The end of the most wonderful time of the year brings another wonderful time of the year – king cake season! King cakes hit the shelves at the conclusion of Epiphany until Mardi Gras day, and come in a number of styles, with the most common being a ring of cinnamon roll-style dough topped with icing or sprinkles in traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. All throughout Baton Rouge you’ll find bakeries putting their own spin on the traditional king cake, with an array of fillings ranging from cream cheese, praline, cinnamon or strawberry. In each cake, there is a baby figurine hidden, and the lucky person to find it will not only receive luck and prosperity but will also be responsible for purchasing next year’s king cake. With many bakeries putting their own spin on the traditional king cake and restaurants creating other desserts and drinks based on the king cake, your sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied right here in Baton Rouge!
8546 Siegen Lane
The Ambrosia Bakery is another Red Stick classic! Stop by to pick up a traditional king cake or one of their famous Zulu cakes, filled with coconut and cream cheese and topped with chocolate icing.
18111 Highland Market Dr.
In addition to its traditional king cakes, Alexander’s has all-natural, gluten-friendly, low-carb, and keto-friendly king cakes for those with dietary restrictions. These recipes are soy-free and preservative-free with no added sugars.
12732 Perkins Rd.
4142 Government St.
Calandro’s is well-known for their 50+ flavor combinations like the new-for-2021 Royale Cookies king cake. Chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and macadamia nuts combine with cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar for a must-try king cake that’s topped with cream cheese, cookies & cream liqueur, and vodka drizzle.
7575 Jefferson Highway, Suite D
While many people may be familiar with CounterspaceBR’s salted chocolate chip cookies, their king cakes are also a favorite among locals. Offering traditional king cakes in both full and mini size, cakes are just a taste of the king cake items being whipped up in this bakery – you’ll also find king cake pop tarts!
320 Lee Drive
King cakes are taken VERY seriously as Eloise Market & Cakery, where you’ll find traditional cinnamon king cakes, banana pudding king cakes and even a savory sausage king cake! For those who just want a little taste, you can find slices in the display case, and some days, you might even find king cake ice cream sandwiches, as well as queen cakes!
8646 Goodwood Blvd.
Gambino’s is a fan-favorite bakery, and for good reason too! Their king cake is made with Danish dough mixed with cinnamon. Add fillings to make it your own!
1660 Lobdell Ave., Suite 100
Gourmet Girls is your one-stop-shop for all things king cake-related. They offer king cake cookies, mini king cakes, macarons, cupcakes, and of course, traditional king cakes.
3535 Perkins Rd.
Everyone knows La Divina for their delicious gelato and coffee, but the Italian café also offers personal-sized king cakes in a variety of your favorite flavors, as well as king cake gelato!
11826 Coursey Blvd.
Les Amis bakes up a heavenly traditional king cake, but they don’t stop there! You can also find king-cake-flavored cheesecakes, cake balls, macarons and bread pudding at this local bake shoppe.
440 Third Street
85 Gateway Center Lane
LSU students and downtown visitors, rejoice, because the Matherne’s Market bakery is whipping up king cakes all season long! With flavors like traditional, almond wedding cake, praline or cream cheese-filled, there’s a delicious flavor for everyone to enjoy.
7046 Airline Hwy.
If your go-to king cake is a fluffy donut, Mikey’s is your shop!
Oak Point Fresh Market - Central
Oak Point Fresh Market's king cakes are a favorite among locals, and with the extensive list of flavors, it's no surprise. While the traditional or pecan praline king cakes are always hot commodities, Oak Point's unique flavors, such as banana split, Reese's, caramel apple health and lemon, are its claim to fame and ones you don't want to miss!
Looking for a tasty, vegan king cake? Plant-Based Sweets by Lotus offers traditional and pecan praline options.
5830 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd
Thee Heavenly Donut takes the beloved donut king cake and packs in gourmet fillings like bananas foster and chocolate-covered strawberry!
SAVORY KING CAKES
If you prefer savory over sweet, City Pork and Chris’s Specialty Meats make boudin king cakes that will satisfy your taste buds!
MUST-TRY KING CAKE-FLAVORED FOOD & DRINK ITEMS
- King Cake Cake Balls and King Cake Lattés from Brew Ha-Ha
- King Cake Milkshake from Curbside Burgers
- King Cake Bread Pudding from Bistro Byronz or Reginelli’s
- The King Cake Burger at Mason’s Grill
- King Cake cupcakes and ice cream from Smallcakes
- King Cake beignets from The Vintage
- King Cake Batter Latte and Mardi Gras Cinnamon Roll from Rêve Coffee Lab
- King Cake Martini from Eliza Restaurant & Bar
- King Cake Martini from Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar
- King Cake Calzone from Rotolo's Craft & Crust