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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:


Today In NOLA 1.28.16


Today in New Orleans, NOLA Defender is heading to the Ogden Museum for their annual King Cake Walk. The Pelicans will take on the Sacramento Kings at the Smoothie King Center, and the Joy Theater will host Touché featuring BenDeLaCreme. Over at Carrollton Station, there will be Live Pub Trivia. The Loyola Avenue Streetcar line opened on this day in 2013. Now, more details on live and local events.


Cake Walk

NoDef's King Cake Tasting Returns to Ogden Thursday



Carnival means parades and costumes and king cake lots of king cake. It’s hard to find a keg cake outside of the Gulf Coast, but we have enough options to fill in the quota for the rest of the country. With so many choices, it’s best to let the people choose. So, NoDef’s King Cake Walk will return to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Thursday (1.28) from 6p.m. to 8p.m. 


Clutch Cakes


Haydel’s king cakes are a Carnival Season tradition, but that doesn’t mean the fabled bakery is opposed to throwing in a new touch every now and then. This year, Haydel’s new touch will be a throw. Their cakes will include a miniature version of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx’s signature throw—a decorated purse.


Répéter Gras

Photo Recap of Carnival



Just like every year, the city of New Orleans survived another Mardi Gras. While today some might be thanking the heavens that the hectic two plus weeks of indulgent masquerades, parades, balls and parties are over, there's still time to reminisce. Below we've compiled a thread of our favorite moments captured this season. 


Let Them Eat Cake

Results of NoDef's King Cake Walk are in



The results of NoDef's King Cake Walk are in! For the second year in a row, Bittersweet Confections has landed the win for their vibrantly sugared cake filled with rich chocolate. But, Bittersweet was only one of the local bakeries represented in the competition, all of whom brought their best game to the challenge. The barren platters at the event's end provided evidence that there are no loosers in the world of cake.


King Cake Walk

NoDef's Annual Public Tasting Returns to the Ogden



Get ready for some tricolor sugar. There’s only one confection that is worthy of Carnival royalty and NOLA Defender will be serving it up in volume tomorrow. NoDef’s King Cake Walk will return to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on February 5 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. 


NoDef Announces Details of 3rd Annual King Cake Walk


Carnival is a time filled with traditions simultaneously common and unique. The king cake might be the ultimate manifestation of that dichotomy. With so many choices, it’s best to let the people choose. So, NoDef’s King Cake Walk will return to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on February 5 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. 


King Cake Baby: Ryan Haydel Talks About the Family Biz


By Ashley Larsen

King Cakes are kind of a big deal in New Orleans. The delicious treat is almost synonymous with Mardi Gras itself, and in NOLA perhaps no other bakery is as famous as Haydel’s. With Mardi Gras season gearing up the bakery has gone into overdrive but Nodef managed to sneak away Ryan Haydel, third generation baker and co-owner, from the kitchen just long enough to find out what it’s like to be a King Cake baker.


Love Styled

King Cake Croissants Roll Out Early on Canal



First the cronut, and now the King Cake croissant? The King Cake has been a time-honored Mardi gras tradition for NOLA schoolkids, grownups, and tourists alike. The sweet treat is usually only available after the twelfth night, but now King Cakes, sort-of, are coming early. In honor of their second anniversary on Canal Street, FroYo is debuting the King Cake croissant. 


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