King Cake Hub is proud to bring together some of the best king cakes from New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana as we get ready for Mardi Gras 2020. From years of Carnival tradition to the hot new kids on the king cake block, from filled to unfilled, from danish to brioche, and from your old-school favorites to the new ones you must try, we'll be your one-stop shop for all things king cake including several flavors exclusive to King Cake Hub!
In the early 1920s, Beulah Ledner sold baked goods out of her Uptown home on Lowerline and opened her own bakery in 1933. She became known as the "Doberge Queen of New Orleans," inventing the classic cake and becoming a baking legend. In the 1940s she sold her retail location and recipes to Joe Gambino and in 1949 "Joe Gambino's Bakery" was born. Now, Gambino's brings 70 years of Carnival tradition with king cakes made by hand fresh daily with a sweet, special recipe Danish dough that is infused with cinnamon swirls throughout. We are proud to be the exclusive Orleans Parish distributor for the King of King Cakes!
King Cake Hub Offerings:
In 1975 Ha Do escaped from South Vietnam as the country fell to North Vietnam. Fearing Communist rule he left his family behind and traveled by boat with only the clothes on his back making his way to a refugee camp in Indonesia before finally getting clearance to come to America. After eight years he finally was reunited with his family and in 1989 started his own bakery. Thirty years later, Hi Do Bakery has become a favorite of the West Bank as crowds flock to this Vietnamese bakery for French bread, pastries and amazing king cakes. Utilizing a French style of baking, Hi Do's King Cakes are not to be missed.King Cake Hub Offerings:
- Traditional with Cinnamon
- Cream Cheese
- Bavarian Cream
- Chocolate Cream Cheese (new for 2020 and exclusive to King Cake Hub!)
When he was just 12 years old, Vincent Cannata started working at his family's grocery store in the Carrollton area of New Orleans. He milked cows at his family's farm and delivered milk door to door. He expanded to include bread, fruits and vegetables to be delivered to neighbors and other markets including working at the New Orleans French Market. In 1939 he married Fannie Canale and the couple moved to Morgan City and opened up a fruit stand. This would eventually become Morgan City's first modern supermarket. Now, Cannata's has three locations in the Houma & Morgan City area with an in-store restaurant, a huge wine and liquor department and an amazing bakery making over 60 flavors of King Cake! In 2017, their Snickerdoodle Ooey-Gooey King Cake was the People's Choice winner at the annual King Cake Festival and it is out of this world. King Cake Hub is proud the be the exclusive New Orleans distributor for Cannata's yummy king cakes.King Cake Hub Offerings: (Flavors will vary- other flavors may be available in-house and for pre-order)
- Gooey Butter Snickerdoodle
- Gooey Butter Berry Cream Cheese
- Cannata Cannoli
- Who Dat
- Old-fashioned Cinnamon
From baking starting from the age of sixteen in her high school's culinary program to the Culinary Institute of America to serving as Bakery Manager at Whole Foods to overseeing thousands of King Cakes being cranked out from Rouse's Market, Chaya Conrad brings a lifetime of amazing bakery experience to a place of her very own in New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood. In just a couple of years Bywater Bakery has become a big name in New Orleans' Carnival scene with a Berry Chantilly King Cake that many consider to be a must-get for Mardi Gras. We're proud to be working with one of Carnival's newest shining stars!
King Cake Hub Offerings:
- Carnival- 10 inch fluffy brioche slathered in ooey gooey batter and funfetti sprinkles.
- Chantilly- 10 inch fluffy brioche overfilled with our signature Chantilly cream and fresh berries
- Azul Dulce Blueberry
The Girls Gone Vegan sisters bring a lifetime of family baking and a chemistry degree in developing tasty recipes that can accommodate customers with severe allergies. Their product line and kitchen are 100% gluten free & vegan with no wheat, barley, rye, eggs, dairy or honey of any kind. Their baked goods are available throughout New Orleans and we are excited about being able to offer their gluten-free king cakes.
King Cake Hub Offerings: (flavored cakes selection will vary in-house but should be available for pre-order. Flavored cakes will be available on Monday, January 6 and then on Thursdays through Sundays following).
