Carnival is in full swing, which means time is winding down to indulge in king cake and king cake treats around the city.
From cocktails to sno-balls, many people just can’t get enough of king cake flavors. Here are some great king cake-inspired treats we found around the area that are unique twists on the traditional treat.
These cute, handheld king cake treats are also perfect to travel with you to the parade route.
King Cake Ice Cream Sandwich
Get into this king cake ice cream sandwich from Beth Biundo Sweets. This cute ice cream sandwich combines vanilla bean ice cream in between two layers of king cake cookie. These Mardi Gras-themed treats are available throughout the Carnival season.
Local pastry chef Beth Biundo makes a variety of sweets focused on great flavor combinations, texture and freshness at her Baronne Street shop. Many of the items include other creative Mardi Gras treats, like king cake pound cake or beautiful glitter cookie masks that are perfect for your next Mardi Gras party or Carnival ball.
King Cake Beignets
We found at least two spots serving up king cake beignets for a decadent dessert.
The Vintage, the chic Magazine Street coffee house, offers the seasonal fancy beignet stuffed with a divine praline cream cheese and topped with traditional sprinkles.
You find another version at Bakery Bar in the Lower Garden District. The deep-fried fluffy pillows of dough come stuffed with a whipped cream cheese infused with Grand Marnier. A dusting of cinnamon powdered sugar adds the Mardi Gras touch.
King Cake Milkshake
Minds were blown a few years ago when Frey Smoked Meat dropped a decadent king cake milkshake. This Carnival-themed cup of goodness puts the best of king cake in a shake. It even comes laced with a slice of the James Beard Award-winning Dong Phuong king cake.
In Metairie, Atomic Burger brings back its big seasonal favorite — the king cake Atomic Freeze milkshake. The burger joint’s liquid nitrogen-chilled shake packs all the flavor of a king cake, without any of the crumbs. It comes topped with purple, green and gold sprinkles as the finishing touch
King Cake on a Stick
King cake on a stick offers a convenient and less messy way to snack on the Carnival treat. The popular item from Sugar Love Cakes Bakery in Slidell quickly became a sought-after alternative to the traditional king cake.
Before the hype, the bakery’s owner says she came up with the idea to sell the skewered treat at parades. The downsized king cake treat is dusted with purple, green and gold sugar and a swirl of icing. King cake on a stick even comes with a baby.
King Cake Waffle
King cake for breakfast, anyone? Red Dog Diner on Magazine Street rolled out a Mardi Gras Waffle for king cake lovers everywhere. The waffle comes topped with a dollop of whipped cinnamon cream cheese and a drizzle of house-made vanilla and berry sauces. Colored candy pears and sprinkles add some purple, green and gold flair.
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King Cake Scones
After it’s debut last Carnival season, Josephine Estelle baker Breanne Kostyk brings back her popular king cake scones. Kostyk dreamed up the scones featuring cream cheese, cinnamon, vanilla and decorated with traditional Mardi Gras-colored sprinkles.
In addition to Josephine Estelle, guests can also get these treats at the nearby Stumptown coffee shop. Plus, it’s located right off of the parade route, which is perfect for Carnival revelers to stop in for a snack.
King Cake Cocktails
Bakery Bar wants you to have your king cake and drink it, too. The spot debuts a Hot Buttered King Cake cocktail this year — a cute, Carnival play on a hot buttered rum.
Grab a to-go cup for a king cake cocktail. Reginelli’s Pizzeria brings back its version this year that’s creamy, cinnamon, king-cake flavored.
Bourbon House also brought back its King Cake Bevvy this year. The Carnival-themed cocktail, a spin-off from Bourbon House’s famed Bourbon Milk Punch, features rum instead of bourbon and a dusting of purple, green, and gold sprinkles to the top of the drink.
Newly appointed beverage director at Josephine Estelle Ryan Anderson offers a limited-time Carnival Cocktail. This exclusive Josephine Estelle cocktail features brandy, rum, amaretto, cinnamon and a touch of butter extract for some extra volume. The cocktail is garnished with a rim of purple, green and yellow sugar sprinkles.
You can also choose to sip your king cake at Poydras & Peers. They’re toasting to the season with a king cake martini, decorated with a mardi gras-colored sugar rim.
King Cake Daiquiri
Mid-City barbecue joint Blue Oak BBQ offers up a spirited King Cake Daiquiri to celebrate the season. For more of an even sweet treat, try it during the restaurant’s happy hour on Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The creamy daiquiri is made with blended king cake and even topped with a slice of king cake.
If you can’t make it to Blue Oak BBQ, New Orleans Original Daiquiris usually sells a king cake version, too.
Picnic Provisions & Whiskey also has a King Cake Daiquiri available during Carnival. The frozen treat is made with Buffalo Trace cream liqueur Absolute Vanilla vodka, house-made cinnamon syrup, whole milk and heavy cream and a celebratory purple, green and gold sugar rim.
King Cake Ice Cream
Blue Bell fans lost their minds when the company announced it was releasing its popular Mardi Gras King Cake ice cream flavor in for the start of Carnival. The ice cream is a cinnamon cake flavor with tasty pastry pieces, a colorful green cream cheese swirl, and festive candy sprinkles. This flavor is only available in the half gallon size for a limited time.
Some local ice cream shops also hopped on the king cake flavor trend. Some places include Hoodoo Ice Cream in Covington, Creole Creamery on Prytania Street, Flavors Snoballs in Kenner Sundae Best inside Hotel Peter & Paul and Quintin’s Natural Ice Cream known for the sugar baby inside. Freezy Street also takes on king cake in its rolled ice cream treat that comes topped with a big chunk of king cake.
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King Cake Sno-balls
You don’t have to wait until sno-ball season for these cool, Carnival-themed treats. The year-round sno-ball spot, Sno-La Snoball Lounge, parades their festive cheesecake stuffed sno-balls with Mardi Gras flavors.
Sno-La serves a Fat Tuesday sno-ball that tastes like the traditional Mardi Gras king cake. Their Pour Me Something Mister sno-ball plays on Carnival colors and flavors that resemble a king cake. The creation combines king cake cream flavor, bananas foster cream flavor and the seasonal Mardi Gras green. These sno-balls even come stuffed with a signature cheesecake filling.
We also found another treat that’s not exactly your traditional sno-ball but looks just as good. Flavors Snoballs serves a king cake bingsu, a shaved ice dessert, made with Dong Phuong king cake.
King Cake French Toast
Could king cake for breakfast make a better day? We would like to think so. Breakfast and brunch spot Toast adds something sweet to help you start your day. Toast adds a Mardi Gras twist to French Toast with powdered sugar and a dash of purple, green and gold.
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King Cake Bread Pudding
Copper Vine adds a Mardi Gras-style twist to a classic New Orleans dessert. Their king cake bread pudding is flavored with decadent swirls of cinnamon and brandy. Topped with a dollop of Creole cream cheese ice cream sprinkled with Carnival season colored sugar, this is the perfect way to treat yourself this time of year.
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