It’s basically impossible to stay trim in Louisiana. We go straight from the holidays into King Cake Season. There’s no New Year’s resolutions on dieting for us! Twelfth Night comes around and out comes the delicious sugary sweet bread.
King Cake season runs from Epiphany through Mardi Gras until Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. The tradition is that whomever gets the “baby” trinket in the cake buys the next one. Most of the local bakeries will ship. You can also find box mixes and recipes to make at home. Some are plain cinnamon and sugar and some have intricate fruit and cream fillings.
Gambino’s (New Orleans & Baton Rouge) Traditional New Orleans Cake. They ship a party in a box!
Randazzo’s (New Orleans) sets up a special pickup location during the season. The line goes around the block on the big days! It’s worth the wait!
Sucre (New Orleans) makes a beautiful gilded King Cake. It tastes as good as it looks!
Ambrosia (Baton Rouge) creates a delicious coconut, chocolate and cream cheese cake. Reminiscent of the Zulu Krewe theme of throwing coconuts on Mardi Gras Day
The Galette Des Roi from La Boulangerie (New Orleans) makes the French pastry Galette De Roi filled with almond creme and a porcelain charm. We collect the charms every year. Be careful, don’t break a tooth on these charms!
What’s your favorite King Cake?