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Where to Find King Cake in Austin

Indulge in king cakes, roscas de reyes, and galettes des rois in the city

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It’s the new year which means it’s king cake time. The sweet is eaten for both Epiphany — aka Three Kings’ Day — and Mardi Gras and the Carnival season.

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. There are also other global versions: there’s the French galette des rois, which is a flakier version with frangipane almond cream with a hidden bean instead of a baby figurine; and then there’s the Spanish rosca de reyes that is topped with icing and candied fruit.

Many Austin bakeries and restaurants are selling king cakes/galette des rois/roscas de reyes now through the end of Carnival. Epiphany takes place on Friday, January 6; Carnival begins that same day and runs through Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 21.

In Austin, find New Orleans-sourced cakes at Cypress Grill, options from Sawyer & Co, roscas de reyes from Comadre Panaderia, 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.

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There are legit New Orleans king cakes available for pickup 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 48-hours advanced notice.

Easy Tiger

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The bakeshop chain 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 three of its locations — the Linc, South Lamar, and East Seventh — can be placed online.

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The Louisianan-French restaurant-slash-bakery is baking up galette des rois for the season. Orders can be placed online or over the phone.

Comadre Panaderia

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There are weekend preorders for roscas de reyes from the East Austin bakery pop-up available for Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8. The sourdough brioche will be filled with a pepita frangipane that is then topped with candied sour oranges, a guava paste, and a Mexican vanilla shell. Place orders online, and pickups take place at host site Nixta Taqueria.

Julie Myrtille Bakery

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The Govalle French bakery is celebrating Epiphany with galettes des rois available through the month of January. There are two versions: the classic frangipane one and one with extra frangipane, and both come with a paper crown, a bag, and a hide-it-yourself charm. Pickup orders can be placed online, with a five-day-advanced notice.

Sawyer & Co

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The New Orleans diner, through its catering arm 2 Dine 4 Fine, is serving traditional cream cheese king cakes with cinnamon cream cheese. Orders can be placed online, with timed pickups starting on Monday, January 10 throughout Mardi Gras.

El Naranjo

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The Oaxacan restaurant’s offering roscas de reyes this season, topped with fried fruits and nuts. Preorders via the phone can be placed now with pickups on Friday and Saturday, January 6 and 7, at 5 p.m.

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. Options are cinnamon and cream cheese. Advanced pickups can be placed over the phone.

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market

There are legit New Orleans king cakes available for pickup 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 48-hours advanced notice.

Easy Tiger

The bakeshop chain 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 three of its locations — the Linc, South Lamar, and East Seventh — can be placed online.

épicerie café & grocery

The Louisianan-French restaurant-slash-bakery is baking up galette des rois for the season. Orders can be placed online or over the phone.

Comadre Panaderia

There are weekend preorders for roscas de reyes from the East Austin bakery pop-up available for Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8. The sourdough brioche will be filled with a pepita frangipane that is then topped with candied sour oranges, a guava paste, and a Mexican vanilla shell. Place orders online, and pickups take place at host site Nixta Taqueria.

Julie Myrtille Bakery

The Govalle French bakery is celebrating Epiphany with galettes des rois available through the month of January. There are two versions: the classic frangipane one and one with extra frangipane, and both come with a paper crown, a bag, and a hide-it-yourself charm. Pickup orders can be placed online, with a five-day-advanced notice.

Sawyer & Co

The New Orleans diner, through its catering arm 2 Dine 4 Fine, is serving traditional cream cheese king cakes with cinnamon cream cheese. Orders can be placed online, with timed pickups starting on Monday, January 10 throughout Mardi Gras.

El Naranjo

The Oaxacan restaurant’s offering roscas de reyes this season, topped with fried fruits and nuts. Preorders via the phone can be placed now with pickups on Friday and Saturday, January 6 and 7, at 5 p.m.

Cypress Grill

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. Options are cinnamon and cream cheese. Advanced pickups can be placed over the phone.

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