The beginning of the Mardi Gras and the Carnival season is soon — Epiphany takes place on Thursday, January 6 — which means one thing: it’s king cake time. The sweet, colorful, typically ring-shaped, brioche-based cake stuffed with cream or fruit fillings usually includes a randomly placed plastic baby. Whoever finds the figurine in their portion is deemed the “king” of the day, but also has to purchase next year’s cake.
Many Austin bakeries and restaurants are selling king cakes this week through the end of Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday on March 1. There are New Orleans-sourced cakes at Cypress Grill, options from Sawyer & Co, doughnut iterations from Lola’s, and French king’s cakes from Julie Myrtille, among others. For additional king cake needs, look to local supermarkets, grocery stores, and markets such as H-E-B, Central Market, and Wheatsville.
As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each bakery/restaurant is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the bakery/restaurant themselves.
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