BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Plain, fruit-filled or Bavarian cream-filled — every type of king cake you’re looking for can be found in Baton Rouge.
King cakes are traditionally sold beginning on Jan. 6 every year, which marks the official start of Mardi Gras season. The date refers to the Twelfth Night when the three wise men delivered gifts to baby Jesus, according to Eater.
The yellow, green and purple decorated sweet can be found at Louisiana bakeries and grocery stores all Carnival season long. There are several bakeries in Baton Rouge offering traditional options and unique flavors.
Mardi Gras is on Feb. 21 this year, so plan accordingly.
Here’s where to buy a king cake in Baton Rouge.
Alexander’s Highland Market
Location: 18111 Highland Market Drive
Choose from countless flavors to eat at home or to air ship to friends and family. The bakery offers specialties, including gluten-free and boudin.
How to place an order: Online at alexandersmkt.com/shop/bakery/king_cakes or call 225-615-7800.
Locations: 4142 Government Street and 12732 Perkins Road
This local Baton Rouge grocery store offers fresh king cakes every year. The store’s bakery sells a wide range including unique flavors, even some that are booze-infused.
How to place an order: Visit one of the two Baton Rouge locations listed above.
Location: 7575 Jefferson Highway
This local “from scratch” bakery sells regular and vegan fresh-baked king cakes. The bakery says on its website that order requests must be placed by 12 p.m. three days before pick up.
How to place an order: Online at counterspacebr.com or call 225-456-5002.
Location: 8646 Goodwood Boulevard
Can’t choose between two flavors? The Baton Rouge location of New Orleans-founded Gambino’s offers two-filling cakes. If you can’t make it out to a parade, Mardi Gras beads, masks and feather boas can be added to your order.
How to place an order: Online at gambinos.com/shop/king-cakes.
The Ambrosia Bakery
Location: 8546 Siegen Lane
This Baton Rouge bakery has different types available for in-store pickup. There’s the traditional recipe but also other, more distinctive flavors like a coconut-topped Zulu king cake, pecan praline or fresh strawberry.
How to place an order: Online at ambrosiabakery.com.
Thee Heavenly Donut
Location: 17732 Highland Road
This bakery claims to be the home of the fried king cake in Baton Rouge. The Heavenly Donut offers traditional and gourmet fillings. There’s even a savory Cajun boudin option, but orders must be placed 24 hours ahead.
How to place an order: Visit the bakery or call. The Highland Road location can be reached at 225-753-771.