by Sheila S.
It’s Mardi Gras season in Louisiana and that means it’s also King Cake Season! The King Cake has been around for 300 or so years. What started as dry French bread with sugar on top is now a delicious pastry type dough with cinnamon topped with sugary sweet icing and any combination of purple, green, and gold(or yellow) sprinkles. You’ll also find them filled with cream cheese, praline sauce, or a number of other tasty options.
This year, we wanted to share a five different ways to enjoy this Mardi Gras tradition in Monroe-West Monroe:
- Tummy Yummy Creations’ Prince Cake
Pick up a Prince Cake from Tummy Yummy Creations in West Monroe. This smaller version of the King Cake allows you to enjoy a smaller version of this festive treat! Choose from Classic Cinnamon, Peach, Praline, Strawberry, Cream Cheese, Chocolate Pudding or Bananas Foster and, if you are lucky enough to catch it, their newest flavor Blueberry Lemon. And they are only $7 each!
- Daily Harvest Bakery King Cakes
Known for “good food with a side of healthy,” Daily Harvest Bakery King Cakes offer the same delicious taste with that same healthy spirit. They make their king cakes with whole wheat flour and succanot, a diabetic friendly sweetener. Choose from flavors like Chocolate Chip, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese, and Pecan Praline!
- Chef Cassie’s King Cakestravaganza
Nonna, the Italian restaurant of award-winning Chef Cory Bahr, is known for their delicious Italian fare. The patio is the perfect place to unwind and one can let the afternoon slip away with some fun on the bocce ball court. During Mardi Gras season, they’ll now be known for Chef Cassie’s King Cakes with Creole Cream Cheese, Roasted Louisiana Strawberry, Dulce de Leche, or Traditional Cinnamon flavors. Believe me, there is no wrong choice.
- The Corner Coffeehouse King Cake Latte
Looking for something a little different? Try your King Cake in a cup at The Corner Coffeehouse! Flavored with White Chocolate, Amaretto, and Caramel, this specialty latte features is topped with whip cream and purple, green, and gold sugar sprinkles. They also serve King Cakes and Mardi Gras cupcakes as well in their bakery.
- Magic Grill West Monroe’s King Cake Burger
Perhaps the most adventurous way to enjoy the flavors of the Mardi Gras season is with the King Cake Burger at Magic Grill West Monroe. And yes…it is exactly what it sounds like: a beef hamburger patty served in a traditional King Cake bun and dressed just how you like it. They tried it last year for about a week and those patrons, who were brave enough to try it, loved it. When Mardi Gras season rolled around this year, the calls started rolling in. Kaitlyn and I couldn’t pass up the chance to give it a try. We both loved the sweet mixed with the savory. It’s definitely a must-try this season.
So what’s your favorite way to enjoy this Mardi Gras tradition?? Which one of these 5 are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments.
Laissez les bon temps rouler, y’all!