With the arrival of Mardi Gras you may find yourself craving a king cake. This ultra-sweet, brioche-like baked good from New Orleans comes with a tiny baby token hidden inside (find the token in your piece and you’re crowned king or queen for the day!). Decked out in frosting of purple, gold, and green sugar, the king cake is about as festive as a dessert can get.
You may also know the king cake as a galette des rois, the traditional French cake that predates the New Orleanian version. It still houses a miniature figurine, but this version swaps out the colorful decorations for simple pastry with a paper crown topper, making for a more understated — but just as tasty — holiday treat. It’s normally enjoyed around the Day of Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day. Since this holiday takes place in early January, some bakeries stop offering galettes before you can nab one for Mardi Gras, but others keep them available into February.
If you’re spending Fat Tuesday in NYC instead of NOLA, you may have a harder time finding these gaudy delicacies than you would in Louisiana. Sure, you could always order one by mail straight from the Crescent City or bake one yourself, but, as long as you know where to go, you can still find a king cake right here in New York. Read on to find out who’s selling king cakes for Mardi Gras 2021 and don’t forget — laissez le bon temps rouler!
184 9th Avenue, New York, NY
75 Franklin Street, New York, NY
410 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY
With locations in Chelsea, Tribeca, and the Upper West Side, Billy’s Bakery may be the most convenient option this year. Cinnamon batter cupcakes in the style of traditional king cakes, complete with a baby charm decoration, will be available all February long in-store and via local delivery.
236 W Jericho Turnpike, Syosset, NY
An excursion to the Long Island hamlet of Syosset will lead you to the popular Mara’s Southern Bakery, a go-to spot for the classic full size, New Orleans style king cake. Available in four flavors (cinnamon sugar, pecan cinnamon sugar, cream cheese, or Nutella), they’re on sale in store and through overnight delivery. For those seeking a full Mardi Gras spread, Mara’s is also offering a special themed menu next Monday and Tuesday for in-person diners and to-go orders.
2109 Broadway, New York, NY
Back in Manhattan, you can find the traditional French galette des rois at this Upper West Side patisserie. It’s flavored with almond frangipane and orange zest, and it comes in either an eight-inch or ten-inch diameter size. Supplies are limited for both the baby figurine and paper crown, so order your cake (or pick it up in person) sooner rather than later.
7559 31st Ave, East Elmhurst, NY
Cannelle is another wonderful option for those looking for a galette des rois this time of year. Located in the Queens neighborhood of Elmhurst, this French bakery is offering a traditional galette with frangipane cream filling. Stop by to check availability in person or place an order for in-store pickup via email.
With so many options in New York City, there’s no reason not to celebrate Mardi Gras with a traditional — and festive — King’s cake.