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Jan 1, 2009 06:37 PM

Best Place to buy King Cake??

I will be in New Orleans during the week of Feb. 9 for business and would like to bring home a great King Cake. I live in Arlington, VA, right outside of Washington, DC, and while we have a few bakeries that make King Cakes, I don't think they compare to what I can buy in New Orleans.

Your recommendations on where to buy the best King Cake would be greatly appreciated.



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  1. if you are looking for a filled cake i love love love Gambinos i live in Biloxi M.S. and drive over to N.O. just to get a few i have yet to find a better cake in the area. i did have a friend bring a cake to a party a few years back that was the best i have ever had it was a doughnut cake from a place called Meche's. i think the bakery is in Lafayette. does anyone know if they sell them in N.O.?

    1. Haydel's Bakery
      order online or pick up from their store on Jeff Hwy at Gelpi on the way to the airport.

      order online or go to their Fr. Qtr. store at 701 Royal or their store on Airline at Labarre on the way to the airport.

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      1. re: edible complex

        I agree with these two choices. Gambino's cakes are way too sweet for my taste. I suggest ordering from Haydel's and have it shipped to you, unless it's important to present it immediately upon your arrival home. I used to work for UPS customer service, and Haydel's shipped hundreds of King Cakes everyday. I think it would be difficult to carry on an airplane.

        1. re: marthasway

          I had a Rouse's plain cake last week, and I was impressed with the old-fashioned, cinnamony, yeasty flavor. It reminded me of king cakes from way-back-when, before fillings became popular. That said, it had entirely too much white fondant icing & sprinkled sugar on top....but Rouse's is so accomodating, you could probably just ask the bakery to show a little restraint with the toppings.

      2. Randazzos has the best king cakes-u can order them online too
        Also Pauls in Piccayune, Ms. have outstanding filled king cakes

        1. i think the best cakes are at Nola Cakes Bakery & Cafe. they are less sweet than all the others, and less coffee-cake like (grocery store cakes seem to be especially so). they are savory king cakes; the one i get is filled w/ goat cheese and green apple slices.

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          1. Haydel's in Harahan is excellent. On the Northshore, you can get great cakes at Marguerites (my spelling might be wrong) in Slidell on Gause Blvd, or the Mandeville Bake Shop in Mandeville. All of the one's on this thread are top notch.