Best king cake in East Jefferson: Readers' choice 2017

The top vote-getters in our poll to find the best king cakes in East Jefferson Parish were no surprise: Manny Randazzo's and Haydel's Bakery got the most votes by far, with Caluda's coming in third.

In 2012, Times-Picayune/ King Cake King crown went to the pecan praline king cake at Manny Randazzo King Cakes in Metairie. Haydel's is known nationwide -- and beyond -- for its king cakes.

The folks behind Caluda's have been in the king cake business since the 1990s.

That's a lot of kind bake experience among these three top vote-getters.

In 2017, we ran five king cake polls asking to nominated and then vote for best king cakes by geographic area in the greater New Orleans metro area. Our goal was to find lesser-known bakeries and go deeper into communities to find which cakes residents liked best.

Fewer folks voted in this poll than did for Orleans Parish (read about winners here) and the North Shore (read about winners here), so we are naming just three winners.

Also, when we sought nominations, neither the West Bank or outlying parishes sent us enough nominees to warrant a poll. See the nominees here and here, respectively.

The top three East Jefferson king cake winners are listed, starting with the cake that received the most votes in our poll.

1. Manny Randazzo's

3515 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 504.456.1476, 866.456.1476

2. Haydel's Bakery

4037 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 800.442.1342, 504.837.0190

3. Caluda's

1536 River Oaks Road, West, Harahan, 504.218.5655