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Feb 5, 2010 02:28 PM

Best King Cakei in Austin?

Anyone Know Where I can get a REEEAALLLYY GOOOOOD King cake? I heard Sweetish Hill does one, but it doesn't sound like a New Orleans style.

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  1. Whole Foods has some that literally looked like they iced them with their feet. I could not bring myself to buy one.
    I just moved here and had no idea where to find one so I made my own the other day.
    If you like to bake and would like the recipe I'm happy to share.

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    1. re: ultraviolet

      yeah, well, Whole Foods is a strange place sometimes--on the one hand, it's the best place to buy red meat in Austin, on the other hand some of their stuff can be off-putting--years ago, when I worked for a local bakery, we entertained the idea of doing King Cakes, and Whole Foods was one of our accounts--they were chiefly concerned with everything in the King Cake being "all natural"--in other words, they didn't really know what a King Cake was or supposed to look or taste like--best still to order from the bakeries in New Orleans, IMHO

    2. I"m sure you already know, but Gambino's in NOLA ships. They are the ultimate

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      1. re: amykragan

        i like haydel's in metairie. they ship too. i was gonna get a couple for our super bowl party but ~$45 for a shipped king cake i couldnt make myself pull the trigger on that purchase. we ended up just bringin 6 back with us to austin after mardi gras.

        GracieO. did u ever get a king cake here? was it any good?

      2. Sweetish Hills does both the New Orleans style and the French style, I have no idea about the New Orleans one but the French one is fairly authentic and the only Galette des Rois you can find in Austin

        1. I got one from Central Market for the Superbowl. It wasn't so bad, although they only had the plain cinnamon cakes instead of their usual full variety (they were slammed, naturally). The one I got was pretty tasty, although I'd like to try the strawberry and cream cheese one.

          I think the best one I've had was from a bakery in Picayune, MS that ships. Or you could always go the Randazzo's route for the really great ones, but they cost an arm and a leg.

          1. I moved to Austin, TX from Picayune, MS 3 years ago. Paul's Pastry in Picayune, MS is THE BEST. They do ship I believe but they will be a little pricy.

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            1. re: sarahhhatx

              one of my coworkers used to bring back some from another part of louisiana. sometimes those smaller mom & pop places are even better than the giants.