While everyone else is beginning to track their new year’s resolutions and saying goodbye to sweets, New Orleans is preparing to welcome back one of their sweetest and most beloved delicacies: King Cake. If this is your first time in New Orleans during Mardi Gras and you’re ready to indulge like a native, check out a few of these places listed below to fulfill your king cake curiosities. Want to bring some of the sweetness home? Check with the individual bakeries, as many will ship king cakes all across the country.
Our Favorite King Cakes in New Orleans
Boasted by locals far and wide as the best king cake in the state, Randazzo’s is a Metairie-based bakery dedicated to king cakes and only king cakes. Once the shop opens in mid-December, patrons can expect lines wrapped around the building and down the block for one of their famous king cake creations. You can choose from flavors such as strawberry cream cheese, pecan praline, lemon, apple and more, but most will tell you that the traditional king cake does the trick from Randazzo’s. Won’t be in the city for Mardi Gras? No worries. Order one of Randazzo’s specialty king cakes online with their overnight delivery.
They say three’s a crowd – but the trifecta of king cakes at Brennan’s is just what we need this Carnival season. The parade of the Brennan’s three king cakes begins with the Traditional King Cake of brioche dough rolled with aromatic cinnamon filling and baked to a golden brown, topped with decadent frosty white icing and colored sugar. Next up is the Pink Parade King Cake, filled with luscious strawberry jam and whipped cream cheese. The third sweet member of the royal trio is the Chocolate ‘Black and Gold’ King Cake, a rich chocolate brioche dough twirled with a center of chocolate icing and topped with chocolate ganache. Order online or pick these cakes up at the King Cake Hub. We won’t judge you for snatching up all three.
This decadent king cake is from James Beard Award-winning chef, Kelly Fields. Known as the Caramel Crunch King Cake, this seasonal treat flies off the shelves every Carnival season. Order in advance and pick it up in store.
It should come as no surprise that the queen of pralines makes her mark on another legendary New Orleans dessert. Alongside her specialty pralines, beignets, cookies and pies - Ms. Loretta also serves seasonal king cakes. Locals and visitors alike can’t pass up her praline cream cheese filled king cake. Beginning in December, stop in for a slice or even a whole cake.
Gracious Bakery releases new takes on king cake each year (this year it's the Bananas Foster) and have multiple locations for you to try them. They are also known for their Queen Cakes, which have frangipane filling. New this year, try making a king cake of your own with the help of a Gracious Bakery King Cake Kit.
Known for her treats that offer a “taste of New Orleans,” Adrian’s Bakery offers a selection of their special king cakes year-round. Ask about their double-filled or supreme king cakes so you never have to choose between flavors again! For orders outside of Mardi Gras season make sure to call two days in advance and you can enjoy king cake on any given day of the year.
This French bakery creates a variety of creative king cakes and a great traditional one. Enjoy traditional cinnamon, strawberry almond, pretzel or chocolate. As for the baby, you will instead find a miniature pig.
It's no surprise that a top rated donut shop makes delicious king cake as well. This sweet treat is full of cream cheese and dark chocolate and finished with a vanilla bean glaze.
For over 100 years, Angelo Brocato’s has made its mark as a local Italian sweet shop offering gelato, cannolis, biscotti and other pastries and treats. With the aid of the Harahan-based Caluda’s King Cakes, Angelo Brocato’s offers up some of the tastiest king cake in the city. Traditional, praline filled, raspberry cream cheese and more are brought from Harahan to Mid-City each and every Mardi Gras season!
Located in the heart of the Bywater, stop by Bywater Bakery for a selection of unique and freshly baked king cakes this Mardi Gras season. Like many others, Bywater Bakery begins its king cake storm Jan. 6. Their array of cakes includes cheesecake-filled, Chantilly-filled and even a savory crawfish option. Shake up your king cake selection this year at Bywater Bakery!
Swing by the King Cake Hub starting January 6 for all things king cake. A selection of over 60 local cakes in both traditional and new flavors will be available along with treats like king cake ice cream, king cake bread pudding and king cake on a stick. Order online in advance or stop by 636 N Broad Ave. to see what’s available.
This is just a short and very sweet list of must-try king cakes across the city. For more bakeries offering king cake and to learn more about the history and tradition of king cakes in New Orleans, visit here.