Mardi Gras has always heralded welcome revelry and one of its crown jewels is the king cake.
In St. Charles Parish, they range from the classical to the incredible in sweetness with Chantilly styles to the savory.
At Majoria’s Supermarket in Boutte, the cake begins with gourmet cinnamon dough and then becomes the classic work of art known for its creamy topping and grand colors of the season – gold, green and purple.
Dana Majoria, an owner of Majoria’s, said this year’s longer Mardi Gras season is making this an absolutely big time of the year for the store and has led to “a lot of compliments” for the cakes, which are baked daily. There is a classical cake, but also those filled with Bavarian cream, cream cheese, and strawberry cream cheese.
Majoria’s baker Brenda Breaux said she bakes with love, but her and assistant Lynn LeBlanc’s expertise in making these cakes certainly helps make them a favorite.
Also in Boutte, Take Away Donuts has been selling its unique king cakes for 33 years.
“We make fried king cakes,” said owner Rajnish Jain with his wife, Renu L. “Nobody else in the area did this for years.”
Jain said people have waited two hours to get their cakes during Mardi Gras season.
They come in medium and family size in plain or filled with cream cheese, strawberry or mixed, Bavarian cream, apple and lemon.
“Everything we make we can sell,” Jain said. “The experience makes it better because you can’t cut short on anything. We don’t rush it.”
At Frank’s Supermarket in Des Allemands, Tara Guidry has been cooking up the store’s tasty creations for years and expanding the line.
This year, they unveiled the Wedding Cake King Cake among a variety of cakes that also include the Turtle King Cake, Pecan Praline Cake, Smores King Cake and even the Rollo King Cake.
They’ve explored the savory cake as well with creations filled with crawfish stuffing or boudin made on order. The colorful toppings are actually colored cheese.
Like Frank’s, Gre’aud Fine Foods in Norco has its own version of Chantilly cake called the Berry Cake.
Holly Brooks, who has baked cakes at the store for six years, said their Berry Cake comes with cream cheese icing and filling , and topped with fresh fruit.
Their classic king cakes also come plain or filled with Bavarian crème, cream cheese, apple or raspberry. They come in small, regular and large sizes and are made daily, while an extra large cake is available by order.
They also have minis everyday.