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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:


Starch Wars: NOLA Bakers Battle for Best Baguette Title


A crusty baguette is to a po-boy as brass bands are to a second-line parade — why bother with the whole shebang if you’re not going to do it right? After successful starch showdowns in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, a new competition coming to town called Battle: Baguette calls upon New Orleanians to decide which bakery is offering up the best loaf in town. 


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.


NoDef Hosts Public King Cake Quest at the Ogden


It’s called Fat Tuesday for a reason. Mardi Gras revelers do their fair share of imbibing, but New Orleanians don’t need an excuse to drink. The true spirit of the season is in the food, and there’s no better way to celebrate than a king cake party. NOLA Defender is taking another King Cake Quest this year to find the best Carnival confection in town, and we’re inviting you to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to help us pick the winners.


Twelfth Bite: A Few New Takes on King Cake


The holidays are barely over, and that means it's once again time for the dawn of Carnival season. The excitement of breaking your tooth on a plastic baby and overload on gold, green and purple sugar, is in the air, and that can only mean it's King Cake season. Carnival season, the time of parades and parties that run up to Mardi Gras, officially starts on Sunday. But bakers have their production lines going full tilt on Saturday. Here's a few of this season's new takes on the timeless tradition:


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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