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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:

Hogging the Block: Cochon Butcher Expands

Big things often have small beginnings, as was the case with the Cochon Butcher (930 Tchoupitoulas). Donald Link's sandwich spin-off has quietly expanded into its neighboring building and now occupies over two thousand square feet of space. The Warehouse District eatery did not shut down at all during the expansion, which happened the Wednesday before Jazz Fest weekend. 

King Cakes and Cakes for The King: Carnival Confections Embrace Tradition, Bacon

by Sarah Esenwein

The Carnival season in New Orleans is almost like Christmas all over again, with most anticipated excitement surrounding the availability of a staple of the season, the King Cake. While they come in all shapes, sizes, fillings and flavors; the Manny Randazzo bakery is renowned for its classic and consistently delicious cake. Cochon Butcher's "Elvis" King Cake offers connoisseurs a meatier take on the tradition.

No Hack Job

by Shay Sokol

The fabled Hubig's Watch may have set off a storm of foodies scouring the undersides of every neighborhood corner for mini-King Cakes. However, Savory Simon faces some stiff competition. Donald Link's Cochon Butcher is modeled on an old world meat market with artisanal meats and sausages made on premise, gourmet sandwiches (like the Buckboard Bacon Melt with swiss, collards + pickled pepper aioli), and wine list hand-picked by buyer Joe Briand that changes monthly. For Carnival, they've brought their rareified acumen to King Cakes.

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