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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Saint Honoré macaroon cake, $35. Gluten-free, serves eight. Available in lemon, raspberry, pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, raspberry-lemon. Best to order 24 hours in advance if you want a particular flavor combination. Chocolate Easter egg, $32. A 6 1/2-inch shell with these sweets inside: three chocolate truffles, two chocolate rabbits, six egg-shaped macaroons in three flavors, a lemon meringue chick and jelly beans. From Praline, 4611 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda, 301-229-8180.

Chocolate eggs, $4.50 each, $5.50 boxed. Real shells are fully sanitized, filled with praline-flavored milk chocolate and decorated in a variety of bright designs. From Stella's Bakery, 11510D Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-231-9026.

Traditional Spring Egg, $19.95. A hollow, 4 1/2-inch egg shell made of 66 percent Valrhona dark chocolate, covered with house-made marzipan and finished with a pussy willow design. Marzipan bunny and carrot, $6.99, 2 inches tall (at Whole Foods Market in Fair Lakes). From Wanders Chocolates, available at: Biagio Fine Chocolates, 1904 18th St. NW, 202-328-1506; Periwinkle (egg only), 3815 Livingston St. NW, 202-364-3076. Whole Foods Market in Fair Lakes, 4501 Market Commons Dr., Fairfax, 703-222-2058, or order online at

Hollow white chocolate decorated Easter eggs, $14 or $19. Five inches (with chocolate bunny inside). Various designs available. Four-inch pot of edible wheat grass with three milk chocolate bunnies, $20. From Zoe's Chocolate Co., available at Periwinkle, 3815 Livingston St. NW, 202-364-3076, or order online at . Wheat grass with bunnies at Patisserie Poupon, 1645 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-342-3248.

Cherry Blossom cupcakes, $2.50 each, $3 filled (gum-paste flower decorations 15 or 20 cents extra). Presented in a grouping, these cupcakes can resemble a blooming tree. Cake flavors include carrot, red velvet, chocolate and vanilla. Fillings include passion-fruit curd, ganache, salty caramel. From Fluffy Thoughts, a custom-order cake business in McLean; call 571-213-1513 or order online at

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