Cake Cafe and Bakery closed amid the pandemic, but the Marigny cafe’s beloved apple and goat cheese king cake lives on to see another Carnival.
Thanks to a partnership with the culinary arts department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) fans won’t have to say goodbye to the iconic item.
Chef Steve Himelfarb’s signature apple and goat cheese king cake hailed as one of the city’s unique creations. Over time, the interesting spin on king cake grew into a fan favorite.
Himelfarb’s beloved king cake features a filling of tart goat cheese, fresh apples, vanilla, cinnamon and cream cheese inside a sweet dough. Just as unique as the filling, the king cake comes topped with bright squiggles of purple, gold and green vanilla glaze, sweetened with a touch of local honey.
The partnership with NOCCA also yields the debut of a new king cake with help of locally-owned French Truck Coffee: the birth of the Café-Au-Lait king cake.
The new Café-Au-Lait king cake features a sweet-dough with three kinds of coffee and cream cheese filling.
Chef Dana D’Anzi Tuohy, chair of NOCCA’s Culinary Arts department, helped produce the king cakes in collaboration the Himelfarbs. Proceeds from sales also support NOCCA’s culinary program.
Both king cakes are sold online for pre-order via nolacakes.com for pickup at NOCCA’s Press Street Station from Wednesdays to Sundays, with a special Lundi Gras pickup on February 15. Pickup will be from 8 a.m. to noon each day.
Customers can also purchase the king cakes at French Truck Coffee shops or the King Cake Hub.
Cake Cafe and Bakery permanently closed its doors in June 2020 after serving the neighborhood for 13 years. News of the closing of the popular cafe was a big blow to the community.
In a Facebook post announcing the closure, owners Steve and Becky Himelfarb said their building’s lease was coming to an end, and with “fresh prospects in sight, professionally, it is time for us to move on.”
“This is a moment of new beginning for the restaurant industry,” the post said. “The pandemic has provided unprecedented challenges to restauranteurs — ones that we believe can be overcome.”
Since Cake Cafe’s closure, the couple released a cookbook in late November 2020. The cookbook features more than 50 simplified “greatest hits” to recreate the cafe’s recipes at home. The cookbook is also for sale online at nolacakes.com.
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