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King Cake Walk
Best of the Annual King Cake Tasting at the Ogden
The results of NoDef's King Cake Walk are in! For the third consecutive year, 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. Within 90 minutes, there was not even a crumb or wayward baby left reminding us that all king cakes are winners. Our favorites follow below.
For the the third year, Cake Café's Apple and Goat Cheese filling propelled the bakery to a strong second place finish.
The annual event takes place during Ogden After Hours. Guests walk through a semicircle of tables, each with cakes representing different bakeries. NoDef's unscientific voting process asks tasters to drop toothpicks into corresponding cups, to be counted once the confections are mere crumbs.
Bittersweet Confections (725 Magazine Street)
For the third year in a row, Bitterswet's king cake blew out the competition. There is something about chocolate, especailly high quality chocolate that appeals to the people. Unlike previous
The oval has a consistency of a chocolate croissant, flaky with a rich, super sweet chocolate filling and outer layer.
Cake Cafe (2440 Chartres Street)
In 2013, the Marigny eatery's signature cake caused some controversy for beating out traditional styles for the win. While Cake Café fell a dozen votes short of Bittwersweet this year, the showing was still strong. Numerous tasters compared the confection to the best danish they ever had.
Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas)
Emeril's blew the competition away on style points and took home an overall bronze in the process. Although, the famed restaurant does not regualrly bake king cakes, Pastry Chef Jeremy Fogg serves up a delicous king cake monkey bread accompanied by a different sauce every week. For the King Cake Walk, Fogg offered massive loaves of the cake, perfectly shaped to pull off a chunk. Initially, a couple tasters remarked that they cake was onthe drier side--then they applied the sauce. Choices including praline and banana foster elevated the pastry to a divine level.
The maestro's presentation wowed the audience.
Cochon (930 Tchoupitoulas)
Bacon, peanut butter, and banana. These are the three main ingredients in Cochon’s cake they’ve named after the King of Rock ‘N Roll. “The Elvis” is topped with bacon and marshmallow cream. The Elvis is gooey and impossible to eat without a mess, but the cleanup is well worth the joy. You won’t find a baby in this cake. The porcine focused establishment includes a tiny pig in lieu of a king cake baby.
Haydel's (4037 Jefferson Highway)
It seems the crowd was too busy praising Haydel's Bakery with their words to show love at the voting cup. Once again, they only pulled 20 votes, the Jefferson Parish bakery still made it in the top tier for favorite cakes. Sometimes all you want is a simple cake. Haydel’s offers just that. This year, the iconic bakery honored Nyx with porcelin clutches in addition to the baby.
Mister Gregory's (806 North Rampart Street)
The Rampart St. bakery had the competition's only savory entry. Their mix of flaky crust with artichokes and sun-dried tomatos was nothing short of divine. Only, Mr. G's only had one cake to try (as oposed to five from the other bakeries), they still garnered an impressive 14 votes. Guests could not stop raving about the entry
Even though Fresh Market toothpick count was on the lower end, several attendees commented that it was their favorite pick. The local grocery’s signature cake comes dazzled with doubloons, Mardi Gras beads and the common cinnamon pizzazz inside. The chain has locations in Uptown, Lakeview, and Metairie.
La Boulangerie (4600 Magazine Street)
La Boulangerie's cake also came with a pig shaped baby. That's because Donald Link now owns the popular Uptown establishment. So, repeat tasters were concerned about the quality. La Boulangerie once again presented an old-school, French style king cake. That means no frosting or colors, just buttery confection. As for the big question? Yes! Boulangerie's cake is as good as ever!
The Louisiana supermarket provided a classic style king cake. Many guests nominated the market for a "Most Improved" award. There was nothing fancy about this entry, just a nice, fluffy cake with the proper dose of cinamon.
Correction: Fresh Market was initially referred to as "Robert's Fresh Market." The two stores are unrelated.
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