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NoDef's Ultimate King Cake Guide

The Gooey Details on 23 Carnival Confections



When ordering a King Cake, Crescent City sweet seekers can no longer uniformly expect the standard braided cinammon twist with more or less the same flavor profile. King Cakes have become a creative canvass for adventurous bakers across New Orleans. Allow NoDef to help you choose which will satisfy your palette. We combined three years of King Cake coverage for one ultimate guide. After reading these diverse offerings, you may even want the baby:


Marigny Fetes for a Cause


The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association will let them eat cake, and storm the Bastille this weekend. Fete Marigny is returning to Washington Square Park on Sunday, October 26, for a day of Revolution-era festivities. Along with your own enjoyment, the daylong celebration will also contribute to some needed maintenance at the park on Frenchmen and Royal.


Piece of Cake

Winners Announced for NoDef's King Cake Walk at the Ogden Museum



Finding the baby is one thing when it comes to King Cake, but retaining the crown is altogether different. On Thursday, February 20, the Ogden Museum (925 Camp Street) hosted NoDef's annual king cake walk. Out of 13 participating bakeries, Bittersweet Confections (725 Magazine) got the most votes.


Fete Marigny Brings Francophone Festin' to Frenchmen Park


The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association will let them eat cake, and storm the Bastille this weekend. Fete Marigny is returning to Washington Square Park on Saturday, October 26, for a day of Revolution-era festivities. Along with your own enjoyment, the daylong celebration will also contribute to some needed maintenance at the park on Frenchmen and Royal.


King Cake Quest: The Results

Cake Café Conquers Carnival Confections



After several years of sending writers out to sample the Crescent City's many takes on King Cake, NoDef opted this year to let the people weigh in. On Jan. 24, hundreds of guests piled into the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's weekly After Hours event to help us choose the most outstanding oval in NoDef's first public King Cake Quest.


Mardi Gras Mashup

Sampling Cake Café's Apple and Goat Cheese King Cake



At the mention of apple and goat cheese in a King Cake, elders of New Orleans may shriek with accusations of heresy. But no one has brought a torch to Cake Café in the Marigny yet - only their cravings for a new take on the Carnival's premier treat.


King Bake


by Shay Sokol

Opened by a man who was once a door-to-door cake salesman, Steve Himmelfarb's Cake Cafe specializes in the art of the bake. In their delectable daily cupcakes, pastries, bagels and, of course, cakes, the dough is the difference. Over the past three plus years, this Spain-and-Chartres storefront (originally located in what is now Green Goddess territory on Exchange Alley, pre-Storm) has become a fixture on the crowded downtown brunch circuit. With their reputation only growing, it's perhaps no surprise that they waded into the Carnival King Cake craze with four entries.


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