, ok enough with the puns, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Koi’s ground floor café will be serving Egglicious and Easter Garden desserts, and then upstairs in the dining room there’s the Just Got Laid (stop it!), an edible golden egg that needs to be seen and savoured to be believed.
From April 11th, www.koidessertbar.com.au
Andy Bowdy’s brand new café/pastry den opened just a few weeks ago but it’s already captured our sweet tooth with its teeny towering cakes, mouth watering pastries and fresh sandwiches. And this year Easter they’ve transformed the humble hot cross bun with a fried bun. That’s right, a sugared, fruit filled deep fried parcel of goodness. Available over the Easter weekend – preorder to make sure you don’t miss out!
Grab a malt shake, hop into a booth and get stuck into Daisy’s Milkbar’s brand new sticky cherry and apple filled buns. The gooey, jam centre is the cherry on top, to a freshly made, well spiced bun. These little guys are going like hot cakes but don’t worry, the Inner West’s favourite retro café will be selling their hot cross buns for the entire month of April. They know we’ll need a post Easter pick me up! Image by Parker Blain
Easter cocktails, InterContinental Sydney
Who said you had to eat your Easter goodies this year? A liquid diet might be in order, when you about the InterContinental Sydney’s tasty new tipple. Over the long weekend the hotel’s Supper Club will be serving up a Barney Egg cocktail – think Havana rum, Baileys, hazelnut bitters, salted caramel and milk sipped straight from a giant chocolate egg. Did we forget to mention the mini pot of Nutella that comes as a side “garnish”? Now that’s a serious chocolate shot. At $30 a pop, just one will have you buzzing! If you’re looking for something for the whole family to enjoy, book in for an Easter high tea on Easter Saturday and Sunday in The Cortile – bunnies, scones, macarons and more await. Supper Club: Thursday April 13th, Saturday April 15th