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Best Cakes in New Orleans

Doberge Cake
A slice of doberge and an absinthe frappe from Bakery Bar. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Whether you have a special occasion (there’s always a reason to celebrate in New Orleans) or you have a sweet tooth to cure – what better way to do it than with some cake! From local delicacies to traditional flavors, see our guide to the best cakes around town, no matter what the occasion.

Doberge Cake

One of the greatest creations that came from New Orleans is the doberge cake. It is made of multiple thin layers of buttermilk cake with flavored pudding in the middle of each layer, traditionally with chocolate or lemon. Doberge cakes are topped with icing.

Gambino’s

Joe Gambino bought the doberge recipe from the founder, Beulah Levy Ledner, in 1946 and opened his own bakery three years later. Since then, he has been selling the dessert from his bakery year-round in the traditional flavors of chocolate or lemon. Can’t decide which one sounds more delicious and want to try them both? Order it half and half, or try a mini doberge square – available for walk-in’s as well.

Bakery Bar

Debbie Does Doberge is a doberge cakery located inside of Bakery Bar. You can order a cake in advance or stop in for a slice from their cake case. The more modern take on doberge includes a variety of flavors and color combinations such as fun-fete, strawberry, thin mint, peanut butter cup, and cream cheese. You can of course get a traditional flavor as well.

Maurice’s French Pastries

The original founder of doberge sold her bakery to Maurice’s in 1981. Since then, this Metairie bakery sells the cake with a variety of flavored puddings: chocolate, lemon, strawberry, vanilla, caramel, Irish cream, amaretto, and praline. You can choose a different cake flavor at Maurice’s as well.

Chocolate Cake

It’s a classic, but sometimes that’s all you want. These local bakeries below make a mean chocolate cake in various forms.

Heavenly Sweets Bakery

Whether you want a chocolate cake for a special occasion or to satisfy a sweet tooth, Heavenly Sweets will not disappoint. Their decadent chocolate cake is a must-try the next time you’re looking for a special treat.

Breads on Oak (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Breads On Oak

This all-vegan bakery offers “Grand Ganache Chocolate Cake,” which consists of four layer doberge cake with hints of berries and Irish whiskey. Don’t be deterred by it’s vegan label – this organic, plant-based dessert is delicious.

Cake Café

As the name says, this Bywater café specializes in cakes. They continue to make it to the top of the list for their rich chocolate cake, German chocolate cake, and chocolate mousse cake, which all come in a variety of sizes.

Laurel Street Bakery

With 24-hour notice, Laurel Street Bakery can whip up a few chocolate cake options. All cakes are nine-inch round, two layer cakes. Choose from devil’s food, chocolate covered strawberry, chocolate raspberry, or chocolate mousse cake.

Berry Chantilly Cake

If you like fruit with your dessert, berry Chantilly cake is the perfect combination of sweetness and sophistication. Layers of vanilla or almond cake have creamy almond and mascarpone Chantilly frosting with fresh berries mixed in.

Bywater Bakery

Bywater Bakery has turned heads for their treats since they opened in 2017. They have three different Chantilly cakes to choose from: berry Chantilly, lemon Chantilly and chocolate-strawberry Chantilly. Their Chantilly cream has become a signature component of the shop.

Shake Sugary (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Shake Sugary 

Shake Sugary’s berry Chantilly cake is only available through special order. It is made from scratch with all natural ingredients, and can be prepared vegan and/or gluten-free for an additional charge.

Whole Foods

Yes, it is a chain, but they make one of the best berry Chantilly cakes out there. You can often pick one up from the pastry case, or order a larger one in advance. The New Orleans stores offer a berry Chantilly king cake as well, which is just as delicious.

Almond Wedding Cake

Whether you’re getting married or just want a slice of wedding cake, almond cake is hard to pass up. Almond is the traditional wedding cake flavor in the south, and as one of the top wedding destinations in the country, New Orleans has perfected the delicacy. There is no shortage of them in New Orleans, but the following bakeries are some of our favorites.

Beth Biundo Sweets (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Beth Biundo Sweets

As a previous James Beard Award Top Pastry Chef nominee, Beth knows how to make a great cake. Her almond cake can be decorated traditionally, with different buttercream designs, in various colors or with rainbow sprinkles. Local’s Tip: ask her to decorate it with her signature sugar cookies in the shape of your choice.

Bittersweet Confections

This Warehouse District shop is steps away from many of the bustling attractions and restaurants in the area. The traditional almond wedding cake is great to commemorate nuptials or an anniversary. Bittersweet’s cakes come in cupcake version too.

Swiss Confectionery

Since 1921, Swiss has been creating cakes, especially beautiful wedding cakes. The same family has owned the restaurant from the beginning, so their secret recipe for almond cake remains true to its roots.

Cupcakes

The perfect way to taste many flavors at once. Or, miniature cake all for yourself.

CupCake Fairies (Photo: Justen Williams)

CupCake Fairies

Nestled on Bayou Road, CupCake Fairies offers great afternoon snacks and birthday party pleasers. Even better – they deliver! Enjoy layers of your favorite flavor from the rotating menu, and choose from a variety of sizes of cupcakes as well.

The Cupcake Collection

These homemade cupcakes originated from a family kitchen in Nashville, Tn., where lines wrapped around the block to snag one or a box if you were lucky. A second location opened in the New Orleans Garden District in 2018 and showcases various traditional flavors. Their sweet potato cupcake has become a fan favorite.

The Sweet Life Bakery (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Sweet Life Bakery

Travel to this Lakeview neighborhood bakery to taste some deliciously homemade cupcakes, and see for yourself why it’s their most ordered item. From Bananas Foster cheesecake to confetti, you really can’t go wrong. Order one, two, or a dozen.

King Cakes

Nothing says delicious dessert (or breakfast) to locals like king cake. King cakes are a treat you can only find during carnival in New Orleans which begins on January 6 and typically lasts through February. The window is short, so don’t miss your chance to have a taste. See here for our ultimate guide to all things king cake.

Dong Phuong

Dong Phoung has gained several accolades over the years for their king cake, including a James Beard Award. This Vietnamese bakery attracts lines of people each carnival season hoping to snag one of their seasonal treats.

Indulge in a Randazzo’s King Cake on the first day of Carnival season, Jan. 6 (otherwise known as Twelfth Night) (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Manny Randazzo’s

Specializing in king cake and only king cake, Randazzo’s is open from mid-December through Mardi Gras Day. Jump in line or order online (they offer overnight delivery) for a beloved taste of New Orleans carnival. Heads up – the shop closes once they sell out each day.

Adrian’s

At this Uptown neighborhood bakery, you can get a taste of king cake year-round. Their light, fluffy, and sweet cake is offered with a variety of fillings and doused with purple, green, and gold sugar.

Antoine’s

Antoine’s is home of the Queen cake – a twist on the original king cake that features five fillings: apple, cream cheese, strawberry, pineapple, and lemon. It’s also one of our favorite bakeries to snag a good ol’ fashion traditional king cake. If you’re looking for a custom cake for a special occasion, they also offer their ‘cold cakes’ year round. Just note that they do not offer them during Mardi Gras season.

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