King Cakes

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

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