As we move into the carefree Carnival season, Louisianians begin to indulge in rich gumbos, spicy jambalayas, and an ever-expanding range of styles and flavors of the celebrated Mardi Gras king cake. Whether traditional or filled with unexpected ingredients, there are countless varieties to satisfy your sweet tooth. We’re sure any of these beautiful desserts will make an elegant statement at your next Mardi Gras gathering.
One of the most recognizable Mardi Gras sweets, the traditional king cake is seen in most New Orleanian homes throughout Carnival Season. This traditional king cake is topped with glaze and colored sugars.
During Carnival, Cochon Butcher in New Orleans pays tribute to a king not typically linked to Mardi Gras: the king of rock ‘n’ roll himself, Elvis Presley. With his birthday falling on January 8, just two days after the Epiphany, it’s fitting that the Warehouse District restaurant lets the good times rock and roll with an Elvis King Cake.
About five years ago, 2014 Chef to Watch LisaMarie White unveiled a particularly decadent king cake at Domenica in New Orleans. Her resplendent take on the classic Mardi Gras dessert is a feast for the senses: a tender cake stuffed with pastry cream, topped with a praline glaze, salted caramel, and even flecks of edible gold leaf.