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Get The Perfect King Cake For Mardi Gras From These Online Bakeries

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Mark your calendars: Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, February 21 this year. While we highly suggest making some Creole classics at home—jambalaya, gumbo, po' boys, and more—when it comes to king cake, we've got three words for you: outsource, outsource, outsource. While we do have a king cake recipe if you want to give it a shot, Louisiana's expert bakers have been making this specialty for decades. Why not order one straight from the best?

What Is King Cake?

King cake is so named for the story of the three kings in the Bible, who brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Classic versions of the dessert start with a batter that's halfway between that of a coffee cake and a cinnamon roll. It's baked into a ring shape (to represent the kings' crowns) and usually lacquered in a vibrant icing of yellow, green, and purple—the traditional colors of Mardi Gras. Sometimes the cakes are unfilled, but fillings of cream cheese, fruit, and more are also wildly popular.

What's With The Plastic Baby?

Baked somewhere inside the cake is a tiny plastic baby. If your slice has the baby, good fortune is headed your way! But you're also on the hook to buy the next cake or throw the next party, so the celebrations never stop.

Where Can I Find King Cake?

You'll find these cakes at shops and bakeries throughout New Orleans from early January to Ash Wednesday. But don't fret if you can't make the trip down to the Big Easy this year. We've compiled a list of the best spots that ship king cakes. Whether you're looking for a classic version or something not-so-traditional, there's a just-right king cake for you.

Haydel's King Cake Package

Haydel's cream cheese-filled king cake is a local favorite, but don't sleep on the other flavors like praline pecan, strawberry, German chocolate, and chocolate chip brownie. Make it a party with one of the bakery's package deals; this one comes with a pack of French Market Coffee, Haydel's Specialty Mardi Gras Beads, and more.

<p><a href="https://haydelsbakery.com/featured/king-cakes/copy-of-king-cake-package-german-chocolate/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Haydel's King Cake Package</p><p>haydelsbakery.com</p><p>$70.75</p><span class="copyright">Haydels Bakery</span>

Nonna Randazzo's King Cake

This bakery has roots going back to the 1960s. Its traditional king cake, which features hand-braided sweet dough infused with cinnamon, is unfilled. Feeling fillings? Nonna Randazzo's also offers stuffed versions for in-store pickup with fillings like apple, cream cheese, and pecan praline.

<p><a href="https://nonnaskingcakes.com/collections/king-cakes-shipping/products/traditional-king-cake-heart" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Nonna Randazzo's King Cake </p><p>nonnaskingcakes.com</p><p>$19.95</p><span class="copyright">Nonna Randazzo's</span>

Maurice French Pastries Traditional New Orleans King Cake

This cake won the People’s Choice Award for Best King Cake at the 2016 New Orleans King Cake Festival, and it definitely lives to the hype. Shipped straight to your door through Goldbelly, this dessert is a DIY affair: The cake is shipped naked alongside a tube of icing, festive sugar, beaded necklaces, and more.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goldbelly.com%2Fmaurice-french-pastries%2Ftraditional-new-orleans-king-cake&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.redbookmag.com%2Ffood-recipes%2Fentertaining%2Fg46585062%2Fwhere-to-buy-king-cake-mardi-gras%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Maurice French Pastries Traditional New Orleans King Cake</p><p>goldbelly.com</p><p>$69.95</p><span class="copyright">Goldbelly</span>

Breads On Oak King Cake

I know, I know—you were looking through this list thinking, "But where's the vegan king cake?!" Well, here it is. Vegans flock to this spot every Carnival season for its plant-based specialties, which include this fantastic king cake. Shipped options are either unfilled or stuffed with Bavarian cream.

<p><a href="https://www.breadsonoak.com/product/king-cake-whole-shipping-/118" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Breads On Oak King Cake</p><p>breadsonoak.com</p><p>$88.00</p><span class="copyright">Breads on Oak</span>

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Lilah's King Cakes Cinnamon 'n' Sugar Filled King Cake

At Lilah's Bakery, a family-owned spot in Shreveport, Louisiana, owner and head pastry chef Sopan “TK” Tike has been whisking up sweet delicacies since 2006. The shop is only open during the Mardi Gras season, though, and it only offers one item: king cake. Lilah's makes up for what it lacks in menu selections with the diversity of its king cake flavors, such as bananas foster, chocolate chips and cream, peaches and cream, and cinnamon and sugar. Looking for gluten-free and vegan options? They're here, too.

<p><a href="https://lilahskingcakes.square.site/product/cinnamon-n-sugar-filled-king-cake-shipped-/105?cs=true&cst=custom" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Lilah's King Cakes Cinnamon 'n' Sugar Filled King Cake </p><p>Lilah's King Cakes</p><p>$23.99</p><span class="copyright">Lilah's King Cakes</span>

Caluda's Traditional Old School (No Icing Topping) Mardi Gras King Cake

Caluda's King Cake is the brainchild of pastry chef John Caluda, whose old-school cakes forgo icing altogether. Colored sugar is baked directly into the dough, which gives the dessert an oversaturated vibrance.

<p><a href="https://kingcakeshop.com/shop/traditional-old-school-no-icing-topping-mardi-gras-king-cake.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Caluda's Traditional Old School (No Icing Topping) Mardi Gras King Cake</p><p>kingcakeshop.com</p><p>$22.95</p><span class="copyright">Caluda's King Cake</span>

Joe Gambino's Bakery Traditional King Cake

Locals have flocked to Gambino's since 1949 for its traditional king cakes. When ordered online, the shop lets you tack on extras like beads, cake toppers, masks, feather boas, and extra plastic babies. (Fun fact: New Orleanians like to pit Joe Gambino's against Haydel's, but that's only proof that both are worth fighting for.)

<p><a href="https://gambinos.com/shop/king-cakes/king-cake" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Joe Gambino's Bakery Traditional King Cake</p><p>gambinos.com</p><p>$24.00</p><span class="copyright">Gambino's</span>

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