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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:


Uber Ices NOLA Down


By Lucy Leonard

I scream. You scream. We all scream for… Uber? This Friday (7.24) Uber is hosting its fourth annual Uber Ice Cream Day. The company’s drivers will be delivering ice cream to customers in 250 cities worldwide, this year including New Orleans. So, if you’re interested in having 5 scoops of cold Sucre gelato delivered to your home or office, read more here.


Coming Soon: Sucre's Gelato Po'Boy


The flames of Bananas Foster have been extinguished for now, but another decadent treat is vying for space in the dessert bellies of all New Orleanians. Magazine Street strollers can head over to local sweet spot Sucre to feast on the Crescent City food scene's latest love child. Frozen Italian dessert and a New Orleans staple combine to form the Gelato Po’ Boy.


Chocolate Shops Get Sweeter in Time for Valentine's Day


Nothing cures the post Mardi Gras malaise like a box of chocolates. Whether it’s a surprise from your significant other, your best friend or your mother, everyone should indulge in a truffle or two on Valentine’s Day. While some of the less romantic lovers will try to pull off a cheap box of Russell Stovers, there’s no need to sully your V-Day sweet tooth with D-grade sweets from Walgreens when Sucre and Blue Frog are around the corner.


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.


Sampling Sucre's King Cake with Mark Ingram and Patrick Peterson


Sucre offers king cake on another level. The Magazine Street bakeshop is not of the nostalgic Friday snack/Randazzo's mold. Rather, their confection strives for a gourmet perfection. Sucre's princes of pastry offer a cake that is as much a work of art as it is a simple sweet. From past tastings, NoDef already knew the cake was tasty. So, to see how it would fly with people who don't spend their entire January and February eating the stuff, we invited a couple of uninitiated guest tasters: Patrick Peterson and Saints running back, Mark Ingram.


Sucre's King Cake


By Briana Prevost with NoDef Tasters

In today's installation of King Cake Quest, we turn to Magazine Street’s Sucre. The venue is the joint venture between New Orleans Restauranteur Joel Dondis (Grand Isle, La Petite Grocery) and Architect turned Pastry Chef Tariq Hanna. The dessert shop boasts an incredible array of gelato, chocolates, cookies, baked goods, pastries, and for the good of Carnival fever, King Cakes.


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Contributors

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

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor


Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

Alexis Manrodt


B. E. Mintz


Stephen Babcock

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