The rain is here, but don’t let that get you down. Lafayette is still going to party. The beads are still flying, the drinks are still pouring, the music is still playing, and I’m here to tell you where the cakes are still baking. Whether you have been dodging getting the baby in the cake, or politely hoarding that special box for yourself at home, its time to say goodbye to the your Whole30 diet and hello to the king of Mardi Gras, The KING CAKE.
I’m just going to start off by placing these two head to head:
1 & 2. The Local’s Favorite
Ricky Meche’s Donut King and Keller’s Bakery
I feel like these have always been the two that have come up when you talk about Lafayette king cakes. One is an oversized braided donut ring, the other a king cake connoisseur’s dream. Either will satisfy the palet of any parade goer.
*Make sure to preorder if you are dying to have one. These babies will be flying off the shelves.
3. The Healthy One
Bon Vie Kitchen’s Gluten Free King Cake
We all have that ONE friend, and that one friend may be me. Want to make some gluten free brownie points with them? Look no further than Iota, Louisiana, but don’t worry, you will not have to drive there. These people deliver! Owner Molly Clayton knows a thing or two about good food so do not be alarmed. Compared to a wonderful cinnamon roll, this king cake is sure to impress. While you are at it, check out what else they deliver at her Leauxcal Market located in Jennings.
*You can order this online for delivery or just pick one up at Marly B’s Juice Bar in Youngsville.
4. The Mom and Pop, or rather I should say the Mom and Daughter
Known for their beautiful wedding cakes, Crystal Weddings has got another cake up their sleeve, and that cake is KING CAKE! Locally owned and operated since 1999, this shop has become a top contender in the Lafayette king cake scene. Carefully crafted by some of the best cake artisans in town, even the purple, gold, and green are drizzled flawlessly.
*You can find these beautiful cakes at Little Veron’s, Joey’s Lafayette, Earl’s Cajun Market, Chop’s Specialty Meats, The Best Stop, Billy’s Boudin, and Don’s Specialty Meats. You can also order through the Waitr App!
5. Not Your Momma’s Louisiana King Cake
I may just call him “THE PIE MAKER” in town. Seriously, I do not think I would write about anything baked without mentioning Korey Champagne’s name. My husband and I love everything he dishes out, and Jeff may have a little man crush on this sweet and savory baker. His handpie “The Krewe” is a wonderful spinoff of the traditional king cake and is kid approved! Made with love, this sweet treat has a cinnamon cream cheese filling and a vanilla glaze that is sure to impress.
6. The Traditional One
Pouparts Bakery and Bistro
Everything from Pouparts is heaven touching my lips. They catered my wedding with handheld desserts and also baked both cakes so I am a little partial, but the word on the street is that this place has got it going on when it comes to king cakes. I have not tried one yet, but I am patiently waiting to pick one up ASAP so I can finally get my hands on one of these. HOW HAVE I NOT TRIED THIS YET?
*I would call ahead on these because everything from there is amazing, but also because the traditional bakeries tend to sell out pretty fast.
7. The New Guy in Town
Zuhause Bakery and Coffee
Lets just start off by saying these slices do not stay in that pretty glass case for long. I had to visit this location 3 times before I could get my hands on one, and let me just tell you, it was worth the wait. I tried the Poppyseed Almond King Cake, and it was fantastic. My slice looked a little dense, but after taking my first bite the word dense left my mind. The cake was wonderfully swirled and the dough was baked to perfection. Somehow it was flakey while still having the consistency of a traditional king cake. I will definetely be back to try more!
*Enjoy a slice in the morning from their case, check out Zuhause’s website to preorder, or cross your fingers and hope they have some stocked in the bakery!
8. The Grocery Store King Cake
If you are in a rush, have no fear, a Rouses is probably near. I’m pretty sure you have tried a king cake from here at least once, and honestly if the bakeries are closed or sold out, I do not hesitate to pick one up from the multiple locations that they have around Lafayette. Stacked a mile high surrounded by everything purple, green, and gold, you will surely find a cake to bring to the party.
*Find a Location HERE, and special order if you want a certain filling!
9. The Cupcake King Cake
Sophie P. Cakes
Who does not love a Sophie P. cupcake? Perfect for the office or for parties, this wonderful handheld cake is the perfect addition to any function or kitchen table. YUM. The cream cheese icing is yummy, the cake is moist and has a cinnamon burst, and if you really want to get fancy you can even add a filling. Topped with green, gold, and purple sprinkles, you just can’t go wrong with this cupcake treat.
*You can always walk in, but they will be closed for Mardi Gras day, so get your cakes on Lundi Gras!
10. The Out-of-Towner
Manny Randazzo King Cakes
I am politely going to state that I saved the best for last. Yes I am from Lafayette, but this bakery has a special place in my heart. My RoRo, grandmother, stood in line for this amazing cake year after year to spoil my crazy Harvin family. Whether I was fighting for a piece at her oversized kitchen table in Metairie, or pushing through guest at parties to snag a slice during the Mardi Gras holiday, I will forever remember her telling me how she went early so she could have that cake waiting for us when we drove in from Lafayette.
*They move quick, but there will be a line! Want one after Mardi Gras? They will still be shipping. You can order on their website.