Indulgence is the watchword of Easter and, as true festive gourmands, our tastes extend beyond chocolate eggs and foil-wrapped bunnies to the realm of irresistible hot cross buns (fruit-filled, plain or choc-heavy) and other themed sweet treats.

Whether you toast them, microwave them, chuck them in the air fryer or down them raw, we hope this Easter brings you all the HCBs you can handle. Here – in alphabetical order – are the best hot cross buns and other themed treats to enjoy this Easter in Perth.

Chu Bakery, Highgate

Chu Bakery boasts a solid reputation for hot cross buns. Husband-and-wife team Ryan and Seren Chu have been refining their recipe for over nine years. The sourdough buns are made with sustainable wheat flour, a blend of spices, whole orange puree, raisins and currants; the mixture is hand-shaped, baked and then glazed with spiced syrup. The whole orange puree gives the buns a natural sweetness. Half a dozen buns are $15 and available from 8.30am from their Highgate corner store, or pre-order to avoid missing out.

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Crumbs Patisserie, various locations

Pastry chef Julia Buri has taken her Easter treats to a new level this year. Choc-chip hot cross buns are out and Caramilk buns are in. There’s also even a Branston pickle and cheddar cheese option – but enough about savoury, we’re here for the sweets. The Applecross and Osborne Park bakeries are offering a Bunny ($10.50) made with a vanilla tart shell, early grey caramel, hazelnut joconde and mandarin mousse. And if that doesn’t have you hooked, then maybe the Carrot Cake Basque ($10) will draw you in. It’s a hybrid of vanilla burnt Basque cheesecake and carrot cake, topped with cream cheese frosting and toasted walnuts. Hot cross buns are $6 each or four for $20.

Grain Bakery, various locations

Both of Grain Bakery’s locations (Lathlain and Shenton Park) is stocking freshly made hot cross buns. These guys know that not everyone loves fruit in their hot cross buns, so they’re offering fruitless, chocolate and, of course, traditional. A pack of six of any flavour is $15 and pre-ordering is available.

Mary Street Bakery, various locations

Mary Street Bakery is raising the bar again, with its latest Easter creation set to hit all stores (West Leederville, City Beach and Highgate) next week. The Hot Cross Donut ($6.50) is dusted in cinnamon sugar and generously piped with orange peel-spiked spiced-vanilla custard. It’s a fun twist on the classic hot cross bun that’ll be available throughout the Easter period.

Merchant & Maker

If you’re in the south-west or heading down for the Easter break, Dunsborough’s Merchant & Maker is serving its freshly made glossy hot cross buns ($3 each or six for $14). They’re organic, vegan-friendly and have candied peel through them. Buns are available in-store or can be ordered online until Easter.

Miller & Baker, Perth CBD

Miller & Baker’s mantra for its hot cross buns is “Life’s too short for bad buns!” The Lake Street artisan bakery has been perfecting its new sourdough recipe for months, adjusting the levain with a longer ferment (which allows them to stay fresher for longer) and lots of freshly milled flour. The result is a balanced combination of spices (cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger), orange syrup, dried fruit, and homemade candy peel, and a piped cross on top. This year they’re packing their buns ($4 per bun or a box of six for $22.50) in custom-made boxes, designed locally by Studio Papa. Orders close 48 hours before collection, or you can pop into the bakery early.

Sue Lewis Chocolatier, Perth CBD

Chocolate eggs are a classic Easter treat, but have you ever experienced them in a bunny pot? Sue Lewis Chocolatier has brought back the Bunny Pot ($40) for 2024 and there’s a vegan and dairy-free option for those with dietary restrictions. The traditional mixed Bunny Pot is a treasure trove of mixed chocolates with mini eggs, bunnies and flat eggs. Topped with a chocolate dish, carrot and bunny bum. The dietary-friendly option is filled with dark and fruit chocolates.

Wild Baker, South Fremantle

The triple chocolate mousse cake ($8.80) from South Fremantle’s Wild Bakery takes indulgence to the next level. Topped with a nest of chocolate eggs, the cake consists of dark chocolate and white chocolate mousses and a crunchy chocolate layer. They’re also making traditional buns with fruit (six for $14.80) and a fruitless version made with pearl sugar (six for $13.80). Available in the shop every day, or for pre-order online.