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Where to Find All Things King Cake in New Orleans

Whether you crave something classic, creative, savory, or sippable, we’ve got the best of all things king cake this Mardi Gras.

The Caramel Crunch King Cake at Willa Jean (Photo courtesy of Willa Jean)
- Photo by Willa Jean

Eating a king cake before or after Carnival is sacrilege here in New Orleans, which is why you can bet we indulge from Twelfth Night (January 6) right on through until Mardi Gras Day. Without further ado, here’s where to get king cake in New Orleans, whether you crave something classic, creative, savory, or sippable.

Classic

If it ain’t broke…

Haydel’s Bakery — Their original cake comes in a variety of shapes and colors, but you can even get some innovative flavors like the Cajun Kringle with pecan-praline filling. Visit them in Metairie or check out their pop-up at Snow Wizard on Magazine Street. 4037 Jefferson Highway and 4001 Magazine St.

Manny Randazzo King Cakes — Using an original recipe that dates back 50 years, Randazzo’s king cakes are a fan favorite. Pick up a cake (or three) at their outpost in Metairie. 3515 N. Hullen St.

Caluda’s King Cake— With unique flavors such as chocolate chip cookie dough, bananas foster, and Oreo cream cheese rotating each week during the Mardi Gras season, you’ll have the chance to sink your teeth into something new over and over again. Trust us, you’ll be back at this shop more than once this Carnival season. 1536 River Oaks Rd.

Sucre — Edible glitter lends a glossy finish to these king cakes, available for purchase in Metairie, Uptown, or in the French Quarter. 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 622 A Conti St., and 3025 Magazine St.

La Boulangerie — Arguably the most classic of the bunch, La Boulangerie‘s king cake takes it way back to the original French gallette des rois. No colorful frosting here (although they do offer those, too). Just buttery, flaky puff pastry with dense almond cream. 4600 Magazine St.

Bywater Bakery — This bakery offers eight different flavors of king cake. There’s curb-side pick up every Friday until Mardi Gras, so you don’t even have to go in to get your fix. Flavors include a Creole cream cheese-filled cake, a chantilly-filled cake, and a cinnamon-apple variety. 3624 Dauphine St.

Creative

Beyond cinnamon or cream-filled, these cakes are big on unique flavors.

The Elvis king cake. (Photo courtesy of Cochon Butcher Bakery)

Cochon Butcher — Try all the creative combinations in perfectly sized mini cakes with baby pigs tucked inside. Strawberry almond, double chocolate and cinnamon minis are up for grabs. But what’s a king cake without The King? Their “Elvis” variety is a perennial favorite with peanut butter, banana, and house-cured bacon topped with marshmallow. For large bulk orders, call 24 hours ahead. 930 Tchoupitoulas St.

Willa Jean — This year’s specialty king cake at Willa Jean is the Caramel Crunch King Cake. This cake is almost too beautiful to eat with its perfect cream cheese frosting petals.  And if a slice won’t cut it, buy the whole damn thing, where it’s available for online ordering and in-store pickup. 611 O’Keefe Ave.

The Green Fork — Though the flavors are traditional, the preparations are thoroughly modern and ideal for those with food allergies or dietary restrictions. The king cakes at The Green Fork are both gluten free and vegan…they’re also delicious, we promise. You can order specialty flavors in advance including blueberries and cream, toasted coconut, chocolate cream, raisin pecan, and raspberry. King cakes are available beginning Saturday, January 12th. Call 5 days in advance for special orders.

Shake Sugary — On St. Claude, this bakery turns out handcrafted king cakes in a bevy of flavors. First pick whether you’d like it vegan or traditional, and from there, select flavors like cherry almond and chocolate chip pecan (both vegan) or blueberry cream cheese and savory apple rosemary. The banana Nutella variety is divine (but not vegan). 3304 St. Claude Ave.

Gracious Bakery — This year, Gracious Bakery features Valrhona Chocolate in in their specialty cakes and flavors include cinnamon with fancy Sprinkles and pecan praline. Their Queen Cakes have frangipan filling. Also, new this year are colorful Parti Gras Doberge bites and, for the traditionalists, the Galette des Rois impresses with their custom porcelain feve. 2854 St. Charles Ave., 1000 S. Jefferson Pkwy, and 4930 Prytania St.

The Press Street Gardens Satsuma Almond King Cake care of NOCCA. (Photo: Elizabeth McMillan)

NOCCA– Once again, NOCCA’s Culinary Arts department is offering its take on this seasonal, sugary treat with the Press Street Gardens Satsuma Almond King Cake. Layers of flaky puff pastry with rich almond paste and cream cheese, with a bright, refreshing, citrus filling and satsumas supplied by Press Street Gardens. These king cakes are perfect for serving at parties, gifting, or for enjoying at home with family. Cakes are packaged and mailed on Thursdays. You can get free pickup in Press Street Station, your order will be ready two business days after it was placed. (Thursday orders are ready on Monday, Friday orders are ready on Tuesday.)

