A few weeks ago, we asked all of our fans on Facebook which bakery had the best king cakes in Jefferson Parish. The responses varied and in that moment, we decided the only way to settle this was to taste them ourselves. So we contacted all of the bakeries listed and ask them to help us with our challenge! Some played along and some didn’t; but the result was a fun Sunday afternoon filled with laughter, king cake and a SUGAR RUSH!
The bakeries that played along and provided us with king cakes for our challenge were: Rouses Markets, Whole Foods, Haydel’s Bakery, Maurice French Pastries, and The Peace Baker. We sampled each of the king cakes provide an share our thoughts and opinions with you below including the winner of our challenge!
Whole Foods provided us with two of their king cakes: the Chantilly filled and traditional. The cakes were more croissant/pastry like than they were cake. They weren’t as sweet as their competitors and our writers liked that they were made of natural ingredients. Most of our writers preferred the filled version over the traditional and loved the filling. Whole Foods also provides special orders on their king cakes and vegan king cakes.
Rouses used to be our go to for king cakes before going gluten free. Their cakes are have a good flavor, texture and icing/sugar ratio (yes this is important). It’s a traditional king cake in looks and taste. They are made fresh daily in stores which makes them convenient for a busy mom on the go to pick up while doing her weekly grocery shopping.
Haydel’s Bakery is a favorite throughout Jefferson Parish. We loved that the baby was already inside of the cake and not waiting for us to stick in ourselves (who knew this was so important, but it is). It also comes with a figurine that represents a part of Carnival season. The cake was moist and fresh. Our writers loved the sugar to icing ratio on the cake and felt it was just enough. This was our favorite of the traditional king cakes.
Maurice French Pastries
Everyone drooled over Maurice’s Ponchatoula cake from the second it was taken out of it’s box. It was just amazing. Let’s just say it tasted as good as it looked. The cake was good, and the filling was just the right amount of sweetness to not be too over powering. Comments from our writers included: “I could eat the whole thing,” “Second’s Please,” “I would design a whole party around this cake.” The was our favorite of the non traditional king cakes.
All of the king cakes were delicious and we want to thank all of the local bakeries that participated in our king cake challenge. The winner of the challenge was overwhelming Maurice’s Ponchatoula King Cake. Everyone took a slice home and wanted to rush out to Maurice’s to purchase this cake!
Do you have a favorite king cake? Tell us in the comments below or join the discussion on Facebook:
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