Our Top King Cakes

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.

Traditional King Cake

Traditional King Cake Recipe

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.

Elvis King Cake

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.

Domenica 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.

Chocolate King Cake

As much as we love picking up king cakes from our favorite bakeries during Carnival Season, there’s really nothing better than freshly baked. This Chocolate King Cake is a decadent twist on the traditional Mardi Gras treat.

Creole Cream Cheese and Satsuma King Cake

Born in South Louisiana, on the feast of the epiphany, Chef Nathan Richard of Kingfish in New Orleans has Mardi Gras in his blood. The former Thibodaux King of Carnival has been celebrating in his hometown of Thibodaux since birth, and over the years has developed a unique appreciation for the traditions and pageantry of the season that includes this delicious and unique king cake.

Strawberries and Cream King Cake

A fresh take on a traditional favorite. This Strawberries and Cream King Cake is a must-try.

Cinnamon-Pecan King Cake

This Cinnamon-Pecan King Cake will become a Carnival time favorite.

Galette des Rois

 The familiar brioche king cake, plain or stuffed and topped with sugar, is and will always be one of the Bayou State’s most fêted culinary treasures. But lately we’ve had our eyes on the lesser known but equally delicious French king cake: the galette des rois.

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