Maurice French Pastries — Jean-Luc’s specialty king cakes are a must-try at Maurice French Pastries. This year’s specialty king cakes include Ponchatoula with Bavarian cream and fresh strawberries, Bourbon Street with Chantilly cream and Kentucky bourbon, Woodland Plantation with Southern Comfort liquor and Chantilly cream, and General Foster with sautéed bananas and New Orleans Dark Rum. Pick up a traditional, filled, or French king cake while you’re here. 3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie and 4949 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Breads on Oak — All traditional and filled King Cakes are both organic and vegan at this Uptown bakery. Boasting natural ingredients and coloring, you can indulge without feeling quite so guilty. 8640 Oak St.8640 Oak St.

New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery – At this quaint neighborhood cafe and bakery, you’ll find king cakes in Traditional, apple goat cheese, raspberry cream cheese, and pecan cream cheese, as well as Mini French King Cakes.

Sweet Savor’s Bakery This Gentilly bakery has all the classics, including traditional and filled king cakes. Fillings include cream cheese, apple, lemon, strawberry, and praline. Try a different one each week of Carnival season. 5242 Elysian Fields Ave.

Babka King Cakes — Shaya and Palace Cafe are offering an array of babka cakes this season. Shaya’s is a cinnamon babka with sea salt caramel glaze. Palace Cafe offers a cinnamon Babka Rum & citrus simple syrup soaked cake with crushed pralines and cream cheese ice cream.

Tableau – Drunken King Cake brings us a buttered rum infused cake with cinnamon-chantilly cream, garnished with a pipette of butter rum, edible purple flower, green mint and gold leaf.

King Cake Gateau — The Canal Street staple Palace Cafe invites you to stop in for their vanilla-orange chiffon creation with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Tres Leches King Cake — Emeril’s newest restaurant, Meril, puts a Latin spin on the traditional king cake with its tres leches iteration. Cinnamon sponge cake and whipped cream offer a sublime texture with familiar (and delicious) flavors.

Bourbon House -The French Quarter restaurant delights diners with King Cake Pate de Choux stuffed with almond-orange-cinnamon pastry cream, topped with almond icing, and crowned with purple, green and gold sugar, served through Lundi Gras (closed for Mardi Gras day).

Sippable

Coffee or cocktails: have your king cake and sip it, too.

King Cake Bevvy at Bourbon House — The delicious King Cake Bevvy at Bourbon House features a dusting of purple, green, and gold sprinkles to the top of the drink. Order the King Cake pâte à choux, filled with almond-orange-cinnamon pastry cream, almond icing, and tricolor sugar to go along with your drink.

The king cake milkshake at Frey Smoke Meat Co. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

King Cake Milkshake at Frey Smoked Meat Co. — This Mid-City eatery prides itself on its barbecue plates and hearty sides, but their seasonal king cake milkshake is a showstopper. It’s quite the daunting treat, and we recommend grabbing a friend – or two – to share this colossal dessert with you (which comes complete with a slice of king cake on top, of course). 4141 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70119

Photo: Big Chief Ya Ya blend is available at French Truck Coffee locations for the 2018 carnival season.

French Truck Coffee – Lemony, fruity, well-rounded, and creamy are terms used to describe the French Truck Coffee Mardi Gras Blend known as Big Chief Ya Ya. You’re going to need a lot of coffee to get through the carnival season. Order the blend here. 1200 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 and 4536 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115

King Cake Latte at Community Coffee — New to the CC’s Mardi Gras menu is the Mardi Gras Mambo Latte and Mochassippi. Try it out or stick to a returning favorite, the King Cake Latte. Rather skip out on the calories? Try their king cake coffee blend instead. A light-roast, full-bodied blend, the Mardi Gras King Cake coffee is a balanced blend of cinnamon and vanilla. Plenty of locations.

Skinny King Cake Protein Velvet Ice at PJ’s Coffee If you’re looking for a “healthier” option when it comes to king cakes, this drink is for you. If you’re looking to indulge, go ahead and order the king cake latte. We love all of PJ’s seasonal drinks, but these have a delicious cinnamon-vanilla twist to them.

King Cake Brews from Abita — Pure, Louisiana cane sugar (lots of it) and artesian spring water are the basis of this caffeine-free soda from Abita. The taste is reminiscent of frosting and cinnamon dough. Pick up a six-pack at any local grocery store. Or, if you prefer a brewsky like we do, wait until you get a taste of their malty, full-bodied German Lager. Find the Mardi Gras Bock in grocery stores or online here.

