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March 4, 2024

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Easter treats hopping into Vancouver bakeries

But plan ahead: These bakeries are getting busy

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Carrot cakes by Bleu Door Bakery.
Carrot cakes by Bleu Door Bakery. (Contributed by Bleu Door Bakery) Photo Gallery

Flower buds are ready to burst, birds are gathering bits to feather their nests, and Vancouver bakery cases are filling up with pastel-colored and bunny-eared treats for Easter.

Here’s a small taste of the goodies hopping into Vancouver this spring. Many of these places will be closed on Easter Sunday but take pre-orders. It’s best to check business hours and plan ahead during this busy time of year.

Leaving baking to the experts allows more time to design a spring tablescape, organize an egg hunt, focus on other parts of the meal, or simply sip a mimosa and enjoy your guests.

2411 Main St., Vancouver; 360-693-2538; open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Bleu Door Bakery has coconut cake, triple lemon cake, carrot-shaped carrot bread, peanut butter Easter eggs, decorated marshmallows and sugar cookies. Cakes are $8 per slice, $45 for a 6-inch cake, and $75 for an 8-inch cake. Orders can be placed by phone or through the website. Cake orders must be placed 72 hours before pickup.

3100 Columbia St., Vancouver; 360-896-7321; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Simply Sweets has Easter-themed chocolate-dipped Oreos ($2.75), chocolate-dipped marshmallows on a stick decorated with bunny faces, as well as special cupcakes like carrot cake or lemon coconut decorated with Cadbury Mini Eggs to look like little nests ($10.80 for a half-dozen mini cupcakes and $18 for a dozen; $16 for a half-dozen full-sized cupcakes and $30 for a dozen). Sugar cookies are $2 each, and Easter-themed cookie-decorating kits are $3. Pre-orders can be placed by phone, but there will also be plenty of treats stocked leading up to Easter.

210 W. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver; 360-750-0811; 4-8 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

Treat offers 9-inch chocolate cream, coconut cream and strawberry rhubarb crumble pies ($32), chocolate-covered cream-filled cakes akin to Ding Dongs (four-pack $20), and pints of carrot-cake ice cream ($9.50). Pre-order through the website, although the shop will have some extras for walk-ins.

5301 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver; 360-694-7500; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily

Couvie coffee shop River Maiden is baking iced sugar cookies in egg and bunny shapes ($3.50), brownies topped with Cadbury Mini Eggs ($4.50), browned butter crispy rice treats with malted milk robin eggs ($4.50), and butter cookies with Easter sprinkles ($3) for the spring holiday.

4804 N.E. Thurston Way, Unit E, Vancouver; 360-896-6693; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

The glass cases at Sweet Touch Bakery by Vancouver Mall are always filled with sophisticated European pastries, cakes and macarons ($2.75 each, $2.50 for 10 or more). For Easter, Sweet Touch offers a special Ukrainian Easter sweet bread made with a rich egg dough and topped with white frosting and sprinkles ($10-$30).

19171 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Unit 106, Vancouver; 360-984-6781; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday

Baron Patisserie’s bakery case is packed with an array of fruit- and cream-filled Danish pastries, as well as sweet and savory croissants ($2.50-$3.75 each) daily. The refrigerator case holds fruit tarts, mousses and eclairs ($3.50-$7 each). Orders can be placed by phone or in person three or more days ahead. Large orders should be made well in advance.

500 S.E. 192nd Ave., Suite 200, Vancouver; 360-326-4410; 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Tiny Tasties’ menu includes treats like crepe- or bubble-waffle-wrapped fruit or ice cream, topped with whipped cream and a Pocky stick ($7.50-$9.75), a rainbow of macarons ($2 each or three for $5), and crepe cakes with flavors like coconut, Thai tea and Orange Creamsicle ($8 per slice, $77 for a cake). The 25-layer crepe cakes are available from Friday to Sunday. Whole cakes can be ordered two days ahead.

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