King Cake Season is here, and it tends to go a little something like this:
- Get excited everyone, I just bought the first King Cake of the year!
- Well, I’m already at Rouse’s, I might as well pick one up.
- I should bring one into the office.
- A couple bites for breakfast never hurt anybody.
- I’m the King of King Cakes!
- I am a King Cake. This is is where I live now.
Arguably the actual “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Mardi Gras is officially here in New Orleans. Carnival season started on January 6 which means parades will be rolling, beads will be flying and king cake will be….well eaten, in mass quantities. While this amount of sweet deliciousness may seem childish, it is a very serious matter in the Crescent City. One must adhere to the rules of no King Cakes before Twelfth Night and no backing out if you find the baby. We don’t joke about King Cakes. So, with that in mind, let’s get down to the serious business of finding the Best King Cakes in New Orleans!
These days, there are all kinds of king cake. Stuffed with boudin. In your morning mug. Even sippable at the bar! So, for the sake of not having a 10,000-word blog, let’s just stick with the classics (in no order).
Dong Phuong | 141 W Harrison Ave. NOLA
New Orleans has a rich history Vietnamese bread, so it’s no surprise the makers of some of the best bread in town made our list. Available in cream cheese, cinnamon, and pecan, you can get them at their NOLA East location, online or at Pizza NOLA in Lakeview.
Manny Randazzo’s | 3515 N. Hullen St. Metairie
With a family recipe that dates back to 1965, you know you’re getting a legendary cake here. Stop by their store in Metairie or win the friend/family member of the year award and send them to folks who aren’t blessed to live in New Orleans!
Sucré | 3025 Magazine St. NOLA
More work of art than food, the cakes from Sucré are gorgeous. These airbrushed-looking delights are available on Magazine and ship for a flat rate! Also, try their King Cake macaroons.
Bywater Bakery | 3624 Dauphine St. NOLA
Your spot for King Cakes in the Bywater, this gem is run by former Rouse’s bakery director Chaya Conrad. Here you’ll find 8 different kinds of cake; all unique, all amazing!
Haydel’s Bakery | 4037 Jefferson Hwy. NOLA
For the past 58 years, Haydel’s has been one of the city’s favorite spots for King Cake. They also have 8 options for the cakes and an awesome King of Carnival King Cake Package.
Breads on Oak | 8640 Oak St. NOLA
If there’s a “healthy” option on the list, this is it! There are organic and vegan options, and for the adults in the room, there are deliciously fun flavors like strawberry rum cream cheese, bourbon tiramisu, almond-orange champagne.
La Boulangerie | 4600 Magazine St. NOLA
Like everything else at this amazing bakery/cafe, this is a true French classic. Their King Cake has no frills, just amazing bread stuffed with delicious cream cheese.
Gambino’s Bakery | 4821 Veterans Mem. Metairie | 300 Lapalco Blvd. Gretna
Famous for it’s Doberge cakes, Gambino’s is equally as inviting during Mardi Gras. They’ve been serving them up since 1949 with their handmade Danish Dough and this year will be no different. Inside that yummy bread is the filling of your choice that is done by hand daily. If you ship one to a friend or family member, they’ll even throw in a specialty Mardi Gras poster and a history of the King Cake!
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