What Your Favorite King Cake Says About You

Photograph by Brei Delahoussey

Dong Phuong

Your selfie game is on point. Your instagram is gorgeous. You are the first of your friends to try a new restaurant when it opens. You may be in a Mardi Gras Krewe but not one of the old lines. You could be a 10th generation New Orleanian or a recent transplant. You’re future-focused both for yourself and for New Orleans.  


You like red beans on Mondays and you don’t eat king cake before twelfth night (the horror). You may or may not have a secret stash of signature throws in your attic. You love to spend Mardi Gras night watching the meeting of the courts on TV and you once fan-girled when meeting Peggy Scott Laborde. You probably grew up in New Orleans, Metairie, old Jefferson or on the Northshore.

Randazzos (Manny’s, Camellia City, or Nonna’s)

No one cheers louder for the Saints that you do. You have a full wardrobe of black and gold clothing and you switch it out after Christmas for your purple, green, and gold wardrobe. You know how to pinch the tails and suck the heads and you are NOT shy about doing so when the opportunity arises. You think rhinestones look good on just about anything. You probably grew up in St. Bernard, or you have family from St. Bernard.


Tell us where you’re from–Alabama? Baton Rouge? Bogalusa? One thing is for sure–you are not from New Orleans. Donut-style king cakes are all the rage, but New Orleanians know that colored sprinkles don’t make it a king cake. We love you, we welcome you, we hope to turn you into a fan of one of our favorite king cakes. #TeamMcKenzie #TeamRandazzo

Photograph by Ashley Authement


You’re a low-maintenance kind of person. You don’t understand why anyone would stand in line for something that can easily be picked up anywhere. King cake is less of an experience and more of a grocery item for you. When the McKenzie types start freaking out about “king cakes” in July, you think they’ve lost their minds–it’s just king cake.

Paul’s Pastries

You’re from Mississippi.

Butter Krisp/King Cake King

You’re Covington born and bred and love it. Who needs Rex when there’s the Krewe of Lions? – it even passes twice. You’re low maintenance about Mardi Gras and that’s just fine for you.


You’re not afraid to get a little dirty in search of a good time. You love tight jeans on men and women and you know that a barrel roll competition doesn’t involve actually rolling a barrel down a hill. You appreciate wide open spaces and a slower pace of life. You may own a boat or you may be a hunter. Or both! You think one or two parades a year is just fine.

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Hi, I'm Katy. Mom to four sweet boys ages 10, 6, 6, and 5. It's a loud, messy, chaotic life. I love connecting with other parents and am so glad you stopped by today!

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Hi, I'm Katy. Mom to four sweet boys ages 10, 6, 6, and 5. It's a loud, messy, chaotic life. I love connecting with other parents and am so glad you stopped by today!

12 Comments on "What Your Favorite King Cake Says About You"

  1. Navarre’s, seriously? Wrong, just wrong, I’ve had what they dubbed as a king cake and was extremely disappointed. It was dry, bland and nothing more than an oversized doughnut, no brioche dough. Where’s Doughlicious (located in Hammond), they are fantastic, and so much better. Such a shame you included a bad king cake and left out deliciousness from Doughlicious.

  2. Randazzos is the best by far!! But they got the personality all wrong. Except for the crawfish.

  3. What about Antoine’s in Gretna?

    • These are loosely based on people we know who love these particular king cakes. We didn’t have enough people mention Antoine’s to build a profile 🙂

  4. Party palace in kenner

  5. If a king cake is not woven to resemble the crown of thorns then it isn’t a king cake. It is a big round circle cake. The shape of a king cake has meaning, just like 12th night, and the PPG as colors.

  6. Ok I’m not having the Baton Rouge slander under Meche’s, lumping us in with Alabama……a lot of us know good king cake too, just sayin!

    My Top 3 are Manny Randazzo’s, Sucre, and Haydel’s. All just standard, classic King Cake done right.

  7. More people need to experience galette des rois., Frangipane and puff pastry are soo good together. McKenzie will always hold a very dear and special place in my heart. Caluda’s makes some pretty darn good king cakes too.

  8. My favorite is Barkers in St Bernard, would love to hear your take on that.

  9. So many Delicious King Cakes!! My feeling is who makes the one considered to be the Original ? And from the research I’ve done it seems from descriptions it’s those that are cinnamon braded and a glazed icing with PGG sugar dusted on top.

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