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King Cake - Chicago and North Shore

tumuppet Feb 8, 2010 06:07 AM

Where can I find King Cake in the North Shore / Chicago? I'm looking for king cake with both the cream cheese and fruit fillings. I'm in the North Burbs, but I'm willing to travel for NOLA King Cake.


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    rjka Feb 8, 2010 10:22 AM

    Not sure how authentic they were, but the Fresh Market in WIlmette, just off the Edens at Lake, had them last weekend.

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      tumuppet Feb 10, 2010 05:37 PM

      Thanks for your help. I might try both suggestions :)

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        rjka Feb 12, 2010 08:36 AM

        Just wanted to add that I saw that Deerfield Bakery and Sunset Foods are selling these as well. However, I tried the one from Sunset last night and was not impressed. The filling was cinnamon swirl but the cake was very leaden.

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          tumuppet Feb 16, 2010 10:35 AM

          I ended up with a King Cake from Three Tarts Bakery in Northfield. No fruit, but a cheese filling. It works, but I still miss Randozzo's.

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      ferret Feb 8, 2010 10:03 AM

      Bennison's in Evanston (you may have to pre-order). Vanille makes a more traditional French version.

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        nsxtasy Feb 8, 2010 10:25 AM

        The cake at Bennison's is not a traditional "king cake". It's a traditional Pithiviers (pronounced pa-TIV-ee-ay). IOW, puff pastry with a filling of ground almonds with a slight rum flavor. No cream cheese, no fruit. However, it does come complete with the cardboard crown and the small plastic baby baked into the cake. (And they call it a pithiviers, too.) I bought one last month. It was a bit on the pricey side - around $20, IIRC. It was good, though (assuming you like pithiviers, of course).

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          rjka Feb 8, 2010 11:14 AM

          Sounds like the Bennison cake is a galette des rois for Epiphany rather than a NOLA king cake for Mardi Gras.

          The version at Fresh Market I mentioned is a NOLA style king cake. My comment about authenticity was more that I have seen other better looking versions around, just not recently, and I am not sure how they relate to what is actually made in New Orleans.

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            ferret Feb 8, 2010 01:43 PM

            I believe they do both (relying on memory), and judging from their website it appears that they do.

            "New Orleans has a decades-old tradition of shipping literally hundreds of thousands of King cake worldwide to customers who love this unique bakery item We want you to enjoy a King Cake, too. They are available plain, cream cheese, apple, cherry, or praline pecan filled."


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              nsxtasy Feb 8, 2010 01:49 PM

              Indeed they do - good find!

              The Pithivier I bought looked just like the one in the photo, except it didn't have the decoration in the middle, and instead had a cardboard crown around the outside, sitting on top of the cake.

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