New Orleans King Cakes: Version 2.0
Jul 17, 2014 - PJ's Coffee of New Orleans
King cakes in New Orleans are a serious and deeply personal business. You ask any person that’s truly lived through a king cake season
to describe a king cake and they’re going to give you the exact details
and specifications of their favorite king cake. If you run into someone
who spent their formative years in New Orleans, then you’re possibly
going to get a mouth watering description of a king cake that hasn’t
been available in decades. During my school days, the king cake camps
formed around the questions of “icing or no icing?” and “filled or
plain?” But in recent years things have gotten deliciously more complex
as more and more places have started using their imaginations and
experimenting with what a king cake could be. Be prepared to answer such
questions as “glittery or unglittery?” and “Baby or pig?” Without
further ado, here are just a few of the king cake 2.0 offerings in New
Cochon’s Elvis king cake topped with cured bacon, along with one of their more traditional offerings
1. Cochon -
Cochon has a collection of king cakes available, including cinnamon,
lemon doberge, and apple and cream cheese, but the craziest king cake
they have is The Elvis. Truly the King’s cake, the Elvis has bananas,
marshmallows and cured bacon. As an added bonus, Cochon replaces the
traditional king cake baby with a cute little pig!
2. Buttermilk Drop Bakery and Cafe -
The Buttermilk drop does have traditional cakes, but this year they’ve
branched out with something truly special: the Dutch Apple King Cake.
Mr. Henry re-imagined the more traditional king cake by adding a
combination of brown sugar and butter crumb topping (just like you’d
find on a Dutch apple pie) to the regular icing and colored sugar. Now
Mr. Henry couldn’t stray too far from tradition on all things, so
Buttermilk Drop still hides the baby inside the cake.
3. Sucre -
Sucre’s king cake has been described as “the most beautiful king cake
I’ve ever seen,” as the shimmering icing is like none other on the
market. These mini works of art were recently named the best king cakes
in New Orleans by a major newspaper and featured in many national
magazines. Sucre’s king cakes are more danish than cake and filled with
creole cream cheese.
Maurice’s traditional French king cake defies all traditional New Orleans king cake standards
4. Maurice’s French Pastries -
Maurice’s has turned tradition on its head by going even more
traditional than ever. Maurice’s traditional French king cake is a round
puff pastry filled with frangipane (an almond flavored filling) and
sporting a proper fleur-de-lis baked into the crust. Not a bit of green,
gold or purple to be found around this delicious king cake.
A piece of Gracious’ elegant king cake
5. Gracious Bakery -
Gracious is the relatively new bakery from Megan Forman, who had
previously worked at Sucre. So it should come as no surprise that her
king cakes give Sucre’s a run for their money in the looks department.
Gracious’ chocolate and cinnamon filled king cake forgoes the
traditional colored sugar for elegant sugar pearls. You’ll find yourself
having a hard time cutting into this cake, but once you get in, you’ll
be glad you did.
6. PJ’s Coffee -
Yes PJ’s has king cake, but it is pretty traditional by most standards.
They land on this list for managing to liquefy the glorious king cake
into a tasty coffee. The king cake coffee has strong notes of vanilla and cinnamon and is available as hot, iced or in PJ’s signature Velvet Ice.Visit Web site
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