5 next-level Easter treats to try in Cape Town

From hot-cross-bun doughnuts to bunny bum cupcakes, Cape Town’s bakeries and chocolatiers are pulling out all the stops with these epic creations. Here’s where to grab some Easter treats to make your long weekend that much sweeter.

The Creamery (Mouille Point, Newlands, Palmyra Junction)

This Cape Town scoop shop has brought their hot cross ice cream back to the menu just in time for the Easter weekend. The cream-based custard is swirled with a hand-blended mix of warm spices and currants to give it that unmistakable and oh-so-comforting hot cross bun flavour. Good news for gluten-intolerant hot cross bun lovers: this version is gluten-free. The flavour is available at all stores throughout the Easter long weekend. Get yours for R37 for a single scoop or R60 for a double.

Four & Twenty (Wynberg)

Head to this cosy café for an abundance of freshly baked Easter goodies. For the traditionalist, there’s a warm and delicately spiced hot cross bun with citrus confit, currants, sultanas and raisins. It’s served with a side of silky spiced apple butter as well as farm butter for extra comfort (R36). There’ll also be some adorable Easter Bunny Bum cupcakes with flavours of lime, basil and coconut, filled with a lime and basil curd. The tops of these treats are white chocolate and coconut ganache with coconut butter icing and a white chocolate and coconut truffle ‘bum’ (R36). If you’re a chocoholic, go for the dark chocolate and speckled egg nest with a chocolate cupcake, mousse-y ganache centre and a topping of chocolate butter cream, Valrhona shards and, of course, speckled eggs (R36).

Jason Bakery (City Bowl and Green Point)

Remain calm: Captain Bread’s annual hot cross buns are back and this time they come in multiple forms. While the classic, spicy version is still a hot order, it’s Jason Lilley’s other Easter-themed creations that have us drooling. On Saturday, the weekly doughssant is dedicated to the traditional Easter bun with a hybrid hot cross bun and croissant mash-up. The spice-enriched dough will be filled with dried fruit and cream cheese frosting with a delicious citrus glaze to seal the deal (R65). To avoid disappointment, order ahead of time. There’ll also be marshmallow egg-filled mini croissant (R40), carrot cake-filled doughnut (R30), spiced cheesecake with cranberry and citrus compote (R50), Easter shortbread cookies (R40 for two), dark chocolate truffles stuffed with gingerbread fudge (R30), and vanilla marshmallow bunny tails coated in toasted coconut (R4 per marshmallow).

My Sugar (Sea Point)

This Sea Point chocolatier never fails to disappoint when it comes to food-filled holidays. For Easter, the team are taking things to another level with hand-painted chocolates and confections filled with the likes of butterscotch popcorn, white and dark chocolate fudge; along with cream eggs and caramel-filled eggs, and marshmallow-filled bunnies. The Easter collection ranges from R75 to R250 per treat. Also important: They’ll also be serving hot cross bun doughnuts (deep-fried hot cross buns filled with milk tart).

Some of My Sugar’s handpainted creations. Photo supplied.

Velvet Cake Company (City Bowl)

Visit this city bowl cakery before the Easter weekend to get your sweet treat fix. The shop is offering cute little bites like dark chocolate bling bunny cupcakes filled with a secret chocolate centre and topped with a fluffy meringue (R225 for a batch of nine) and Easter-themed cake cups filled with vanilla cake, chocolate centre, homemade custard, sprinkles and a marshmallow egg topping (R28 for one, R252 for nine). You’ll also be able to order your favourite cake to enjoy at home, topped off with Easter egg sprinkles and bunny ears.

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