The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season
Jan 08 2018

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

By: Anthony O'Donnell and Alexis Shook

The King Cake has been a Mardi Gras staple for some 300 years at this point and is particularly beloved in New Orleans. The cake is usually a hollow circle drizzled with a delectable glaze and topped with colored sugar, with a plastic baby Jesus hidden somewhere within, but crafty New Orleanians have come up with infinite variations on the basic theme. Here are some of the best bakeries, restaurants, and stores in the New Orleans area to get your cake this season.


The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Caluda's King Cake

1536 River Oaks Rd. W., Harahan

504-662-1192
kingcakeshop.com

 

Caluda’s king cakes are soft, decadent, and delicious, and come in such fun flavors as strawberry cream cheese and praline cream cheese, as well as classic cinnamon. They even have a Saints king cake in case you want to celebrate our team’s big win yesterday. Check Caluda’s website for a different “Flavor of the Week” special, every week until Mardi Gras. Their chocolate chip cookie dough variety just might be one of the best things you’ve ever eaten.

 

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Dong Phuong’s Bakeshop
14207 Chef Menteur Hwy.
504-254-0214
dpbakeshop.com

This bakery was one of the city’s first Vietnamese bakeshops. Their signature king cake dough has a flaky crust with a soft and light center which results in a mouthwatering dessert.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Rouses Market
Various Locations
985-447-5998
rouses.com

This local marketplace offers a variety of king cakes to satisfy your sweet tooth. Their many options include strawberry cream cheese, plain cream cheese, Bavarian cream, praline, apple, or the traditional cinnamon king cake.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

CC’s Coffee House
Various Locations
225-930-4627
ccscoffee.com

This coffee shop is known for their specialty king cake coffee, but you can also pick up their freshly baked king cakes from your local CC’s shop. Their praline king cake adds a unique twist to the traditional dessert using a caramel icing topped with chopped pecans.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Antoine’s Famous Cakes
1300 Stumpf Blvd, Gretna
504-368-6222
antoinesfamouscakes.com

Antoine’s Famous Cakes is located on the Westbank and is known for their queen cakes. This cake is truly fit for a queen and stands out from the king cake by adding all the fillings (cherry, pineapple, cream cheese, apple, and lemon) in a single, larger-sized cake.


The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Adrian’s Bakery
5710 Paris Ave.
504-875-4302
adrians-bakery.com

This small bakery provides some of the freshest cakes in the city, including both double- and single-filling options and a sugar-free version that’s still decadent and delicious.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Aunt Sally’s Praline’s
810 Decatur St.
504-524-3373

auntsallys.com

This place is a classic; their French Quarter and St. Charles locations both offer unique takes on the cake, including, of course, a praline variety, and they’ll ship them wherever you want.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Breaux Mart
Various Locations
504-262-6017

breauxmart.com

This beloved local grocery chain is selling king cake at all five of its locations, including a unique “Mudslide” version with a delicious, one-of-a-kind filling.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Blue Dot Donuts
4301 Canal St.
504-218-4866

bluedotdonuts.com

This donut spot was founded by three NOPD officers, offers 40 to 50 varieties daily, and takes pride in their maple bacon king cake, which you’ll have to special order.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

The Buttermilk Drop
1781 N. Dorgenois St.
504-252-4538

buttermilkdropbakery.squarespace.com

This place has unique donut holes and pastries, but they also do a killer king cake, stuffed with cream cheese, strawberry, or just about anything else you want.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas St.
504-488-2123

cochonbutcher.com

Cochon may be better known for their delicious meats, but they do sweets just as well. They offer a few sizes and flavors of cake, including cinnamon and strawberry, and substitute a plastic pig for the baby.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew
2209 Magazine St.
504-570-6945

donutsandsliders.com

District is the city’s hippest and most bustling donut spot, and their king cake doesn’t disappoint, with hand-mixed cream cheese icing and a vibrant color scheme.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Gambino’s
4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie
(504) 885-7500

gambinos.com

This world-famous bakery specializes in delectable king cakes, and they offer a number of variations, including bite-sized king cake balls and double-filled options including blueberry/cream cheese and strawberry/Bavarian cream.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Haydel’s Bakery
4037 Jefferson Hwy.
504-837-0190

haydelbakery.com

This traditionalist king cake outlet uses lightly drizzled icing and a Danish recipe for their dough, and they’ll ship you a package complete with a cake, beads, doubloons, and other Mardi Gras accouterments.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Kingfish
337 Chartres St.
504-598-5005

kingfishneworleans.com

If a normal king cake is somehow not decadent enough for you, head to Kingfish and try their “Mardi Foie” cake, a hearty brioche topped with duck fat icing and, you guessed it, seared foie gras.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Maple Street Patisserie
7638 Maple Street
504-304-1526

cargocollective.com/maplestreetpatisserie

This bakery, run by master pastry chef Ziggy Cichowski, presents European takes on pastries, and their flaky, delicately crafted king cake is no exception.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Nonna Randazzo’s
22022 Marshall Road, Mandeville
985-898-2444 

nonnaskingcakes.com

One of the Northshore’s destinations for king cakes, Nonna's has three locations in Mandeville, Covington, and Chalmette, and offers a classic take on the classic cake.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Petite Amelie
900 Royal St
(504) 412-8065

petiteamelienola.wordpress.com

Petite Amelie’s Chocolate Nutella Babka King Cake is baked fresh daily. Layers of dark chocolate, Nutella, and cinnamon are deliciously layered into this Jewish-style bread in the shape of a king cake. Baby included. Whole cakes are $14, baby cakes are $7, and it’s $2 for a slice.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Manny Randazzo King Cakes
3515 N. Hullen Street, Metairie
504-456-1476

randazzokingcake.com

Manny Randazzo is a second-generation baker, and his family has been making king cakes since 1965. Their time-tested recipe has earned their praline pecan cake awards as the “King of the King Cakes,” and this family business is open to shipping cakes on special occasions.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Shake Sugary
3600 Saint Claude Ave.
504-355-9345

shakesugary.com/new

The go-to spot for king cakes in the Bywater, this hip spot offers various stuffings, traditional cakes, and, of course, a vegan option. They sell by the slice, but if you’re looking for a whole cake, you’d better call in advance.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Tartine
7217 Perrier St.
504-866-4860

tartineneworleans.com

A great lunch spot in Uptown, Tartine also houses a killer bakery. Their king cake is a perfectly executed brioche with a delicious filling of brown sugar, cinnamon, and cream cheese.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Whole Foods Market
5600 Magazine St
(504) 899-9119

wholefoodsmarket.com

Whole Foods might not be the first place that comes to mind for authentic king cake, but their bakery is an underrated source of confections; try the version filled with Chantilly cream.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Willa Jean
611 O'Keefe Ave
504-509-7334

willajean.com

Willa Jean doesn’t deliver, but it’s worth trekking over to O’Keefe to grab one of their caramel crunch king cakes. Order your cake two days in advance, as they make them fresh to order You can also get just a slice for $5.


Editor's Note: Most photos have been pulled from the business's website and/or social media feed. 

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