For Mardi Gras 2012, help us crown New Orleans 'Best King Cake'

The Times-Picayune By The Times-Picayune
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on December 27, 2011 at 5:00 AM, updated January 06, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Editor's note: Thanks everyone for your many comments. Now, we’ve put all of your suggestions into an online poll. It’s time for you to vote to select which of reader-nominated bakeries is really the greatest. Vote here: King cake poll 2012.

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Ask a gathering of friends who makes the best king cake in New Orleans. Then — step back. Chances are there will be verbal fireworks, as the answers will be as passionate as they are varied.

We’re jumping into that sweet fray with our quest to answer the question: Which bakery in the New Orleans area makes the very “Best King Cake”?

The competition’s goal: To find the bakery in New Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard or the River Parishes that makes the most delectable confection in a city that is rich with great king cakes.

Help us out by leaving a comment on this blog post that tells us: Which bakery makes the best king cakes? If you have a specific flavor, filling or style that you’d like us to try, share that as well.

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, we’ll put all of your suggestions into an online poll and ask readers to vote their favorite. The top vote-getters will be revealed on King’s Day, Jan. 6, at 5 p.m.

Then, the fun begins: We will visit each of the top-vote-getting bakeries to conduct a taste test and rate each bakery’s offerings to determine who takes home the “Best King Cake 2012” crown.

Our King Cake tasting team will be led by food editor Judy Walker. She will be joined at each tasting by crime reporter Danny Monteverde, a dyed-in-the-wool New Orleanian who has never quite gotten over the closing of McKenzie’s, and a mystery/celebrity taster. Our intrepid videographer Doug MacCash will record their investigative eating for posterity.

Best of all: You, our readers, are invited to join us at the bakeries. We’ll tell you where and when each tasting will take place, share a slice of king cake and solicit your feedback for our stories.

Thanks in advance for your help. And happy feasting!