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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:


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.


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:


Pure Cake Comes to Freret


by Brad Rhines

Life on Freret Street keeps getting sweeter as Pure Cake recently opened up just across the street from the NOLA Pie Guy, giving Uptown diners even more options to satisfy their cravings.  Pure Cake has several specialty items including “cake pops,” whose increasing popularity might signal that the cupcake trend—like rock-n-roll and the great American novel—is now officially dead.  


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