•Local bakers have lots of desserts and treats ready for Easter.
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• Colomba cakes — baked in the shape of a dove — are an Italian specialty.
• Home bakers share cookie and cookie pop ideas to help fill your Easter baskets.
Not sure what to serve for dessert on Easter. Not to worry, local bakers have plenty of choices, from whimsical cookies to fancy cakes.
La Boulangerie in Fresno’s Fig Garden Village at Palm and Shaw avenues has a wide selection of Easter goodies. Among its more popular desserts are the raspberry truffle cake and Pink Desire, a white cake with raspberry filling and pink-colored whip creamed frosting. And if that isn’t enough, the bakery also has a strawberry pizza: mascarpone-topped cookie crust delicately layered with fresh sliced strawberries, hot cross buns and Irish soda bread.
Lisa Newton, store manager at the bakery, says they will take pre-orders for the special Easter desserts until April 2. Prices range from $9 a dozen for hot cross buns to $32 for the cakes.
Chocolate lovers can get their fill at Bouquet of Fruits/California Gourmet Company at 2015 W. Bullard Ave. The store specializes in creative desserts. This year, owner Gina Paul, is offering chocolate eggs filled with peanut butter, marshmallow cream, or a filling of your own choosing.
“We can also do a special request as long as we have the ingredients,” says Paul.
The shop also has prepared lemon blueberry shortbread, toasted coconut almond bark, candy birds nest and chocolate-dipped Peeps. Bouquet of Fruits will be open through Saturday, April 4, for last minute shoppers. Easter baskets, loaded with candy and toys, will also be available, starting at $15.
If you are looking for something more international, try Sam’s Italian Deli & Market, 2415 N. First. The longtime deli imports Italian colomba cake and chocolate Easter eggs. The cake is a sweet bread made with candied fruit and baked in the shape of a dove. Colomba is the Italian word for dove. Also available will be hollow chocolate eggs that come with a small prize. The eggs are made in dark and milk chocolate.
Nick Marziliano, owner of Sam’s, says the giving of chocolates eggs to children or to families is a tradition in many Italian households, including his.
“We give them to our kids every year and they love getting a prize,” Marziliano says. “They break open the eggs and I get to eat the chocolate.”
The cakes are $14.99 and the cellophane wrapped chocolate eggs range from $11 to $20.
Home bakers also have a range of options for you. Serena Locatelli, of Mammarella’s Sweets & Treats, is making candy apples. One of the apples is a light purple color and the other is dipped in white chocolate and looks like a bunny’s bottom. The apples are $6 each and come in a clear box with an Easter tag. To order, call Locatelli at (559) 898-2253 or visit her Facebook page at, Mammarellas Sweets & Treats.
Megan Pott, owner of Sweet Baketique, has religious and non-religious cookies available. One of her favorite items is the “funny bunny” cookie pop. The cookie is made in the shape of a smiling bunny, complete with buck teeth and is placed on a paper straw. She is also making Easter eggs cookies that are ideal for putting in children’s baskets or as a dessert. Prices start at $5 and you can reach Pott at email@example.com or visit her Facebook page, Sweet Baketique.