King cakes—colorful ring-shaped cakes filled with cinnamon, pecans or cream cheese and dusted with green, yellow and purple sugar or frosting—are one of the most recognizable traditions during Mardi Gras season.
The New Orleans-style cakes often contain a trinket such as a small plastic doll. Traditionally, the person who receives a piece with a trinket inside is deemed the king or queen of Mardi Gras. Many bakeries—such as Rao’s Bakery in Spring—include a small plastic doll on the side for customers to insert in the cakes themselves.
Here are a few places in the Greater Houston area where you can find a king cake in the days leading up to Mardi Gras on March 5:
Fillings: cinnamon, apple, cherry, raspberry, original cream cheese, cherry cream cheese or raspberry cream cheese
Cost: $24.95-$30.95 (additional $2 for fillings in large cakes)
Order 24 hours in advance
Fillings: traditional cinnamon or cream cheese
Call ahead to order; other flavors offered via call ahead
French Gourmet Bakery 2250 Westheimer Road, Houston
Fillings: almond, cream cheese or cinnamon
Available through Mardi Gras by special order only; call ahead to order
Three Brothers Bakery 12393 Kingsride Lane, Houston • 713-464-2253
4036 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston • 713-666-2253
4606 Washington Ave., Houston • 713-522-2253 www.3brothersbakery.com
Fillings: traditional cinnamon; cream cheese; or cream cheese with strawberries, blueberries or raspberries
Cost: $20-$35; party sizes are also available as a sheet cake to serve 18-24 ($50-$70)
Order online, by phone or in store two days in advance
Fillings: cinnamon pecan, cream cheese, raspberry, lemon, chocolate or blackberry cream cheese
Call one to two days in advance to order; cakes may also be available after Mardi Gras
While this gourmet popcorn shop does not offer king cake, it offers king cake-flavored popcorn. The popcorn is made with flavors of cinnamon dough, chocolate and cream cheese filling, drizzled with purple and green chocolate and topped with purple and green crushed candy sprinkles.
Cost: $4.95 and up
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey after receiving an English degree from Drew University. She joined Community Impact in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring-Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019. She is on schedule to receive a master's degree in English in early 2024, and enjoys reading, art, record collecting, horror movies and nature photography in her spare time.
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