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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, 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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Stuffed Cajun Meat Market

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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.

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 (though not within the baked good) in packs of four. Preorders can’t be placed just yet, but pickups will take place from Sunday, February 19 through Tuesday, February 21.

Walton's Fancy & Staple

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The downtown deli’s king cakes are available for preorder now for mid-February. Orders can be placed by emailing catering@waltonsfancyandstaple.com or over the phone, with pickups from Tuesday, February 14 through Tuesday, February 21.

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.

Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

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The Bouldin Creek cupcake shop is getting into the Mardi Gras spirit with king cakes in praline-pecan or strawberry cream cheese flavors. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online.

Abby Jane Bakeshop

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The Dripping Springs bakery from chef Abby Jane will be taking online orders for its king cake starting on Wednesday, February 1 through Sunday, February 12 with pickups on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19. 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.

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.

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 (though not within the baked good) in packs of four. Preorders can’t be placed just yet, but pickups will take place from Sunday, February 19 through Tuesday, February 21.

Walton's Fancy & Staple

The downtown deli’s king cakes are available for preorder now for mid-February. Orders can be placed by emailing catering@waltonsfancyandstaple.com or over the phone, with pickups from Tuesday, February 14 through Tuesday, February 21.

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.

Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

The Bouldin Creek cupcake shop is getting into the Mardi Gras spirit with king cakes in praline-pecan or strawberry cream cheese flavors. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online.

Abby Jane Bakeshop

The Dripping Springs bakery from chef Abby Jane will be taking online orders for its king cake starting on Wednesday, February 1 through Sunday, February 12 with pickups on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19. 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.

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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