Since neither of us are from Louisiana, we decided to fully embrace the Mardi Gras spirit and try as many king cakes (or variations of king cakes) in Baton Rouge as we possibly could this year. Surprisingly, we never got tired of eating it, but that may be because the spots we tried were all so different. Some places had classic king cake, some deep fried theirs like a donut, others stuffed them with a multitude of fillings, and some were just plain different (but in a good way). Keep reading to see which places we tried in order to find the top king cakes in Baton Rouge in 2021! (These are listed in the order we tried them)
Thee Heavenly Donut
First up, Thee Heavenly Donut. This was a delicious spin on the classic king cake - a donut king cake. It was your typical cinnamon flavor but perfectly fried and glazed, with a layer of the classic white icing and Mardi Gras sprinkles on top. We definitely recommend consuming soon after purchase while it's still fresh!
Second, we tried Gambino's Bakery. When you walk into the bakery, there is a massive rack of all types of flavors - classic, Bavarian cream), cinnamon, cream cheese, various fruit flavors, etc. We went with the Bavarian cream and we must say, it did not disappoint. The dough was light yet moist and the filling was just perfect. This was definitely one of our favorites. Just look at that icing drip..
King cake beignets. Of course we had to add this to our list of king cakes/king cake variations to try this year. The Vintage is an eclectic coffee shop known for beignets (we highly recommend trying their beignet flight) so when they came out with king cake beignets, we HAD to try them. The beignet itself was crispy yet doughy, which was complimented greatly by the sweet cream cheese-y filling. We hope these return next year because they were SO good.
Next, we tried Ambrosia Bakery's king cake. Like Gambino's, they have a bunch of flavors to choose from when you walk in. They're baked goods are amazing (we highly recommend their chess squares) so their king cake was on our list. This king cake was very light and not as sweet; if you like to have a slightly sweet breakfast pastry with a cup of coffee in the morning, this king cake is for you.
The fifth king cake we tried (yes, we're on #5) was from Counterspace BR. Guys. This one was to die for. It was dense, moist, cinnamon-y, gooey, and had the perfect amount of sweetness. This king cake was even better warm, after toasting it in the oven or putting it in the microwave for ~10 seconds. We 10/10 recommend getting their king cakes; we can't wait to try their other treats!
District Donuts is known for creative donut flavors and coffee (but don't sleep on their cinnamon roll or fried chicken biscuit), so of course they created a king cake flavored donut. The donut had a strong orange flavor with a cream cheese filling.
Lastly, Gourmet Girls. We are so glad we ended on a good note! This king cake was a classic king cake and decorated beautifully. Gourmet is definitely fitting for this catering company. There were so many layers to this king cake and each layer was full of cinnamon and dough-y goodness. Their menu includes a cinnamon king cake, cream cheese king cake (this is the one we got), mini king cakes, strawberries and cream king cake, king cake cupcakes, queen cake, and pink champagne king cake. You HAVE to check out their menu for descriptions plus to see what else they offer!
Well, you could say we've had our fill of king cakes this Mardi Gras. Special shout out to Visit Baton Rouge for helping us select most of these spots around town, as well as our friends who helped us consume this large amount of king cake this Mardi Gras season. If you've tried any of these or have suggestions for next year, let us know in the comments!