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King Cake - A New Orleans Tradition

Updated on January 5, 2016
This is a traditional brioche style king cake.
This is a traditional brioche style king cake.

A Delicious Tradition for Carnival Season

It's cake!

It's bread!

It's an oversized cinnamon roll!

It's King Cake and it's delicious.

Sometimes associated with the festival of Epiphany during the Christmas season in countries such as France, Belgium and Switzerland, king cakes are best known in the United States for being served during Carnival or Mardi Gras.

Read on for more information about king cake traditions, some links to king cake recipes as well as a list of the most popular king cake bakeries in New Orleans - order and have yours delivered to you if you can't come here.

Did you know?

By tradition, king cakes are never served before January 6th - twelfth night - nor after Mardi Gras day.

How We Feel About King Cakes

Delicious icing and tri-colored sugar (purple, green and gold" are common toppings for king cake.
Delicious icing and tri-colored sugar (purple, green and gold" are common toppings for king cake.

A Ring of Gooey Goodness

King cakes come in a number of styles, but the most common is a ring of twisted bread similar to brioche. It is then topped with icing and/or sugar that is colored purple, green and gold - the colors of Carnival. Some varieties of king cake have filling such as cream cheese, praline, cinnamon, raspberry and chocolate.

Listed below are four of the most popular king cake bakeries in New Orleans.

My personal favorite is Randazzo's because of these soft gooey icing and raspberry fillings that they offer. But, you have to order ahead or risk not getting your king cake. Plan on standing in line, too!


Did you know?

By tradition, if you get the piece of cake with the plastic trinket - most often a baby - you are obligated to bring the next cake.

How to Make King Cake

Where do you get your king cake?

Favorite King Cake Bakery?

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      6 years ago

      i love king cake! so many awesome memories of my childhood. great lens!

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 

      7 years ago from FL

      Loved the photos on this lens. Hereâs a virtual string of Mardi Gras beads for you!

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      Louis Wery 

      7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Love King Cake & the photos on this lens. Hereâs a virtual string of Mardi Gras beads for you! Blessed...

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      Jimmie Quick 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I've eaten one before although I don't think it was very authentic. I found your lens while doing a Mardi Gras quest. This lens fits the description of "a lens that features a photo of a traditional Mardi Gras food, or recipe."

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      7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      That's a beautiful king cake!

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      7 years ago

      I've never eaten a King Cake but your lens sure makes me want to! Thanks for the visual taste. Sprinkling some Mardi Gras beads -- I'm using your lens to fulfill part of the Mardi Gras quest!

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      8 years ago from Rhode Island

      yummy lens! never heard of it but sounds yummy great lens.

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      5 stars and lensrolled. - makes me salivate! I might order one, but I bet it would be great freshly made. They know how to eat in New Orleans.

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      8 years ago

      New Orleans SUCRE has the BEST King Cake EVER!! I am shipping their King Cakes to

      my friends throughout the country. It is a must at Mardi Gras time,

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      This looks deadly, I'd love to try it. Nice work!

    • llfincannon profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Fincannon 

      8 years ago from New Orleans and South Florida

      @eclecticeducati1: Thank you! I'm doubly honored.

    • llfincannon profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Fincannon 

      8 years ago from New Orleans and South Florida

      @Ramkitten2000: Oh, it is. It truly is. It makes my tongue happy, but not my hips.

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      8 years ago

      Cool lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel and lensrolling to my Mardi Gras Lapbook lens.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Hm, another thing I've never heard of. But it sure sounds delish!


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