Mardi Gras falls on February 12, 2013, so king cake season is in full swing right now. Thanks to generous coworkers who uphold the custom of “baby recipient brings the next cake”, I’ve sampled cakes from no less than six bakeries and supermarkets. So far, the standouts have been Gracious Bakery (pictured), featuring a light, cinnamon brioche filled with a whisper of chocolate, and Maple St Patisserie (almond paste filling, plus praline pecans scattered atop the cake). Third runner up was a lightly filled apple-pecan cake from Nonna Randazzo’s. But I’m sure we’ll sample additional versions in the remaining days of the season….
My all-time favorite cake is a cinnamon-pecan filled from Cajun Pecan House in Cut Off, LA: CPH ships cakes, but only to a limited area.
Before Ash Wednesday, I’m also hoping to sample Domenica’s over-the-top king cake (definitely click to see it here): filled with bananas, mascarpone, and caramel, decorated with bits of gold leaf. Order one here.