The King Cakes We’re Eating This Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the NOLA year: last night marked the official start of Mardi Gras season! We’re so ready to (break our New Year’s resolutions and) dig in to all of the king cakes.

These are the ones we can’t wait to eat this year,

Glittery King Cake

Sucré – multiple locations and also available online.

sucre king cake

Sucre’s signature buttery danish pastry is sweetened by cinnamon and raw cane sugar then baked with a light layer of creole cream cheese. Plus it’s covered in glitter, making it oh so extra.

King Cake Cheesecake

Copeland’s Cheescake Bistro – 2001 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

king cake cheesecake

Copeland’s has combined two of our favorite desserts: king cake and cheesecake. Trust us, you do not want to miss out on this one this year.

Cuccidati King Cake

District Donuts – multiple locations and also available online.

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This king cake is based on the Italian Fig Cookie, they take a brioche dough and stuff it with a filling of fig, date, walnut, raisin, honey, orange, and spices. It’s then finished with a vanilla bean glaze and nonperils.

Pecan Praline King Cake

Gracious Bakery – multiple locations

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Every year, Gracious Bakery surprises us with their creative flavors, and they’re always delicious. This year, we’re particularly intrigued by the Valrhona Pecan Praline filled King Cake glazed and topped with candied pecans.

Mardi Gras Layer Cake

Beth Biundo Sweets –  3917 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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Technically not a king cake, but it’s definitely a cake fit for a king (or a queen). You’ll definitely want to swing by Beth Biundo’s and snap the perfect insta of this layered Mardi Gras cake.

Caramel Crunch King Cake

Willa Jean – 611 O’Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113, you can also order online for pick up

willa jean king cake

Bronwen Wyatt, Willa Jean’s newest pastry chef, is making her king cake debut and we are so impressed. Caramel Crunch King cake + cinnamon + cream cheese glaze,

Cream Cheese Filled King Cake

Gambino’s Bakery – Multiple Locations and also available online.

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Photo by The Advocate

An oldie but always a goodie, if you’re into the traditional king cakes or intro trying out tons of different feelings you have to try Gambino’s king cake.

Babka King Cake

Shaya Restaurant – 4213 Magazine Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70115, you can also order online for pick up.

Shaya King Cake

This non-traditional babka cake is one of our favorites. Though we’ve tried it in Mardi Gras past, we can’t wait to cheat on our diets with a slice of this beauty.

And because we love king cake and y’all so much, we’ll be giving away king cakes every week on our Instagram. So, head over to @babesandbeignets and enter to win one of these fabulous Mardi Gras treats.

Happy Carnival y’all!