They say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. But they’re wrong. Easter is. The season that starts as soon as the Christmas decorations are torn down – according to retailers anyway – Easter has us in the chocolate-themed spirit for months in anticipation of the big day, thanks to the ever-growing array of treats we can stuff into our gobs. It’s like the nail in the coffin after binge-eating at Christmas, before we inevitably celebrate not only the resurrection of Jesus but the resurrection of our diets, too. Without further ado, here are some of the best places to stock up on Easter goodies this year in Manchester.
Brewski is essentially dessert heaven right now – and honestly, we don’t know where to start. Infusing their array of puddings with the iconic Easter treat, the Cadbury’s Creme Egg, Brewski Chorlton will serve a Creme egg cookie pie cake until the end of April, alongside a selection of less-Easter friendly but very chocolatey puds such as the Daim cheesecake, Sticky chocolate crunchie pudding and the Kinder Bueno mousse pie. Brewski, 537-539 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, M21 0UE.
2. Grandpa Greene’s
Collaborating with Slattery on an epic Easter hot chocolate, guests can indulge in a delicious Easter egg, melted into a mug with a rich hot chocolate – before being topped with cream and Mini Eggs. In true Slattery’s style, it’s one that requires a serious sweet tooth to finish, but is well worth it for the rich, creamy flavours. Grandpa Greene’s, Ward Ln, Diggle, Oldham, OL3 5JT.
Fancy a bit of decadence this Easter? Caramello is serving up the most beautiful dessert dishes this Easter, consisting of half a chocolate eggshell and filled with creamy chocolate and Lindt mini eggs. The popular special sells out super fast, so head over early if you want to try it for yourself. Caramello, 10 Whitechapel St, Didsbury, M20 6UB.
4. Black Milk
Black Milk is back with a new look, and along with it comes a tasty Easter menu. We’re talking gooey Creme Egg Scotch Eggs consisting of a Biscoff cake mix and a lashing of white chocolate, alongside a chocolatey ice cream sundae filled inside half a chocolate egg and topped with Oreo crumbs and chocolate sauce. Black Milk, 88 Oldham St, M4 1LF.
Easter has arrived at Crumbled, and things are looking super cute. Enjoy homemade crumble topped with tons of custard, smarties, marshmallow and more, finished off with the cutest little fluffy chicks for the real ‘Gram factor. Crumbled, Mala Secret Garden, 8 Dale St, M1 1JA.
6. Midnight Delivery
7. Finch Bakery
8. Sweet Chorlton
Based in Trafford Park, Sweet Chorlton has gone all out for the sugary occasion, not only launching incredible Easter stuffed cupcakes filled with Maltesers spread and buttercream, but taking half Easter eggs and filling them up with Nutella, cookies and cream buttercream, Oreos and more. They’re incredibly Instagrammable and equally as tasty, too. Orders yours here.
Fress has been serving up the good stuff for quite some time, and now, they’ve upped the stakes even higher. Creating these delicious Easter treats, guests can enjoy half Easter Eggs filled with cheesecake, with flavours such as Kinder Bueno, Lotus Biscoff, Jammy Dodgers and, of course, Creme Egg. There’s a limited number available before Easter, so be quick! Fress, 62 Oldham St, M4 1LE.
10. Buzzy Bee
The Buzzy Bee bakery has upped their game for Easter, gifting us with their inventive mini egg buns (that look just like cinnamon swirls!), Creme Egg stuffed brookies, carrot cake cookies and half Easter eggs filled with cookie dough, chocolate and more chocolate. Buzzy Bee, 3 Hawthorn Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 1AA.
Chocolate royalty here in Manchester, Slattery has, of course, created some absolute masterpieces for Easter this year. We’re talking sculptured flamingo eggs, Jaffa Cake flavoured eggs, and posh eggs stuffed with truffles. While the best of the selection is only available for collection due to their carefully crafted nature, Slattery does have a selection of equally divine eggs and sculptures available to purchase online too. For those who want to dine in, guests can indulge in their new ‘Eggstra Special Desserts’ – which are thick easter eggs filled with sponge, ganache and toppings such as Jammy Dodgers, Chocolate Orange, Kinder Bueno and more. Slattery, 197 Bury New Rd, Whitefield, M45 6GE.
12. Cocoa Cabana
Cocoa Cabana sure knows how to take chocolate, and make it into a piece of art. From neon pink beauties and ombre painted creations, to geometric shapes and printed showstoppers that are almost too good to eat – Cocoa Cabana has some beautiful sweet treats to enjoy this Easter, which make for an eggstra special treat if you’ve already been bingeing on the supermarket versions this month. Collect from Cocoa Cabana, 7 Murray St, Ancoats, M4 6HS.
13. Hey Little Cupcake!
Hey Little Cupcake! has become a kind of dessert institution here in Manchester, and for good reason, too. Their cupcakes will forever remain a classic dessert for us thanks to their consistently fluffy cakes – which feature an ever-changing, hugely diverse array of toppings. This Easter, HLC has gone above and beyond for us, with blondie dippy egg and soldiers, half Easter Eggs stuffed with chocolate cake, and, of course, Easter-inspired cupcakes with seriously cute icing toppers. Order yours here.