Ask Jacksonians where to get a king cake and the answers vary. Wiseguys may say, “New Orleans” and, while fair, why not let NOLA come to you?
From authentic Big Easy bakeries to local bakeries’ own spins, let the good times roll with these six JXN spots for king cake.
Update: JXN’s king cake season ended two days early, on Sunday, February 14, due to the largest winter storm to hit the city since 1989.
Broad Street Baking Company – I-55 at Banner Hall – dine-in or carryout
The most prolific of local king cake purveyors, Broad Street sells themed king cakes nearly year-round. But their traditional Mardi gras-inspired king cakes are only for sale during Carnival season which runs through February 16. The bakery’s original almond cream cheese king cakes are joined by a NOLA-traditional cinnamon king cake and a savory crawfish dip variety, made with cheddar, jalapeño brioche and creamy crawfish dip filling (a 48-hour notice is required for these made-to-order cakes). Check their other king cake themed options, including a Doberge cake and a brunch basket.
Campbell’s Bakery – Fondren – carryout
A JXN-staple bakery, Campbell’s offers a full size ($25-$28) and smaller sized version ($15-$18) of their iced-brioche king cake. Flavors are the traditional cinnamon sugar and cinnamon cream cheese, with specialty flavors pecan praline, blueberry cream cheese and strawberry cream cheese rounding out the list. Campbell’s sister restaurant, Campbell’s Craft Donuts, offers a cream-filed, sugar topped king cake donut in its daily rotation.
Beagle Bagel – Highland Village – dine-in or carryout
Known for their specialty bagels, cream cheeses and sandwiches, Beagle Bagel is also a go-to bakery spot for cinnamon rolls, cookies, cakes – and king cakes. Traditional brioche dough is flavored cinnamon, cream cheese, strawberry and blueberry, available in the case by-the-slice or as a whole cake.
PJ’s – Fondren – dine out or drive-through
Coffee shop PJ’s brings a taste of Harahan, Louisiana to JXN with traditional king cake by-the-slice from Caluda’s. Caluda’s describes their version as “hand-braided (with) rich, moist king cake Danish dough brushed with melted butter and cinnamon sugar, finished with our very own vanilla icing and sprinkled with handmade Mardi Gras-colored sugars.” And as a coffee shop first and foremost, don’t miss PJ’s king cake-themed beverages: King Cake Crème, King Cake Latte, King Cake Protein Velvet Ice and the Zulu Coconut Iced Mocha.
Roux – LeFleur East at Cultivation Food Hall – dine-in or carryout
New Orleans-themed eatery Roux, the newest vendor at Cultivation Food Hall, brings a familiar name to the king cake scene: Gambino’s. Cakes are sold by the slice (traditional cinnamon, cream cheese, and strawberry) and whole cakes are available for walk-up customers (though it’s advised to order in advance). When you stop by to pick up your cake, try their gumbo, red beans and rice, etouffee and other cajun and creole staples.
La Brioche Patieserrie – LeFleur East at Cultivation Food Hall – dine-in or carryout
La Brioche prides itself on being a bit different from the rest. That’s why their king cake offering is a “wreath” design, made of laminated pastry dough, delicately folded and filled with a sweet almond pastry cream. Preorders are being accepted now. Pickup is only available between February 11-16. They also offer a petit gateau, made up of a thin layer of vanilla cake and a light and fluffy cinnamon cream cheese mousse reminiscent of king cake flavors.
Corner Market grocery stores (Fondren, Belhaven and Maywood Mart), Kroger and Whole Foods sell king cakes, too.
Barrelhouse is showcasing a king cake burger. It’s a traditional beef burger with an iced and sugar-sprinkled bun (think Krispy Kreme donut burger.. but better!)
Saltine is featuring King Cake cinnamon rolls every Tuesday through February 16.
Elvie’s is offering a Galette des Rois, a 700-year-old French tradition that predates what we now call king cake, filled with almond cream and served with ice cream.
Brent’s Drugs is offering a king cake milkshake through February 16.
Coffee Prose has King Cake cinnamon rolls.