When local bakeries kick off king cake season starting on Jan. 6, some will launch new, exciting creations for the 2019 Carnival season.
From award-winners, like Dong Phuong Bakery, to newer players, like King Cake Hub, bakeries are making sure customers have something new to keep them interested. And with the extended season, there’s plenty of time to feast on king cake.
Here’s a look at some of the new king cakes on the block for the 2019 Carnival season.
Dong Phuong Bakery
The lightly-sweet, super-flaky king cake from Dong Phuong Bakery, based in New Orleans East, has surged in popularity throughout the area. The James Beard award-winning bakery announces a new coconut king cake flavor joining the lineup in 2019. The new king cake features a “simple substitution of coconut” baked right into the brioche dough, replacing the traditional cinnamon swirl, manager Arthur Laughlin said. The new coconut king cakes costs $16 via the bakery’s website.
Bywater Bakery incorporates a signature twist on classic sweets into its cutting-edge king cakes. For 2019, the bakery premieres a new savory king cake line featuring crawfish, boudin or spinach artichoke.
Breads on Oak
The vegan experts at Breads on Oak want to spice up Mardi Gras with a VooDoo King Cake, which features cayenne and ghost pepper-tinged cream cheese. The bakery partnered with Louisiana Pepper Exchange for the creation. The bakery also features new Praline Pecan filled and Bourbon Praline Pecan Adult king cakes. The king cakes at Breads on Oak are both organic and vegan. Even the Mardi Gras colors on top are made of natural plant-based ingredients, with an almond in lieu of a plastic baby. Pricing ranges from $28 to $32 for filled and adult double filled cakes.
Caluda’s King Cake
Many foodies may know chef John Caluda for his signature crawfish strudel and white chocolate bread pudding during Jazz Fest. Caluda also heads his pastry team at Caluda’s King Cake in Harahan. The team will push out an interesting king cake flavor of the week throughout the 2019 season. Pricing for the decadent flavors range from $57.95 to $62.95 via the website.
Here’s the list of 2019 flavors of the week:
- Week 1 (Jan. 7 – Jan. 12): Oreo Cream Cheese
- Week 2 (Jan. 14 – Jan. 19): Maple Bacon Praline
- Week 3 (Jan. 21 – Jan. 26): Bananas Foster
- Week 4 (Jan. 28 – Feb. 2): Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- Week 5 (Feb. 4 – Feb. 9): White Chocolate Bread Pudding
- Week 6 (Feb. 11 – Feb. 16): Voodoo Zulu
- Week 7 (Feb. 18 – Feb. 23): Cherry Almond
- Week 8 (Feb. 25 – March 2): Blueberry Cheese Cake
Debbie Does Doberge
Debbie Does Doberge inside the Bakery Bar layers in a new Bourbon Praline King Cake Doberge this Carnival season. The new item is a cinnamon cake with bourbon praline pudding covered in cream cheese icing. Customers must be age 21 or older to try this boozy treat. Pre-orders for the king cake doberge must be placed before Jan. 6. There will be limited number of 6″ and 8″ whole cakes and slices available for pick-up at Bakery Bar each day during Carnival season. All whole cakes will be first come first serve after January 6. Slices of the Bourbon Praline King Cake cost $10.
Executive pastry chef Maggie Scales of Link Restaurant Group will offer blueberry cream cheese and chocolate hazelnut as new additions for 2019. These varieties will join the traditional cinnamon and the famous “Elvis” filled with peanut butter, banana and topped with house-cured bacon, marshmallow and traditional Mardi Gras sprinkles. All of chef Scales’ cakes contain a petite pink pig as their signature “baby,” in homage to Cochon’s even-toed ungulate. King cakes can be purchased at both Cochon Butcher and La Boulangerie. The traditional New Orleans-style king cakes are created in two sizes: a 6-inch individual ($9) and a 9-inch large ($30), which serves up to 12 people. The Elvis will be sold daily by the slice or as a large special order cake ($40) with a required 24-hours notice.
The Station Coffee Shop & Bakery
The Station Coffee Shop and Bakery will also roll out some tasty king cakes this year. Offerings for 2019 include a praline king cake, a muffuletta king cake and a “kouign” cake — a kouign-amann rolled in cinnamon sugar. The cakes will be available on Sunday, Jan. 6, but then by order only following.
King Cake Hub
King Cake Hub, a new king cake retailer, will offer some of the area’s most coveted king cakes at a single location. In addition to the bakery partners’ offerings, King Cake Hub partners with Gambino’s Bakery to launch the Epiphany King Cake. “Our new Epiphany King Cake will honor seventy years of Carnival tradition while topped with a modern twist of your new favorite cream cheese icing,” owner Will Samuels said in a release. The Epiphany King Cake is available for pre-order now for $20, with an initial pickup date of Jan. 6.
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