While even an average hot cross bun is pretty good – a short spell under the grill and a good knob of butter will transform any baked good into a minor miracle – a great hot cross bun (like some of the following) is worth celebrating. These are some of our favourite west coast bakers spreading happiness this Easter.

Grain Bakery (six for $12, 12 for $22)
This new suburban bakery in Lathlain has hit the ground running with its selection of classic and gently tweaked baked goods. For Easter, baker Brendan Stone and his team will be producing a semi-sourdough hot cross bun spiked with nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom. Two buns will be available. Choose from either a traditional fruit-filled version or a bun crammed with chocolate chips. Available from March 29.

Knead ($3.50 each)
Knead co-owner Robby Thomas is bringing some Canadian flavour to Easter this year. Inspired by the “lassie bread” – a spiced fruit and molasses loaf – that his grandmother baked for him as a kid growing up in Newfoundland, this slow-fermented bun goes big on rum-soaked fruit and spice. Unlike many buns, Knead’s hot cross buns are sold unpiped and are simply scored and glazed.

Mary Street Bakery ($2.50 each, six for $13)
The local flour power success story is bringing back its popular hot cross buns across all of its stores. Take your pick from a traditional fruit-filled bun or go Mary Street’s choc-orange variant.

Big Loaf Factory Bakery (six for $15)
Available at North Street Store, Little Loaf Bakery and a growing number of Perth cafes and outlets, Big Loaf’s buns remain faithful to owner Lachlan Bisset and Craig Stewart’s hot cross bun ideal: cakey, plush and heavy with Earl Grey-soaked fruit and spice.

Miller + Baker (six for $15)
Miller + Baker has been a hit since opening in late 2019 – not surprising considering it’s one of the few bakeries in Australia to mill its own flour. Its semi-sourdough hot cross buns are available with a traditional fruit mix, or chocolate chip and orange. The bakery will be open from Good Friday to Easter Sunday over the Easter weekend and buns can be pre-ordered online for pick-up any day till Easter Sunday.

Wild Bakery (six for $14)
Rich in spice and dried apricots, the hot cross buns at this South Fremantle favourite speak to Wild Bakery’s attention to detail. In addition to its traditional buns, a family-sized Easter chocolat – dark chocolate mousse on a chocolate fudge base with a layer of raspberry, coated in milk chocolate and hazelnuts and finished with a white chocolate and raspberry ganache – is also being offered. Pre-orders are welcome via the bakery’s new website.

Bread in Common ($2.50 each, six for $12)
Following the same organic, produce-first approach as Bread in Common, the bakery’s woodfired yeast buns are made with organic flour and cinnamon and are heavy on currants and sultanas. Available from Bread in Common in Fremantle and Common bakery in Nedlands.

Strange Grains Gluten Free Bakery ($3 each, six for $15)
This specialist Shenton Park bakery is offering customers gluten-free, vegan hot cross buns in both traditional fruit and chocolate versions. A paleo version is also available on request.

Canteen Pizza
This breezy seaside pizzeria is celebrating Easter Canteen-style with a special Easter edition of Pizza & Pinot on Easter Monday. Swing past for cannoli piped with a hot-cross-bun-inspired filling and a by-the-glass list of highlight pinots made using terracotta and concrete eggs. Sister restaurant Il Lido is selling traditional and chocolate-button hot cross buns.