King of Cake Challenge: Fierce competition builds for remaining king cake bakeries in round three

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - Another week goes by and more king cakes are knocked out of the running for the title of “King of Cake.”

The tournament-style competition pits 32 bakeries from across the metro area against each other to let you decide which one reigns supreme.

Round three of our king cake bracket takes the competition down to the elite eight. Here’s the list of bakeries still in the running:

  • Caluda’s King Cake in Harahan
  • Randazzo’s Camellia City Baker in Slidell
  • Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans
  • Not Too Fancy Bakery in Kenner
  • Adrian’s Bakery in Gentilly
  • Manny Randazzo’s in Metairie
  • Dong Phuong Bakery in New Orleans East
  • Joe’s Cafe - Metro New Orleans locations

There’s a really interesting trend happening this year. In past years, popular, big-name bakeries easily took the lead in voting. However, this year, we’re seeing the year of the underdog.

One example of this trend in this year’s bracket is Not Too Fancy Bakery, a home baker in Kenner, currently leading in the matchup against Haydel’s Bakery, a staple among New Orleans bakeries.

Fans can help their favorite king cake make it to the next round by voting at

Shan Bailey

Shan Bailey

Shan Bailey is the digital content producer and on-air personality for FOX 8 Nola Weekend. Shan is a creative storyteller who is passionate about creating compelling content that connects with audiences.