Butter up these beauties hot out of the oven from Bread and Butter Cafe. Photo / Supplied

Where To Find: Auckland's Best Hot Cross Buns

We're buttering you up with the most moreish Easter treats in town

Bread & Butter Bakery and Cafe
Bread & Buttery Bakery make glazed bun standouts, which benefit from a slow fermentation process, and organic ingredients. Grey Lynn, Ponsonby Central and Milford

Wild Wheat 
Pioneers of sourdough bread in Auckland, Wild Wheat's award-winning and handcrafted buns come with fruit, spice, and all things nice. Mt Eden, Howick, and Belmont

Olaf's
This beloved Mt Eden artisan bakery pumps out award-winning hot cross buns which are generous with fruit and spice, and delightfully squishy. 1 Stokes Rd, Mount Eden

Ima wins the award for the most moreish custard cross. Photo / Supplied

Ima Cuisine
Ima owner Yael Shochat's signature vanilla bean custard cross hot cross buns are world famous and out of this world scrumptious. The team averages selling out 300 in under an hour so best to get in early. 53 Fort St, Downtown

Miann
For utter indulgence, dessert maestro Brian Campbell makes a chocolate hot cross bun using handcrafted chocolate that's made on site. His glossy buns also come in traditional fruit. Morningside, Britomart and Downtown  

Little & Friday
Baker Kim Evans' hot cross buns draw the same crowds as her cult custard cream doughnuts come Easter. Those with a penchant for fragrant orange peel will like these traditional numbers. Nab them fresh out of oven daily around 10amNewmarket and Takapuna

La Voie Francaise
The shiny beauties from Balmoral's favourite French bakery are light, fluffy and packed with fragrant spices, and citrus peel. Shop 4, 875 Dominion Rd, Mt Roskill

Sourdough experts Daily Bread craft slowly fermented sourdough buns. Photo / Supplied

Daily Bread
Pt Chevalier's sourdough experts slowly ferment their sourdough hot cross buns for a bun rich in flavour, and springy and moist in texture. They're also packed with fruit and spices and finished off with a sticky glaze. We advise pre-ordering online to avoid disappointment. 1210 Great North Rd, Point Chevalier

Catroux
Pre-order the hot cross buns from Catroux, as they tend to sell out fast. These little beauties are delicately spiced and heavy on fruit. 129 West End Rd, Westmere

Amano 
Amano is saying hallelujah to the hot cross bun with a signature recipe using plenty of mixed spice, sultanas, raisins, currents in a brioche style bun. 66 - 68, Tyler Street, Britomart

Fort Greene 
Favourite K Rd artisan bread makers are making our hot cross bun dreams come true with delicious morsels using a sourdough starter. 327 K Rd, Auckland

From left; Raw healthy Easter treats at The Unbakery and Giapo's elaborate hot cross bun creation last year. Photo / Supplied

More Easter Treats:

Miann does not stop with the holy hot cross buns. The chocolate experts also craft bean to bar single origin Easter eggs, bunny macaroons, and more. Morningside, Britomart, Downtown  

Little Bird Unbakery brings out plenty of hip and healthy treats in Easter. Look out for raw and gluten-free hot cross buns, caramel and cream nests and Easter truffles. Summer St & Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby  

Mimosa Cafe in Takapuna also caters for the gluten-free with a raw hot cross bun on offer. 460 Lake Road, Takapuna

We hope The Caker brings out her hot cross bun cake again this year. The must-have morsel spices up her carrot cake recipe with the addition of currants, pecan nuts, orange peel and cinnamon and topped off with perfect cream cheese icing. 446 Karangahape Rd, Newton

From left; Fort Greene's glorious buns, Little & Friday's sell out hot crossies

Giapo holds nothing back for Easter with last year's appearance of a monstrous hot cross bun creation. Look out if the hot cross bun filled with deliciously spiced icecream served on a cone returns. 12 Gore St, City

Lily Eatery has spiced up a special brioche bun for the season with pecans, apples, cinnamon and salted caramel glaze. 12 Wynyard St, Devonport

HAVE WE MISSED SOMETHING? 

If you know a great hot cross bun that you'd like us to share, let us know at Viva@nzherald.co.nz

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