New Year’s resolution to stay away from sweets? Ha! Not in New Orleans where our seasons revolve around the food we eat. January 6th officially kicks off the Carnival Season, which means no one is going to judge you when you have king cake for breakfast, lunch, snack, dessert. It’s even an acceptable dinner while you’re out on the parade route. It’s bready and sweet, comes in a variety of styles, and you might get a baby out of the deal. If you’re looking to satisfy a king cake craving or truly become a connoisseur this year, the New Orleans King Cake Guide is for you.
With locations in Metairie and Gretna, Antione’s Bakery offers decadent king cakes and a special cake they call the “Queen Cake.”
You can find Caluda’s king cakes in neighborhood pharmacies and local restaurants, and they are even hosting a King Cake Festival on King’s Day this year.
These icing drenched, sprinkle-topped king cakes have a cult following, and sell out constantly. Be prepared for the well-worth-it long lines! There is a reason this was voted the best king cake in our Best of the 504 awards in 2017.
This Vietnamese bakeshop has risen quickly in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. Located in New Orleans East, these king cakes can also be found around town in the Greater New Orleans area at places such as Pizza NOLA.
Two words: edible glitter. This king cake is as beautiful as it is delicious, and it’s covered in sparkles.
Not only do they offer the traditional Mackenzie’s king cake that purists adore, but also they have a donut king cake. Breakfast is served.
Haydel’s king cakes come with delicious fillings, and each cake comes with a collectible figurine.
Travel to the Westbank for these uniquely shaped king cakes covered in traditional sugar topping.
Choose from apple, cream cheese, praline, and a variety of other tempting king cake fillings!
These are old-school New Orleans king cakes that will satisfy everyone in the group. You might want to pick up a Doberge cake while you’re there too!
With chocolate icing, whipped cream insides, and other varieties, Maurice’s king cakes are not traditional or disappointing! The Ponchatoula strawberry filled king cake is to die for.
You won’t believe these king cakes are organic and vegan, but they are! Now you can have your cake and enjoy it with less guilt too.
Our team voted this the cake for when you need something NOW and you don't have time to go to a bakery to get it. Rouses is convenient and the cake is good.
If you're looking for a cake that is natural with no preservatives, than Whole Foods is the place. Try the berry chantilly cream filled cake, you won't be sorry!
Girls Gone Vegan
Gluten free and need a king cake fix without making it yourself? Girls Gone Vegan is 100% gluten free and vegan. Cakes are available at the Green Fork or for delivery (see their website for more information).
Leave us a comment and tell us who has your favorite king cake and why you love it so much!
Alyse grew up in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge as a somewhat dual citizen. She met her husband when they were in diapers, and they now have two young sons who are equally rambunctious as they are sweet. Working in marketing and development for a local museum, she loves the history and energy of her French Quarter office…where else can you join a second line by accident? Aside from life as a law student wife and #boymom, she is committed to voluntarism through the Junior League of New Orleans and currently serves as co-chair of the Diaper Bank committee. In her free time (ha!) Alyse enjoys gardening, watching British dramas, baking, and other old lady habits.