We asked: Which bakery in the New Orleans area has the best king cake? And, boy, did y’all let us know.
Readers nominated more than 30 confectioners to be considered in our quest to find the bakery in New Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard or the River Parishes that makes the most delectable king cakes.
Now, we’ve put all of your suggestions into an online poll. It’s time for you to select which of reader-nominated bakeries is really the greatest.
PLEASE NOTE: Manny Randazzo King Cakes in Metairie was inadvertently omitted from the poll when it was published at 5 a.m. Tuesday. It has been added to the poll but appears at the bottom of the list and not in alphabetical order.
The top vote-getters will be revealed on Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. online and Jan. 7 in the Living section of The Times-Picayune.
Starting Jan. 10, join us in person for weekly tastings or watch this site for videos, photos and blog posts as our tasters continue their "Best King Cake" quest. Add your comments as we go.
Our king cake tasting team will be led by food editor Judy Walker, with news reporter Danny Monteverde and a mystery taster. Videographer Doug MacCash will record their tastings.
Watch this site or read the Feb. 16 Living section for food editor Judy Walker's final tally of taster scores and the crowning of the 2012 Best King Cake.
For updates about King Cake tasting party Tweet-ups, follow along on Twitter: @NolaNews, @JudyWalkerTP, @DMonteverdeTP and @DougMacCashTp.
Please vote today and help us decide which of these terrific bakeries we will visit.
Gallery: New Orleans King Cakes