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Where to Find King Cake in Austin

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It’s Mardi Gras and the Carnival season right now — Epiphany took place on 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 cases 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, and doughnut iterations from Lola’s, , 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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Stuffed Cajun Meat Market

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There are legit New Orleans king cakes available for pickups from the Cajun restaurant and market near Anderson Mill. On deck are traditional plain cakes, as well as filled ones with cream cheese, cherry, lemon, or bavarian cream. Pickup orders have to be placed online with 72-hours advanced notice.

A round cake with a hole in the middle with segments of yellow, green, and purple colorings.
Stuffed Cajun’s king cake.
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Fat Cats Organic Coffee & Desserts

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The Crestview bakery is whipping up king cakes for the season, available with either cinnamon or cream cheese, plus that baby. Orders must be placed online with two days' advance notice.

Easy Tiger

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The bakeshop is taking preorders for its king cake. The bakery’s take is made with pain au lait dough and cinnamon-sugar filling, plus a little tiger figurine hidden in the baked good. Pickup orders for Thursday, January 6 can be placed online. Fat Tuesday orders will be available starting on Wednesday, February 16.

Tiny Pies

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The mini-chain bakery will switch gears to make tiny king cakes for the season. The small cinnamon brioche will include a baby figurine. Orders can be placed starting on Tuesday, February 15 for pickups at any of the four locations between Saturday, February 26 through Tuesday, March 1.

A king cake.
Tiny Pies’s king cake.
Tiny Pies

Lola's Donuts

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Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop owner Olivia O’Neal’s Cherrywood doughnut shop put together king cake doughnuts. The brioche creations come with a cinnamon cereal milk glaze, sprinkles, and individual baby figures on top. Pickup orders can be placed online.

Walton's Fancy & Staple

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The downtown deli’s king cakes are available for preorder for mid-February pickups. Orders can be placed by emailing catering@waltonsfancyandstaple.com or over the phone, with pickups from Monday, February 14 through Saturday, February 26.

Walton’s king cake.
Walton’s king cake.
Dani Parsons

Sawyer & Co

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The New Orleans diner is serving traditional cream cheese king cakes with cinnamon cream cheese. Orders can be placed online, with pickups starting on Thursday, January 6 throughout Mardi Gras.

Abby Jane Bakeshop

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Abby Jane The newer Dripping Springs bakery from chef Abby Jane is currently taking online orders for its king cake until Wednesday, February 23 at 5 p.m. The sweet iteration is made with sweet cream cheese filling with icing and naturally dyed sprinkles; and there’s a savory one stuffed with Andouille sausage, cheddar cheese, green onions and onions, celery, green bell peppers, and cream cheese. Pickups are available Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27.

Cypress Grill

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This traditional Louisiana-style restaurant has got far south Austin covered for king cake, straight from Gambino’s in New Orleans for pickup and walk-in orders available starting on Wednesday, January 5. Options are cinnamon and cream cheese. Advanced pickups can be placed over the phone.

Cypress Grill’s king cake
Cypress Grill’s king cake
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Skull & Cakebones

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The vegan Dripping Springs bakery is offering a king cake made in the same vein. The sourdough cinnamon cakes are topped with icing and feature an almond in place of the plastic baby. Orders can be placed online for pickups on Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27.

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market

A round cake with a hole in the middle with segments of yellow, green, and purple colorings.
Stuffed Cajun’s king cake.
Stuffed Cajun Meat Market/Facebook

There are legit New Orleans king cakes available for pickups from the Cajun restaurant and market near Anderson Mill. On deck are traditional plain cakes, as well as filled ones with cream cheese, cherry, lemon, or bavarian cream. Pickup orders have to be placed online with 72-hours advanced notice.

A round cake with a hole in the middle with segments of yellow, green, and purple colorings.
Stuffed Cajun’s king cake.
Stuffed Cajun Meat Market/Facebook

Fat Cats Organic Coffee & Desserts

The Crestview bakery is whipping up king cakes for the season, available with either cinnamon or cream cheese, plus that baby. Orders must be placed online with two days' advance notice.

Easy Tiger

The bakeshop is taking preorders for its king cake. The bakery’s take is made with pain au lait dough and cinnamon-sugar filling, plus a little tiger figurine hidden in the baked good. Pickup orders for Thursday, January 6 can be placed online. Fat Tuesday orders will be available starting on Wednesday, February 16.

Tiny Pies

A king cake.
Tiny Pies’s king cake.
Tiny Pies

The mini-chain bakery will switch gears to make tiny king cakes for the season. The small cinnamon brioche will include a baby figurine. Orders can be placed starting on Tuesday, February 15 for pickups at any of the four locations between Saturday, February 26 through Tuesday, March 1.

A king cake.
Tiny Pies’s king cake.
Tiny Pies

Lola's Donuts

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop owner Olivia O’Neal’s Cherrywood doughnut shop put together king cake doughnuts. The brioche creations come with a cinnamon cereal milk glaze, sprinkles, and individual baby figures on top. Pickup orders can be placed online.

Walton's Fancy & Staple

Walton’s king cake.
Walton’s king cake.
Dani Parsons

The downtown deli’s king cakes are available for preorder for mid-February pickups. Orders can be placed by emailing catering@waltonsfancyandstaple.com or over the phone, with pickups from Monday, February 14 through Saturday, February 26.

Walton’s king cake.
Walton’s king cake.
Dani Parsons

Sawyer & Co

The New Orleans diner is serving traditional cream cheese king cakes with cinnamon cream cheese. Orders can be placed online, with pickups starting on Thursday, January 6 throughout Mardi Gras.

Abby Jane Bakeshop

Abby Jane The newer Dripping Springs bakery from chef Abby Jane is currently taking online orders for its king cake until Wednesday, February 23 at 5 p.m. The sweet iteration is made with sweet cream cheese filling with icing and naturally dyed sprinkles; and there’s a savory one stuffed with Andouille sausage, cheddar cheese, green onions and onions, celery, green bell peppers, and cream cheese. Pickups are available Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27.

Cypress Grill

Cypress Grill’s king cake
Cypress Grill’s king cake
Cypress Grill/Facebook

This traditional Louisiana-style restaurant has got far south Austin covered for king cake, straight from Gambino’s in New Orleans for pickup and walk-in orders available starting on Wednesday, January 5. Options are cinnamon and cream cheese. Advanced pickups can be placed over the phone.

Cypress Grill’s king cake
Cypress Grill’s king cake
Cypress Grill/Facebook

Skull & Cakebones

The vegan Dripping Springs bakery is offering a king cake made in the same vein. The sourdough cinnamon cakes are topped with icing and feature an almond in place of the plastic baby. Orders can be placed online for pickups on Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27.

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