King Cakes

New Orleanians are passionate about their king cakes. Variations on the Mardi Gras-season treat are made all over town.

The bakery Sucre makes this small, moist, eggy brioche bun, gilded in a thin purple-and-gold glaze.
The Vietnamese-American shop Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery slices its king cake and reshapes the slices into an oval, which is then covered with cream cheese icing.
For this less-common version from Hi-Do Bakery, a plain cake is simply sprinkled with colored sugars.
A simple confectioners' sugar icing, decorated with sanding sugars, make this version, from Gambino's, the classic New Orleans king cake.
This modern cake, filled with apples and tangy goat cheese and decorated a la Jackson Pollock, is from Cake Cafe and Bakery.

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