Mardi Gras is upon us, and king cake season isn’t just in full swing, but quickly waning. With less than two weeks before they disappear from the shelves, here are some of the more creative and unorthodox takes on king cakes we’ve come across this year, and where you can find them.
[jump] Cavan (3607 Magazine St., 504-509-7655)
Cavan chef Nathan Richard's crawfish and goat cheese king cake is topped with cream cheese, pepper jelly, crab fat sugar, and if that's not enough, diners have the option of making it a Rex - adding Cajun (bowfin) caviar for an extra $3.
Bombay Club (830 Conti St., 504-577-2237)
A king cake dessert (for two people) is filled with bacon jam and cinnamon, and topped with candied bacon.
Bakery Bar (1179 Annunciation St., 504-265-8884)
The king cake-flavored doberge cake features cinnamon cake with cream cheese pudding layers, cream cheese icing with cinnamon and sugar sprinkles. The Lower Garden District bar also sells king cake-flavored dobites and salty balls.
Pastry chef Maggie Scales’ savory soft pretzel king cake is topped with purple, green and gold salt, and served with a side of whole grain mustard. Also returning this year is The Elvis king cake, filled with peanut butter, banana and topped with bacon, marshmallow and sprinkles.
DTB (8201 Oak St., 504-518-6889)
At chef Carl Schaubhut’s Oak Street restaurant, the king cake souffle features an almond and cinnamon cake base and a Creole cream cheese and citrus glaze.
Frey Smoked Meat Co. (4141 Bienville St., 504-488-7427)
The king cake milkshake at the Mid-City barbecue hub features a malty vanilla ice cream shake topped with whipped cream, a slice of cream cheese-frosted king cake, and purple, gold and green sugar sprinkles.
Norma’s Sweets Bakery (2925 Bienville St., 504-309-5401
The Mid-City Latin grocer and bakery sells guava and cream cheese-filled king cakes.
Surrey’s (1418 Magazine St. 504-524-3828/4807 Magazine St., 504-895-5757)
Both locations of the Magazine Street breakfast hub have king cake pancakes on special, topped with a purple, cinnamon cream cheese icing and Carnival-colored sugar sprinkles.