One of the biggest, and most delicious, traditions of Fat Tuesday is the king cake. This tasty, oval cake got its name from a cake made to honor the three kings during the “Twelfth Night” celebration in honor of the day the Magi visited baby Jesus bringing him gifts.
The royal colors topping the cake consist of green, representing faith, purple, representing justice and gold, representing power. The baby placed within the cake symbolizes baby Jesus and once it is found the person is granted “good luck” and the responsibility of bringing a new cake to the next gathering.
Since January 6, the twelfth night since Christmas has passed, king cake season is officially here! Some of you may have your designated place, but we have a few suggestions of where to get king cake in Bossier.
Fat Tuesday Sandwich Shop & Bakery
Now you know their king cake will be good when the shop itself is Mardi Gras! This hidden gem in South Bossier actually sells their variety of king cakes throughout the entire year! Their cakes are made from scratch daily- from the dough, made with fresh orange and lemon zest, to the delicious filling and the icing on top.
At Fat Tuesday you’ll find a variety of flavors, the traditional variety of cream cheese and even unique flavors that include:
- Red Velvet
- Chicory Coffee
- Bananas Foster
When you stop by you can buy by the slice or even order a whole cake to share. Or not to share, we won’t tell!
Joe Gambino’s Bakery in Bergeron’s Boudin & Cajun Meats
As if their fried boudin balls weren’t enough of a reason to stop by, Bergeron’s is selling Gambino’s King Cakes. Yes! Bergeron’s is selling Gambino’s Bakery king cakes!
“The goal of our store is to bring ‘down south’ to the northwest Louisiana area,” Alicia Andre, owner of Bergeron’s said. “Gambino’s is a staple in south Louisiana, world-famous, and a great company to work with.”
Here you can find a variety of flavors that are more traditional but oh, so good! Thanks to Bergeron’s, Northwest Louisiana can have a taste of down south during this Carnival Season!
Lilah’s Bakery in Bossier Power Equipment
Lilah’s brings their fresh king cakes across the river and right into Bossier City. This year they have 28 different flavors of king cake and 8 flavors of the week! You could try one flavor of the week, each week, until the end of Mardi Gras and not have tasted them all!
“The best part of our king cakes is the variety of fillings,” Lisa Tike, co-owner of Lilah’s Bakery said. “And that we are baking them fresh, right here, daily.”
These fresh baked cakes and variety fillings include:
- Maple Bacon
You can stop by Bossier Power Equipment to pick up a Lilah’s king cake, you can shop around and support two local businesses while you do it!
Tubbs Hardware & Cajun Gifts
For years, Tubbs has been a king cake staple in the area. From their Traditional Cinnamon flavor to their “X-Treme Cream Cheese,” Tubbs king cakes go fast once it’s yours. You can even find strawberry and blueberry cream cheese cakes.
Regardless of flavor, Mr. Tubbs recipe guarantees you’ll have moist king cake! These moist cakes have their clever tag line with them. “Tubbs’ Original Recipe king cake feeds 14 to 16 people or 10 to 12 Cajuns.”
Tubbs even ships king cakes throughout the continental US, so if you have a friend from out of the great state of Louisiana wondering what all this king cake fuss is about, ship them a cake and let them see for themselves.
This Mardi Gras season- may your king cake be sweet, and your parade catching hand be strong, and may you always find the baby in the cake. Happy king cake eating and laissez les bons temps rouler!
The Wooden Spoon
The Wooden Spoon isn’t just good at delicious cookie baskets or yummy sandwiches and sweets. They are also good at creating beautiful and fresh king cakes for the carnival season!
“A lot of our king cakes are made to order,” Tammy Judge, owner of the Wooden Spoon said. “That way you are always guaranteed to get a fresh one.”
Some of the fresh flavors they offer include:
- Cream Cheese
- Cream Cheese and Praline
- Strawberry and Cream Cheese
- Blue Berry and Cream Cheese
Each cake is top with the signature Mardi Gras colors and delicious icing. Make sure you try a Wooden Spoon King Cake during this king cake eating season! If you want something smaller, they also offer a special Mardi Gras cupcake during this season.