With Mardi Gras just around the corner, many will be reaching out for the most decadent dessert of the season: king cake.
The classic Mardi Gras dessert, which features a sweet dough covered in frosting and sprinkles, and a plastic baby hidden inside, hits local bakeries and stores each January. The cakes are made for the community throughout the Mardi Gras season until Mardi Gras Day, which falls on Tuesday, March 1 this year.
To find a cake this season, here are some local shops in Monroe and West Monroe to visit:
Albritton’s Pastry and Catering
Albritton’s offers a variety of King Cake sizes and flavors. King cake lovers can choose an 8-inch, 10-inch, 14-inch, or 16-inch king cake. Fillings include cream cheese, Bavarian cream, and fruit flavors, such as strawberry, cherry, and lemon.
318-396-0015; www.allbrittonscakehouse.com; 3620 Cypress St., West Monroe
The Corner Coffeehouse/Soups Salads and Sweets
The Corner Coffeehouse, located at 207 Blanchard St., West Monroe, has King Cake flavors ranging from traditional to cream cheese. Customers can order ahead or purchase their cake in the store.
318-322-9407; cornercoffeehouse.net; 207 Blanchard Street, West Monroe
beaver and chicory
Caster and Chicory offers a variety of small and large king cakes, with flavors including Cream Cheese, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Blueberry Cream Cheese, Praline Cream Cheese, Regular Praline, and Traditional Cinnamon Sugar. Instead of plastic babies, the store has a hidden doubloon. People can only reserve cakes in bulk with a minimum of 10 cakes.
318-547-4005; casterandchicory. square. site; 405 Natchitoches Street, West Monroe
the coffee bean
The Coffee Bean offers whole king cakes as well as king cake slices in their shop.
318-324-9114; coffeebean.com; 2501 Broadmoor Blvd., Monroe
Daily Harvest Bakery and Deli
Daily Harvest Bakery & Deli offers custom King Cakes with fresh ingredients. The bakery grinds its own flour for its dough.
318-388-8998; dailyharvestdeliandbakery.com; 1105 Forsythe Avenue, Monroe
Thurman’s Food Factory
Thurman’s is currently taking phone orders for King Cakes. They offer 12-inch and 16-inch cakes with a plethora of flavors to choose from. There are combinations of cream cheese, fruit cream cheese, and more.
318-387-7848; thurmansfoodfactory.info; 608 Stubbs Ave., Monroe
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