With social distancing efforts extending into 2021, Mardi Gras celebrations look different this year with New Orleans cancelling its signature parades for the carnival season. However, it’s no excuse to skip out on safely letting the good times roll. One of the ways you can celebrate within reason is by purchasing an authentic, New Orleans-style king cake.
Now, don’t get us wrong – we know that these iconic cakes hail from NOLA, but Houston bakeries have proven to hold their own over the years with this classic cinnamon-inspired dessert. Covered in sticky confectioner’s sugar or cream cheese-based icing and a mixture of purple, green, and gold sanding sugar, these circular cakes are perfect for any quarantine bubble’s Fat Tuesday celebrations.
Brennan’s of Houston – 3300 Smith Street, Houston, TX 77006
As the sister restaurant to Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, a meal at Brennan’s on any given day can feel like an escape to the lively state of Louisiana. This carnival season, the restaurant is helping to bring the comfort of the Pelican State to Houston with their very own king cake. Order your traditional, New Orleans-style king cake at 24 dollars a pop with only one-day of advanced notice.
Common Bond Bistro & Bakery - Montrose – 1706 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006
Vibrant and festive, these Louisiana-style king cakes adorned with Mardi Gras beads and a small plastic baby and are available for preorder in two flavors at Common Bond Café. Traditional cinnamon is 26 bucks, while raspberry with cream cheese is 28 dollars, but you can score both at a discounted 50 total. You can even purchase your own king cake kit, or if you’re in a giving mood, donate to a cancer patient!
Dessert Gallery Bakery & Café – 3600 Kirby Drive #D, Houston, TX 77098
Year-round, Dessert Gallery is a one-stop-shop for special occasions big and small, and Mardi Gras is no exception! In addition to carnival-themed chocolate covered pretzels, petit fours, and cookies decorated by hand in hues of purple, green, and gold, the bakeshop is offering 10-inch made-from-scratch king cakes for pre-order. Choose from cinnamon sugar, dulce de leche, Nutella, or strawberry cream cheese.
Red Dessert Dive – 1045 Studewood Street, Houston, TX 77008
With smaller celebrations still underway, there is no need to commit to an entire king cake for a mini gathering. That’s why Red Dessert Dive is offering 7-inch traditional cinnamon king cakes with cream cheese for up to six people. Party of one? Drop-in on Thursday or Friday and score king cake by the slice for just 4 bucks. But, hurry – slices go fast on these two days!
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