Where to get king cakes in New Orleans
During Carnival season, king cakes can be found just about anywhere: grocery stores, big box chains, even convenience stores. But for an authentic experience, your best bet is to go to a locally-owned bakery and have a king cake made by a true professional. Here are some New Orleans favorites:
Antoine’s Famous Cakes
Perfect for those looking for a simple, traditional king cake. These are filled with generous amounts of cinnamon before baking. Its topped with a creamy purple, green and gold icing, but never granulated sugar.
Locations: 3030 Severn Ave., Suite B, Metairie
1300 Stumpf Blvd., Gretna
Phone: 504-309-8599 (Metairie) or 504-368-6222 (Gretna)
Unlike a lot of king cakes, cinnamon isn’t used here. Instead, the bakers go with a mixture of butter, cream cheese and sugar. The result is a unique moisture and sweetness that makes these king cakes stand out.
Location: 3624 Dauphine St., New Orleans
Caluda’s King Cake
This bakery sells king cakes year-round, but ups its game during Carnival. In addition to traditional filled and unfilled cakes, Caluda’s has weekly specials featuring fillings like maple bacon praline and bananas foster.
Location: 1536 River Oaks Road West, Harahan
In recent years, king cakes here have exploded in popularity. The Vietnamese bakery started out making just 100 king cakes per year. That number has since grown to more than 30,000 per year. Their king cakes are known for being very flaky and having a cream cheese-based icing.
Location: 14207 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans
Phone: 504-254-0214 or 504-254-1568
With additional locations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Gambino’s is a staple of the Louisiana baking scene. It’s especially known for its variety of king cake flavors and using a sweet Danish dough mixed with cinnamon swirls. Can’t decide on just one flavor? Gambino’s offers two-filling king cakes with combinations like praline/cream cheese, strawberry/Bavarian cream and strawberry/cream cheese.
Location: 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie
Haydel’s has been open for more than three generations. In 2010, it set the Guinness World Record for the largest king cake. In addition to traditional king cakes, Haydel’s also shapes them in specialty designs like pink ribbons and the fleur-de-lis.
Location: 4037 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans
Phone: 504-837-0190 or 1-800-442-1342
These king cakes are for you if you aren’t into heavy filling or icing. Traditional, moist and light, these creations stand out by being delicate, with a touch of cinnamon and sprinkled granulated sugars on top.
Location: 439 Terry Parkway, Terrytown
This bakery takes a classic approach, with its king cake method based in the original French gallette des rois, and many without colorful frosting. But they aren’t afraid to get creative. In recent years, a popular favorite has been the Elvis – filled with peanut butter, roasted bananas, marshmallows and candied bacon.
Location: 4600 Magazine St., New Orleans
Laurel Street Bakery
A couple of things make these king cakes stand out. First is the cinnamon roll dough. The second is that everything on these king cakes is made from scratch, down to the icing and sprinkles.
Location: 2701 South Broad St., New Orleans
Manny Randazzo Original King Cakes
Randazzo uses a family recipe first developed by his father in 1965. Since then, it’s become one of New Orleans’ favorites. In fact, local residents voted Randazzo’s pecan praline king cake the best in town in 2012.
Location: 3515 North Hullen St., Metairie
Maurice French Pastries
The staff here loves to get creative with specialty king cakes like the General Foster (bananas foster, vanilla and Chantilly cream), the Bourbon Street (chocolate custard, bourbon, toasted pecans, Chantilly cream) and the Ponchatoula (Bavarian cream, fresh strawberries, Chantilly cream, toasted almonds), just to name a few.
Location: 3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie