I’ve had more than one question about the King Cake referenced on my FB page recently, so here’s some info, and a few links.
King Cake is a magical sugar concoction out of New Orleans that is eaten in celebration of Mardi Gras. If you haven’t had it, you owe it to yourself to find one and eat it right now. There are several local places that usually sell them before and on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.) Try La Farm in Cary, Whole Foods, Fresh Market and other grocery stores that have bakeries.
You can also order one from a New Orleans bakery, as many of them ship King Cakes across the country.
Here is a Mardi Gras countdown and a few links to bakeries that you can order from.
Haydel’s is a famous NO bakery that will ship you a King Cake as well.
But honestly, the best King Cake is the one that is made at home. And my go-to recipe is from – who else? – Southern Living. Here’s a photo I took last year when I made King Cake. It takes some time, and the recipe makes not one, but TWO cakes. But you’ll be glad you had an extra, because everyone will be eating it!
Here’s the recipe. Get to it and enjoy!