Jivika Mehta, 22, a Jain, has never eaten eggs. This weekend, Mehta will tuck into a basket of Easter eggs without any guilt as the Bandra-based Desiree Cake Studio has, for the first time, introduced a range of vegetarian chocolate and marzipan Easter eggs this year.
“We have several non-Christian clients, who visit our shop every Easter. The new range of vegetarian delights are as delicious as the ones containing eggs,” said Desiree Attari, the proprietor. “We also have a range of Easter eggs stuffed with plum cake. Over the past few days, most of the goodies have been flying off the shelves.”
Traditionally, the Easter feast marks the end of the forty-day Lent fast, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion in Calvary. And the eggs are an integral part of the Easter celebration. Multicoloured marzipan and chocolate Easter eggs are available at several confectionery outlets across the city. The egg has great symbolic value as it signifies rebirth. Moreover, eggs were banned during Lent in the early years, making them more attractive on Easter day.
At Chocolatic, a two-year-old cake shop in Byculla, baskets of Easter eggs and chocolate shaped like chicks are available on a made-to-order basis. “We also prepare other shapes related to the festival based on customer needs,” said Pratiksha Elavia, proprietor, Chocolatic Shop. The Easter basket with seven chocolate eggs and a chocolate chick is priced at Rs225 and a basket with ten eggs costs Rs325.
Santacruz-based Delite Almeida and Barbarah Chambers have been creating Easter goodies for the past two decades. This year, they have introduced a range of chocolate Easter eggs for children. “We have experimented with a new form of hollow chocolate Easter eggs with a small toy hidden inside,” said Almeida. “Even the toys will be related to the spirit of Easter. A bunny, a calf or a young boy,” she added.