Cake Cafe & Bakery owner Steve Himelfarb once sold cakes door to door, but he's had a fixed address at this Marigny corner since 2007. He makes a variety of cakes, including cream cheese, pecan cream and raspberry cream, in both full and miniature sizes. His apple and goat cheese cake, however, is his contribution to Carnival season.
In 2017, he introduced a gluten-free king cake, but it has to be ordered ahead of time, just as any special-order cakes.
Cakes are available in the shop, but it is best to call ahead at least 24-hours before pick-up, 48-hours for gluten-free cakes or any special orders.
Cake Cafe & Bakery's goat cheese and apple king cake
2440 Chartres St., New Orleans, 504.943.0010
Himelfarb has baked his goat cheese and apple king cake since he opened in the Marigny. Although gourmet spins are common now, Himelfarb was one of the first to push the pastry envelope when it came to the king cake. He starts with his own sweet dough, which -- unlike brioche -- includes shortening along with butter. Himelfarb believes butter-only king cakes dry out too quickly. Then he adds a filling of goat cheese and fresh, sliced apples. The bright squiggles of icing across the top look like an explosion of purple, green and gold silly string. Pecan cream cheese, raspberry cream cheese and original.
Type: A soft sweet dough filled with fresh fruit and goat cheese.
Baby: Either a black or a white baby sits on top.
The newsroom said: "It's really apples and has that crispness." "This is better than cream cheese."
Price: $27, with $6.50 and $7 for minis.
Lagniappe: Cake Cafe & Bakery makes a boudin-filled mini king cakes as well. Read about it here. Each day, the apple goat cheese mini and a rotating flavored mini is available in-shop only. (Orders for multiple minis will be taken.)
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