King cake in New Orleans
, like a colleague joked last year, has become a vehicle for unique flavor combinations and extravagance. Cochon Butcher's
Elvis king cake (filled with bananas, peanut butter and bacon, topped with toasted marshmallow and impregnated
with a plastic piglet) and Domenica's
king cake (filled with salted caramel, bananas, roasted pecans and mascarpone, topped with praline glaze and gold leaf) come to mind. Also, Creole Creamery
has an ice cream king cake, Dorignac's
has a sugar-free version and The PeaceBaker
makes a gluten-free one.
Those wanting to stretch the boundaries of what's considered traditional king cake certainly have several ways to do so. (According to NOLA.com, there are roughly 58
.) Luckily, folks who prefer traditional king cake flavor but want to try it in non-king cake items have quite a few choices as well. I've counted at least 10 with two more for lagniappe.
Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro
serves Mardi Gras king cake cheesecake, cheesecake with a thick king cake crust topped with cinnamon, whipped cream and purple, green and gold sugar crystals. Popeyes
also serves a fast food version of the treat, a cheesecake topped with Mardi Gras-colored sprinkles.
mixes cinnamon danish ice cream with stretchy king cake dough and purple, green and gold sprinkles.
Krewe Du Brew
serves king cake lattes topped with whipped cream streaked with Mardi Gras colors.
La Divina Gelateria's
king cake gelato combines sweet cream gelato with king cake crumbles, and whoever finds the gummi bear "baby"
inside gets a free gelato.
Lucy's Retired Surfer Bar's
king cake shots are housemade whipped cream vodka and Rumchata served in glasses rimmed with purple, green and gold sugar.
New Orleans Original Daiquiris
(Gentilly Woods, Lakeside Mall and Riverbend) serve king cake daiquiris made with Taaka king cake vodka. (Did you know there are three king cake vodkas
now? In my opinion, Taaka is way better than Lucky Player and so much cheaper. Anyone tried Pinnacle's yet?)
The Original New Orleans Sno-Ball & Po Boy/Brother Martin Snowball Stand/The Green House
has a king cake snowball. Admittedly, it doesn't taste as much like king cake as it did when the flavor was first released in roughly 2008. (Other snowball stands
have king cake snowballs, too, but none of the ones I thought of were open. If you know of an open one with king cake snowballs, please feel free to mention it in the comments.)
Ralph's on the Park
doesn't have it on the menu, but bartenders can make a king cake cocktail combining Absolut Vanilia, raw vanilla, butterscotch schnapps, cream and simple syrup.
Mardi Gras macarons are Mardi Gras-colored and filled with "New Orleans' king cake inspired mousseline."
The Sweet Life Bakery
has king cake cupcakes and king cake pops made with king cake dough.
Available at most groceries and drugstores, Blue Bell
also makes king cake ice cream, combining cinnamon ice cream with king cake chunks, sprinkles and a cream cheese ribbon.