Gambino's is a full-service bakery that has been in business since 1949, as the beautifully retro neon wedding cake on their Veteran's Memorial Boulevard sign testifies.
With five locations and a loyal clientele, they are king cake rock stars, shipping them over the country. Several years ago, owner Sam Scelfo Jr. told us about when the bakery switching from bread dough to Danish dough in their king cakes in the early 1980s. This prompted them to include the Danish filling, and filled king cakes were born.
Locations: 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504.885.7500; 300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 504.391.0600; 8646 Goodwood, Baton Rouge, 225.928.7000; 8342 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, 225.766.8831 and 3802 Johnston Suite C, Lafayette, 337.406.9066.
This king cakes looks like a king cake should, oval and baked to an appetizing brown. The sugar has melted into the poured fondant icing, which is separated in some areas, as if it was put on when the cake was still warm. This is a beautifully textured dough, one of the lightest we have encountered, and also very sweet. It has a thin but consistent layer of cinnamon rolled into the dough. The cake is well-packaged in a box for ease of transportation. Other flavors include: cream cheese, almond wedding cake, pecan praline, chocolate cream cheese, strawberry and raspberry.
Type: Rolled brioche
Baby: Inside the cake, thank goodness.
I said it: "Next time I want to try their praline cream cheese."