7 King Cakes in Austin to try during Mardi Gras Season from bakeshops, to pie shops, to delis, here’s where you can find them!

There are certain times of the year that light up our soul with joy, and growing up in the South Louisiana, Mardi Gras was that holiday that rivaled Christmas magic.  Mardi Gras = King Cake, Parades, and Letting the Good Times Roll, or how we say it in Cajun French, Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler.

As a child, eating king cake meant the chance to find a small plastic baby that would crown you King or Queen for the day and bring you good luck for the year, for your parents, this meant buying the next King Cake.  Some people say you buy the king cake the next year, but true Mardi Gras fans know you know you better show up in a day or two, or a week at the latest with the next cake!

King Cake Season kicks off at the end of the Christmas season (January 6th) and goes through Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).

…and since my husband and I’s birthday falls in early January (yes, we have the same birthday), each year we celebrate with a King Cake.  …AND This year we decided to go on a hunt to find one here in Austin.  So I thought I would share 7 King Cakes in Austin.

Side note:  These bad boys are seasonal, so get it while you can, and order in advance to make sure you can get in on the Mardi Gras magic!

Little Ola’s King Cake – photo by Thomas Peters, @curatinglife

Little Ola’s Biscuits

Your neighborhood biscuit shop is baking yeasted brioche and lemon zest king cakes.  These are filled with brown-sugar spiced cream cheese topped with Mardi Gras colored glaze with white nonpareil sprinkles.  Limited daily quantities, order ahead to guarantee your king cake, or grab a slice at the shop!

Easy Tiger King Cake – photo by Thomas Peters, @curatinglife

Easy Tiger

Local bakery with fresh pastries is taking preorders for its king cake.  They boast a rich, buttery pain au lait dough filled with cinnamon sugar, topped with the three colors of Mardi Gras.  …and of course, they have a tiny tiger to hide in the cake in lieu of the traditional baby.  Get your king cakes Friday-Sunday with 48 hours in advance, AND if you didn’t order in advance, they carry prince cakes.  Which are individual sized king cakes that in my onion are even better than their king cake!


Your favorite neighborhood bakery just vibin’ and celebrating Mardi Gras with King Cakes and King Cake Cookies!  King cakes come in cinnamon, cream cheese, raspberry and cream cheese.  Get them on Saturdays and Sundays before they sell out.

Walton’s Fancy & Staple

The downtown bakery, deli, and flower shop serving up king cakes.  Choose your flavor:  cinnamon, cream cheese, strawberry, and lemon-cream, chocolate, and pecan praline, and size: mini, regular, and grand.  Call the store for availability.

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop

This down home southern style dessert bakery, has been featured on food network cupcake wars.  They are getting into the Mardi Gras spirit with king cakes in praline-pecan, raspberry cream, and chocolate-cinnamon flavors.  Available Thursday – Saturday.

Tiny Pies

Tiny Pies boasts that the best pies are not only made by hand, but handheld.  So, of course their king cakes are going to be handheld too!  Tiny King Cakes features cinnamon spiced brioche with sweet icing topped with Mardi Gras colored sugar, and a baby. Call the store for availability.

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market

This authentic Cajun restaurant and specialty food store has a variety of king cakes to choose from: traditional, or stuffed with cream cheese, cherry, lemon, or Bavarian cream, available in full size, and mini versions. All king cakes are covered with their house-made cream cheese icing.  Call the store for availability.

The Big Book of King Cake – photo by Thomas Peters, @curatinglife

If you want to learn more about King Cakes, I definitely recommend checking out The Big Book of King Cake!  Matt Haines, the author went on a mission to try every King Cake in New Orleans one year, and made it through 80 different ones, AND he still didn’t get to them all.  The book is gorgeous and showcases soooo many different types of King Cakes.

The Big Book of King Cake – photo by Thomas Peters, @curatinglife

Happy Mardi Gras Friends!!!  I hope you enjoy trying the 7 King Cakes in Austin that I’ve found.

Have you had a good King Cake in Austin?  Let us know in the comments where you got it at.

P.S. – How about a little extra, or as we like to say in Cajun-French, lagniappe!

Easy Tiger Prince Cakes – photo by Thomas Peters, @curatinglife




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