- Lemon Lavender
- Apple Pecan
- Cherry Chip
- Strawberry & Cream
- Rum Raisin
- Banana Nut
- Caramel Mocha
We are very proud to be partnering with the Culinary Arts program of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) as they bring their creative king cakes as a fundraiser for the department. NOCCA’s Culinary Arts department is offering its take on this seasonal, sugary treat with a Satsuma Almond King Cake. They start by layering flaky puff pastry with rich almond paste then add a bright, refreshing, citrus filling using satsumas supplied by their partners at Press Street Gardens. Boxed with a small crown of gold metallic paper (a regal alternative to the usual plastic baby), these king cakes are perfect for serving at parties, for gifting, or for enjoying with family at home.
- Satsuma Almond King Cake (Availability beginning midday 1/6/20)
Caluda's has a 10,000 square foot bakery in Harahan which cranks out thousands of delicious King Cakes every year and also is the home of Cottage Catering, purveyors of Jazz Fest favorites Crawfish Strudel and White Chocolate Bread Pudding! Chef John Caluda's King Cakes are made from a rich, moist Danish dough and brushed with melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Each Caluda’s Mardi Gras King Cake is finished with their very own vanilla icing and sprinkled with handmade Mardi Gras-colored sugars.
- Cream Cheese
- Raspberry Cream Cheese
- Strawberry Cream Cheese
- Praline Cream Cheese
- Dragon Claw (Debuting 1/6/20, exclusive to King Cake Hub!)
- Caluda's Keto King Cake (Gluten-free, grain free, low carb and no-sugar added!)
A late addition to our 2019 lineup, we are thrilled to have Slidell's Sugar Love Cakes Bakery join our full-season lineup for 2020! Sugar Love was founded by Sierra Dee, a local baker who started her business from her kitchen at home. After a couple of years of creating a loyal local following for her custom birthday & wedding cakes (and after completely outgrowing her kitchen) she finally opened her own professional bakery. Sugar Love made a splash and won awards at the last few King Cake Festivals with tasty king cakes and creative individual snacks including their very popular King Cake on a Stick, King Cake Nuggets, and King Cake Bread Pudding!
With several locations throughout New Orleans, Metairie and Baton Rouge as well as Las Vegas, District is known for its creative made-from-scratch Donuts,, but they also have super-yummy King Cakes! For 2020, District is offering a combo package of our New School and Old School King Cakes! District's "Old School" King Cake is a throwback to simple brioche cakes. It will remind you of some of your nostalgic bakery experiences of the past - pillowy soft brioche bread, light icing, dusted with a generous amount of sanding sugar. This is the perfect bite to enjoy with a cup if coffee. The "New School" King Cake is their nod to the non-traditional style cake. A Danish style dough - think rich, buttery and delicate lightly spiced with cinnamon and a touch of cream cheese. This cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Chef Amy Boudreaux of Zuppardo's
Chef Amy Boudreaux is a master king cake baker and under her leadership, Balestra’s grocery store in Belle Chasse was a big winner at the 2019 King Cake Festival with her Blueberry Chantilly King Cake winning the Judges' Choice for Best Presentation and Best Non-Traditional King Cake. They were also the only multi-award winner at the 2018 King Cake Festival winning for these same categories. Now, Chef Boudreaux has taken the bakery reigns at Zuppardo's and joins us with a beautiful array of cakes, exclusive to King Cake Hub!
In 2019 Kelly Mayhew debuted a super-yummy King Cake from his Old Metairie bakery and the results were a smash success. Lines formed down the block for the chance to pick up one of these masterpieces- a fermented brioche cake with a white fondant icing. Recently, Mayhew Bakery opened a new bakery in Mid-City with yummy breads, pastries, desserts and three flavors of King Cakes which we are delighted to add to our lineup!
Available Flavors (Availability begins January 8, 2020):
NOTE: Not all flavors listed above will be available daily and selection may vary. Pre-ordering is available for most cakes for pickup through Lundi Gras. Note that only Gambino's, Epiphany and Caluda's King Cakes are available for shipping from us.