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  • Big Swede Feb 1, 2002 06:42 PM
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Is it possible to buy a king cake in Los Angeles? Has anyone ever tasted a king cake that has been mailed across the country?

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  1. What's a King Cake, please?

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    1. re: MizThang
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      Vanessa On The Town

      I believe King cake's are traditionally served at Mardi Gras time on one of the observed Catholic days. Popular, of course, in New Orleans If I remember correctly they are twisted dough in a ring shape, sprinkled with colored sugar and there's a small plastic baby hidden inside or maybe it's a small plastic ring. I think if you get the prize, it means something, some kind of good luck. Someone else can correct or elaborate.

      1. re: Vanessa On The Town

        It's a baby Jesus.
        The best place to order them is Gambino's.
        Now I am not fond of King Cake at all - so I could only tell you that they are every bit as boring in taste when shipped as they are when baked the day before. Now their red velvet cake is another story altogether.
        Best,
        AZ

        Link: http://www.gambinosbakery.com/

        1. re: Vanessa On The Town
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          More of Everything

          I believe whoever gets the piece of cake with the baby, is supposed to host the next king cake party.

        2. re: MizThang

          Having moved from the Big Easy (New Orleans) a few months back, I miss not seeing king cakes everywhere. They are a round (almost donut like) cake covered with purple, yellow, and green sprinkles and icing, and have a plastic baby hidden in the middle somewhere. He who finds the baby buys the next cake.
          cheers,
          Zach
          "Throw me somethin mista!"

        3. No, but I know where you could find a queen cake.

          (I am sorry, that was just too good of an openning, no offense intended for anyone.)

          What is a king cake? Is that like Al Greenwood, the late Beadspread King or like Paul The King Of Big Screen TV's? Oh, silly me, a king cake must be an Elvis impersonator cake.

          1. I know that at the Gumbo Pot in Farmers market they sell slices of King Cake. If you call Harold & Belle's, or Uncle Dawson's, someone there should be able to tell you where to get a King Cake. I assume the King Cake comes with the baby in it. Or else it wouldn't be a king cake now would it?

            1. Oddly enough, I was asked by my VP to procur one this very afternoon (before I read this post). I called Postino's Bakery in Glendale and they informed me that they used to make them but have not had enough orders this year to warrant it. They will, however, decorate one of their standard cakes in the appropriate colors (purple, green, and gold, I believe), and give you a plastic baby to stick in where you will...

              1. King cakes are shipped by overnight express delivery, so they are only approximately a day old when they arrive. I'm a current resident of New Orleans, and during Mardi Gras king cakes appear regularly in our office. They are probably about as fresh as the one you get delivered to you. Someone mentioned Gambino's, which is a good mail order source; lots of other local bakeries including Haydel's and the King Cake King will make and ship them. In fact you can get them year round from many of those places, although in New Orleans they're only eaten during Mardi Gras season. It's a kind of coffee cake -- slightly sweet egg-yeast bread with heavy frosting and often heavily sprinkled with colored purple, green and yellow sugar. It can have a strawberry filling, or cream cheese, or other berries. Gambino's makes a praline filling. For me it falls in the category of "not worth the calories." But most people around here like them. And yes, whoever gets the baby is supposed to buy the next king cake. A regular king cake costs somewhere around $35 - $40 delivered from NOLA to LA, with beads, doubloons and literature inserted in the box.

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                1. re: Sarah C

                  "not worth the calories"..... funny I find myself saying that a lot lately. About half the time I can manage to walk away from those foods.

                  Twice someone sent a king cake to my office and someone placed it in the kitchen without posting the baby CHOKING HAZARD warning.

                  Imagine how disconcerting it is to bite into a plastic baby! Always remember to chew thoroughly! :)

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                    michael (mea culpa)

                    Imagine how disconcerting it is to bite into a plastic baby! Always remember to chew thoroughly! :)>>
                    Been reading Jonathan Swift?

                    1. re: michael (mea culpa)

                      You know, if the baby is cooked in a decent-enough sauce, it is sufficiently tender that choking should not be a problem.

                      I love Jonathan Swift.

                2. I don't know where you're located, but there is a little French sandwich shop/bakery on Sherman Way, just west of the Van Nuys Post Office at Haskell (the very next right turn, or left if you're traveling east) that makes both King and Queen Cakes. Wish I could remember the name of the place. It's on your right just as you enter the parking lot.

                  1. I ordered a King Cake last year from some bakery in New Orleans (can't remember which one). It was shipped overnight and was delicious and very fresh! I highly recommend ordering one. There are a ton of bakeries that can be searched on the web. Good luck and happy eating!

                    1. my birthday's next week and i miss living in new orleans, so i'm ordering a king cake!! thanks for all the recommendations. i was thinking of tracking a local one down, too. but since i've never tasted a truly amazing king cake, i'm sure mail order over night will do.

                      1. O! happy mardi gras!!!!

                        1. I could be remembering this wrong, but I think some Costco's actually have king cakes this time of year.