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 and restaurants in the New Orleans area to get your cake this season.
5710 Paris Ave.
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.
Aunt Sally’s Praline’s
810 Decatur St.
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.
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.
Berry Town Produce
2600 W Church St., Hammond, LA
This fresh produce market has fresh king cakes to match. Their strawberry cream cheese cake is an overloaded, messy treat for the whole family to enjoy.
Blue Dot Donuts
4301 Canal St.
This donut spot was founded by three NOPD officers, offers 40-50 varieties daily, and takes pride in their maple bacon king cake, which you’ll have to special order.
The Buttermilk Drop
1781 N Dorgenois St.
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.
930 Tchoupitoulas St.
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.
District Donuts, Sliders, & Brew
2209 Magazine St.
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.
4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA
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.
4037 Jefferson Hwy.
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.
337 Chartres St.
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.
4930 Prytania Street
This coffee shop offers a killer king cake every day throughout the Mardi Gras season. Start your day off right with a cup of joe and a pecan praline filled cake.
Maple Street Patisserie
7638 Maple Street
This bakery, run by master pastry chef Ziggy Cichowski, presents European takes on pastries, and their flaky, delicately crafted king cake is no exception.
22022 Marshall Road, Mandeville, LA 70433
One of the North Shore’s destinations for king cakes, Nonnas’ has three locations in Mandeville, Covington, and Chalmette, and offers a classic take on the classic cake.
900 Royal St
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.
Manny Randazzo King Cakes
3515 N. Hullen Street, Metairie, LA
Manny Randazzo is a second generation baker, and his family has been making in king cakes since 1965. Their time-tested recipe has earned their praline pecan cake awards for the “King of the King Cakes,” and this family business is open to shipping cakes on special occasions.
Rocket Girl Treats
Health-conscious New Orleanians should look into Rocket Girl. Dianna Egan crafts gluten-free and vegan versions of the king cake that taste 100% authentic, including a killer caramel version with pink Himalayan salt.
3600 Saint Claude Ave.
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.
7217 Perrier St.
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.
Whole Foods Market
5600 Magazine St
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.
611 Okeefe Ave
Willa Jean doesn’t deliver, but it’s worth trekking over to O’Keefe to grab their chocolatey cake, a kind of coffee cake hybrid with espresso flavors baked right into the flaky dough.