The Easter season is upon us and thankfully, the beautiful city of Edinburgh has plenty of local entrepreneurs who embrace this time of year by creating delicious seasonal treats. Here’s my list of the best Easter-themed foods in Edinburgh! They only come around once a year so you better get your hands on them while you can!
Creme Egg Marshmallows & Mini Egg Marshmallows
At The Marshmallow Lady, you can indulge in hand-made and hand-cut artisan marshmallows that are unlike any other marshmallows that you’ve ever had, EVER. When Easter rolls around, you can treat yourself to vanilla marshmallows that are absolutely loaded with crumbled Creme Eggs or Mini Eggs. The Creme Egg mallows are a particular favourite of mine. So much sugar and goodness. I promise they’re delicious!
Mademoiselle Macaron is THE place to get macarons in Edinburgh and this year, she’s upped her Easter game with a set collection of Easter macarons. In an egg carton, you are treated to Creme Egg chick macarons, vanilla bunny macarons, and hot cross bun macarons. Not only are they incredibly cute, but they are also absolutely delicious. The hot cross bun macaron slightly edged out the others to be my favourite. You’ll just have to try them for yourself to decide which of the Easter macarons wins the flavour battle.
Find Mademoiselle Macaron at 22 Grindlay Street near Usher Hall. You can also order macarons online via the website.
Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns are the most typical of Easter baked goods. An Easter without a hot cross bun is quite simply incomplete! I kind of wish that hot cross buns were a year-round food, but then we probably wouldn’t appreciate them as much. And let me tell you, when Easter rolls around, I’m hella appreciative of the hot cross buns at Twelve Triangles. They’re made fresh daily, they’re filled with a healthy dose of candied fruit and cinnamon, and the sweet glaze on top is divine. Don’t they say that one hot cross bun a day keeps the doctor away?
Find Twelve Triangles at three locations in Edinburgh: 90 Brunswick Street (top of Leith Walk), 148 Duke Street (bottom of Leith Walk), and 300 Portobello High Street (Portobello).
Creme Egg Cupcakes
Edinburgh has a lot of cupcakeries, but please take my word seriously when I say that the best cupcake maker in the city is undoubtedly Vanilla Cream Bakery. This bakery is a one-woman show and she sells her visually-appealing delights only at Stockbridge Market on Sundays. Annwen, the owner and baker, crafts her cupcakes with care and she has truly perfected her cupcake recipes. I have been disappointed by other cupcakeries in Edinburgh, but I have never been underwhelmed by a Vanilla Cream cupcake. This Creme Egg cupcake was no exception either! The buttercream was beautifully smooth with the ideal level of sweetness. The chocolate cake base was moist, and what’s more, there’s a little surprise inside the cake base: the other half of the Creme Egg! Annwen aced this cupcake and I totally want to get another before the season is over!
Vanilla Cream bakery also takes private orders for cakes and cupcakes. To make an inquiry, contact Annwen (more details here).
Hot Cross Bun Spice Shortbread
Pinnies & Poppy Seeds is located right in the heart of Edinburgh and it easily wins the award for best shortbread in the city. NAY best shortbread in all of Scotland! This Easter season, Jennifer – the queen of butter – has whipped up these hot cross bun spice shortbread biscuits. Made with dried black currants, cinnamon, ginger, and a cross drizzle of white chocolate, they are delightful. Where else in the world will you find such a delectable biscuit? NOWHERE ELSE. That’s the answer to the question.
Pinnies & Poppy Seeds is located at 26 St. Mary’s Street just off of the Royal Mile. They’ve also recently launched an online shop which you can find here.
Hot Cross Bun Gelato
I absolutely love Mary’s Milk Bar and I’ve been very vocal about it. The gelato is inventive, flavourful, and delicious. Mary has spoiled the city of Edinburgh with this hot cross bun gelato and I will forever dream about it. If you can imagine the taste of a fresh hot cross bun in gelato form, this is it! It is absolute perfection. You’ll have to be quick to get your hands on this flavour though. It’s bound to disappear quickly! Mary also sells other Easter treats like chocolate eggs filled with mini salted caramel eggs and hazelnut praline acorns. I may need to grab one of those filled eggs this weekend because they sound spectacular!
Find Mary’s Milk Bar at 19 Grassmarket where you can enjoy a cone below a looming Edinburgh Castle.
Hot Cross Bun Spice Organic Milk Chocolate
So it’s probably obvious by now that I can’t get enough of hot cross bun themed foods. Yes, I’m addict! SO WHAT?! I was so excited to try this chocolate bar by Coco Chocolatier and it was indeed stunning. This luxurious chocolate is infused with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and star anise to create a memorable chocolate eating experience. The blend of spices flawlessly reflects the taste of a fresh hot cross bun and I just could not get enough of it. I’ve eaten two bars already. No shame.
Find Coco Chocolatier at their two shop locations: 174 Bruntsfield Place (Brunstfield) and 20 Reaburn Place (Stockbridge). You can also order chocolate online via their website.
Deep Fried Creme Egg
When I heard that Cafe Piccante was serving up a deep fried Creme Egg, I knew that I had to try it! I mean, come on, you don’t just find this anywhere! I was intrigued and needed to discover this food for myself. I’ll admit that it may not be the most photogenic food (although it does look like a little golden snitch of deliciousness). However, what it lacks in aesthetic, it makes up for in taste. It’s essentially a warmed and melty Creme Egg that keeps its shape due to the fried batter shell around it. Melted chocolate and creme egg filling? Yes please!
Find Cafe Piccante at two locations: 19 Broughton Street and 7 East Norton Place.
And there you have it! All my favourite Easter eats in Edinburgh! Here’s an idea: go Easter-treat hunting for all these delicious foods this weekend! If you try any of these seasonal delicacies, do share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram! We’d love to hear from you! And FYI: yes, I photographed AND ate all of these treats. I’m dedicated to the cause! Happy Easter eating!