Beat the bunny – here are some of the best Easter treats to seek out across the Gold Coast
Let’s be honest, Easter is a glorious time of year when the diet can be (jovially) thrown out the window – you can’t avoid it, so you might as well enjoy it! We love nothing more than a good Easter egg, but sometimes we just want something a little extra. We’re talking hot cross bun ice-cream sandwiches, chocolate-coated dippy eggs and much, much more. Yep, we’ve gone on an Easter hunt of our own to bring you the best Easter-themed treats going around town. Enjoy!
Salted caramel cruellers at Tarte Bakery: If you immediately reach for the gooey Caramello egg in the Cadbury mixed bag, you’re going to love Tarte’s devilishly sweet Easter creation. Inspired by everyone’s favourite Caramello, it begins with chocolate crueller filled with salted caramel, glazed in rich chocolate and topped with crisp toffee shards, chocolate egg pieces and a dusting of 18-k gold dust. It’s decadent and downright delicious.
Cake decorating and wine at Madisons Cafe Broadbeach: Wine and cake decorating make for a pretty excellent (and delicious) Easter activity, if you ask us. Lucky for us, the fine folk at Madisons Cafe at The Oasis Broadbeach agree and are satiating sweet tooths with some seriously toothsome design-your-own chocolate Easter cake workshops on April 7, 8 and 14. The workshop includes wine and nibbles, and at the end you’ll have your very own edible masterpiece. If you have little ones in your life, there are also some kid-friendly Easter cupcake decorating classes. Call Madisons on 07 5592 6933 to book a spot.
Sip EGGspressos at Forreal Kitchen: We all have that friend who orders an ex-presso, well this Nobby’s noshery is slinging EGGspressos, which is a shot of espresso in an Easter egg and topped with chocolate whipped cream. Not a coffee person? Slurp one of the bunny milkshakes, and if you’re in the mood for something a little stronger, try the Creme Egg affogatos. You can thank us later.
Creme egg cheesecake waffle at Oh My Waffle: If there’s one holiday Oh My Waffle in Burleigh Heads froths, it’s Easter. This year the dessert demi-gods have gone all out with a ridiculously decadent creme egg-topped cheesecake waffle, a Biscoff-flavoured cheesecake Easter egg (more flavours coming soon), plus, its annual hot cross bun ice-cream topped with speckled eggs, toffee shards and butterscotch sauce. One word, yum.
Hot Cross Cake from Bam Bam Bakehouse: Hot cross bun, but make it a cake! ‘Hot Cross Bun’ spiced sponge with a belly of vanilla custard and salted caramel, topped with a spiced milk-chocolate mousse and a hot cross bun glaze. The pastry team will also be making family-sized versions for the Hot Cross Cake (serving around 6-8 hungry bunnies), which will also be available to pre-order for pick-up from Easter Friday through to Easter Monday.
Easter Dippy Eggs at Paddock Bakery: We’re not yolking around here, the much-loved (some would say legendary) Easter Dippy Eggs are back at Paddock this year, and we’re egg-static! Egg-cellent puns aside, the decadent daytime dessert includes two Cadbury milk chocolate easter eggs filled with vanilla whipped cream and a salted caramel ‘yolk’. As if that’s not enough deliciousness, it’s sided with fresh strawberries, mini marshmallows, malted Milo and pretzel-cookie crumb, and of course, the all-important ‘soldiers’ aka Paddock’s cinnamon doughnut dippy fries. Available every day from 7:00 am. You need this in your life.
Sip magic potions and treat yourself to a magical high tea: Forget magical beasts, this Easter, QT is serving sorcery of the culinary kind. The wizards have whipped up the most magical delights such as Butterbeer and fiery potions concocted in the labs. Meanwhile, you can give in to your ‘guiltea’ pleasures with a magical-themed Easter High tea filled with sugary delights such as a white chocolate and lychee castle, lemon and saffron arancini and an incredible vanilla Bavarian cream-and-hazelnut spider. Available from Friday April 15 to Monday April 18. Meanwhile, Bazaar is guaranteed to hit the sweet spot as executive wizard Greg Benny and his team of elves have transformed the Marketplace of global flavours into a world of wonder. Complete with edible dessert creatures, slow-cooked meats and fresh seafood, this quirky Easter spread will have you immersed in a new world of feasting. Book here.
Hot cross bun ice-cream sandwiches with chocolate sauce: If you’re more of a ‘pig-out in private’ kind of person, we get it and so too does the team at Harris Farm Markets, which is why they’ve gone and dropped this tastebud-teasing recipe for at-home consumption. Take a peek at the recipe here and then swing by Harris Farm Markets to pick up the ingredients.Get a little nutty at Dorsett Gold Coast: Okay so this one is a little pre-emptive however, from next week, Dorsett Gold Coast’s Jin Bar is releasing two delectable Easter-inspired treats for sweet tooths young and old! The venue’s indulgent cocktail The Nutty Easter Bunny is an irresistible combination of Hershey’s chocolate syrup, Baileys, Frangelico, Kahlua, whipped cream and honey, topped by Cream Eggs, of course! Meanwhile, kids can get their sugar high from The Bunny Hop Milkshake, which is topped with thickened cream, yummy Cadbury eggs, chocolate flakes and marshmallows!
Get a little mad at the JW Marriott Gold Coast’s Mad Hatters Tea Party: Curiouser and curiouser, this Easter, you’re invited down the rabbit hole at JW Marriott. For one day only the resort’s Tamborine Gallery is being transformed into a colourful world of wonderland sweets and treats (think Mad Hatter’s chocolate and pistachio cupcakes and Queen of Hearts cookies) all hand-crafted by the JW’s award-winning pastry team. The curious culinary wonderland will take place on Thursday April 14 from 2:00–4:00 pm – book here. That’s not all, kids (and big kids) can learn the art of chocolate making with executive chef Paul Smart at the JW Marriott Gold Coast’s Easter egg decorating class on Wednesday April 13 and Saturday April 16 from 11:15 am to midday. The class is $25 per person and you can book here. Finally, round out your Easter weekend of chocolate-filled fun with an Easter egg hunt on Sunday April 17.
Take a dip in the chocolate fountain at Harvest Buffet: Forget only enjoying chocolate for a few days this Easter and instead treat yourself to a month of chocolate-dipped happiness with Chocolate Month at Harvest Buffet at The Star Gold Coast. From Nutella-drizzled pizza to white chocolate mud cake, chocolate nut tart, chocolate cherry pudding and, of course, Harvest’s Wonka-esque flowing chocolate fountain – chocolate lovers will be in absolute heaven this April.
Get a little tipsy with this grown-up boozy bunny at Crafty’s Sports Bar: Who says Easter sugar highs are just for kids? Harbour Town’s Crafty’s Sports Bar has created a luxe, grown-up style Easter treat that’s sure to indulge sweet tooths and cocktail connoisseurs alike. Be enticed by the Brandy Bunny, a heavenly combination of St Remy brandy, Mozart white chocolate liquor, cream and Crafty’s own house-made white-chocolate syrup. Is your mouth watering yet?! Hop, don’t walk to Crafty’s and drink up, the Brandy Bunny will be available until the end of the Easter weekend.
Love a freshly baked hot cross bun? Us too! We’ve compiled a list of a few of our faves – check it out here.
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