King Cake Snowball at Sno-La Snowball Lounge — Known for their cheesecake-stuffed snowballs, this years Mardi Gras flavors have made their way back on the menu. Pour Me Something Mister, Fat Tuesday, and Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler are vibrant flavors that you’ll just have to try out for yourself. Get it in Metairie at 2311 N. Causeway Blvd.

The King Cake Sua Da, care of SoBou. Photo: SoBou

King Cake Sua Da at SoBou — Bar Chef Laura Bellucci created a boozy take on the classic king cake with her gluttonous mixture of cold brew coffee, king cake infused brandy, allspice dram liqueur, and of course, king cake sprinkles.

The Ojen cocktail at the Bombay Club is available for the 2018 Mardi Gras season. (Photo: The Bombay Club)

The Bombay Club – The Ojen Cocktail is back on the menu to get us into the Mardi Gras spirit. This drink features Legendre Ojen with Peychaud’s bitters and orgeat syrup to creative a deliciously festive concoction. Bonus tip: order this drink and receive a porcelain trinket of a musician. Collect all ten and you’ll have a full New Orleans jazz band, a great memento of the 2018 Mardi Gras season.

Savory

Don’t have a sweet tooth? Neither does this king cake.

Boudin and Bacon King Cake at Cake Cafe — The name kind of says it all. With boudin and bacon, this is a delicious, single-serving breakfast option with enough heft to carry you nicely through a parade or two.

Have yourself a King Cake burger. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

King Cake Burger – The King Cake Burger at is here for the 2018 Carnival season, and boy, are we in for a treat. Picture your favorite slider with a dusting of purple, green, and gold sugar sprinkles over top a layer of icing on the bun. It’s dinner and dessert all in one. Find out where the food truck will be next by following their Instagram.

A Cake by Another Name

Sweet samplings ideal for the non-traditionalists. 

Doberge King Cake — The New Orleans-style layer cake from Debbie Does Doberge dons a special king cake update during the season. Get it at Toups Meatery, and savor every layer.

King Cake Pain Perdu – The King Cake Pain Perdu makes its way onto the dessert menu at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse this Mardi Gras season. 716 Iberville St.

King Cake Cupcake — Teddy’s Cafe inside the Roosevelt Hotel serves up a king cake cupcake with an inventive flavor: honey almond thyme. The size is right, but surely you’ll want more than just one. Pair with a seasonal “Vive Le Reine” cocktail from the Sazerac Bar, just a couple doors down inside the expansive hotel lobby.

King Cake Eclair — No need to share at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, where the perfectly sized king cake eclair beckons with cinnamon-almond Bavarian cream.

King Cake Donut — Returning again for the 2018 Carnival season is the King Cake donut at District Donuts. Also on the menu is the Cuccidati (Italian Fig Cookie) style King Cake donut. Try ‘em both out and see what you think. Pairs well with the shop’s excellent coffee selections. 2209 Magazine St., 5637 Magazine St., 527 Harrison Ave., and 1126 S. Clearview Pkwy, Suite D, Metairie.

King Cake Monkey Bread — Emeril’s New Orleans features king cake monkey bread and a similar schedule (closed on Mardi Gras Day).

King Cake Macarons — Sucre serves up its signature macarons in king cake flavors this time of year.

A king cake cannoli. (Photo via Arabella Casa di Pasta on Facebook)

King Cake Cannoli — Arabella Casa Di Pasta in the Marigny adds new textures to king cake flavors with its crisp on the outside and custard-y on the inside cannoli. No baby, but an elegant dusting of purple, green, and gold sugar will do just fine.

King Cake Sundae — Emeril’s Delmonico tempts with its king cake sundae, featuring pecan ice cream, Chantilly cream, toasted pecans, and bananas foster sauce.

King Cake Croissant — Even lighter and flakier than a traditional king cake, in a convenient, single-serving size. Available at Salon by Sucre.

Grocery

Because there’s nothing wrong with picking up a king cake when you’re making groceries.

Breaux Mart This locally owned and operated grocery store on Magazine Street offers different types of king cake, from unfilled to praline-covered. Pick one up as you make your way down the storied street.

Whole Foods Market — Even if it isn’t healthy, you’ll at least feel healthy indulging in this (probably) GMO-free king cake. Locations in Mid-City, Uptown, and Metairie.

Rouses Market — An affordable way to please a crowd! Pick up a packaged cake at your nearest Rouses, but remember to hide the baby inside before you dig in (it hangs out, totally naked, in the center of the cake to avoid any choking hazards).

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