Food & Drink

Mail-Order King Cakes

A taste of Mardi Gras delivered

photo: Courtesy of King Cake Snob

You don’t have to be in New Orleans to get your hands on a piece (or two) of king cake. Bakeries across Louisiana and beyond celebrate carnival season by whipping up the sprinkle-covered pastry by the thousand, many offering creative new takes on the time-honored sweet. Here, we’ve rounded up ten available by mail. Just watch out for the plastic baby.

Ambrosia Bakery
Baton Rouge, LA

This Baton Rouge bakeshop turns out between three and four hundred king cakes each day. More than a dozen flavor combos are available, but the signature Zulu king cake topped with chocolate fudge and toasted coconut is the real showstopper.

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BisKing Cake
Shreveport, LA

Jim Broyle’s unmistakably Southern take on the classic recipe has become something of a phenomenon since its debut during the 2018 Mardi Gras season. The savory-sweet biscuit dough meets an artful splatter of icing, making for a delightful (and delicious) break from tradition.

PS—in 2018, we got the scoop from Broyles himself.

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Breads on Oak
New Orleans, LA

Yes, an organic king cake does exist. The king cakes at NOLA bakery Breads on Oak are made with organic flours, natural colors, and non-dairy ingredients. But this doesn’t mean they skimp on flavor, with an array of filling options—from traditional cinnamon to bourbon peach praline to a sweet and spicy voodoo cake made with local cayenne and ghost peppers. Just don’t expect a plastic baby—keeping things natural, you’ll find an almond hidden inside instead.

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Caluda’s King Cake
Harahan, LA

Pastry chef John Caluda knows his way around a king cake: after all, he’s been perfecting his recipe for more than thirty-five years. With their Danish dough base, butter and cinnamon sugar glaze, and thick slather of icing, Caluda’s cakes come with several filling options—or try their flavor of the week.

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Haydel’s Bakery
New Orleans, LA

There’s a reason Haydel’s Bakery ships upwards of 30,000 king cakes annually. The first New Orleans bakery to begin shipping their Mardi Gras treats back in the 1980s, the shop proudly makes its cakes “the old fashioned way,” hand braiding the dough and icing with care.

Joe Gambino’s Bakery
New Orleans, LA

Another year-round provider, Joe Gambino’s cakes are known for their array of customizable filling options, from Bavarian cream to strawberry to chocolate cream cheese.

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La Louisiane Bakery
Harahan, LA

It’s always Mardi Gras season at La Louisiane, where the rich brioche king cakes are up for grabs all year. Whether you opt for the old school recipe, a pecan praline filling, or the popular yellow cake version, don’t expect it to last long.

Manny Randazzo
Metairie, LA

Pillowy and sprinkle-laden, the Randazzo family’s cakes have become so popular that they ship them year-round, and in a variety of styles—from traditional cinnamon to pecan praline.

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Paul’s Pastry Shop
Picayune, MS

Paul’s has their beloved mail-order cakes down to a science. The pastry arrives on your doorstep in a box with DIY glaze, sprinkles, and other festive surprises, delivering a Mardi Gras party to your very own kitchen.

Poupart Bakery
Lafayette, LA

For the purists out there, Poupart offers a traditional French-style king cake—that is, round puff pastry with almond filling, sans the usual sprinkles and icing. The bakery recommends enjoying a slice warm, accompanied by a cup of coffee. Breakfast, anyone?

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