Where to Find NOLA’s Best King Cake Pop-Ups for Mardi Gras 2022 – Eater New Orleans

Where to Find NOLA’s Best King Cake Pop-Ups for Mardi Gras 2022 – Eater New Orleans

A week into Carnival season and it’s clear New Orleanians are hungrier than ever for king cake. Whether it stems from entering the third year of the pandemic, prompting many to find joy in the small things, or the recent proliferation of lauded independent bakers and pastry pop-ups, options for the traditional treat this year are head-spinning, and partakers are cleaning out shelves, booths, and bakery cases all over town.

While king cake pop-ups have long been a thing, last year was a boon for the niche industry; a Mardi Gras with no parades, no balls, and no crowds. The season was full of fresh, creative, and visually arresting cakes to add to an already abundant roster of longtime bakeries and shops, often offering gluten-free or vegan versions. This year is no different (though parades are on), making it harder than ever to keep track of all the king cakes worth trying, and how to get your hands on them.

Here, Eater rounds up this season’s best king cake pop-ups, available at farmers markets, for pickup or delivery, or at other temporary locations. Most of these options require preorders, and many are only available to order and pick up on a weekly basis. Follow the pop-ups’ social media pages for updates on availability as cakes have already been quick to sell out. For the best king cakes that can be found on a regular basis this season, see Eater’s 2022 guide here.

Did we miss an amazing king cake pop-up this year? Let us know.


Bayou Saint Cake’s walnut frangipane king cake

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Bayou Saint Cake

For the second year, star baker Bronwen Wyatt is selling, and quickly selling out of her popular king cakes. Orders open on a week-by-week basis Tuesdays at noon for pick up on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at her brand new headquarters, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFab). Along with a few special flavors that are sure to be wildly creative, Wyatt’s baking three main varieties this year: Cinnamon-date with sour cream glaze; sweet potato swirl with cardamom meringue; and walnut frangipane king cake with apple cider vinegar and cream cheese glaze (pictured in 2021). Order through the website.


Cake cafe’s apple and goat cheese king cake

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Many New Orleans residents are familiar with Cake Cafe’s signature king cake — the slightly dense, almost doughnut-like cake with a perfectly tart and sweet goat cheese and …….

Source: https://nola.eater.com/2022/1/12/22867346/carnival-mardi-gras-king-cake-pop-ups-vegan-gluten-free-new-orleans

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