King Cake is a traditional pastry that has ties to different holiday seasons around the world. In New Orleans, it is associated with Mardi Gras, but you can find King Cake many places in Birmingham if you are planning to celebrate!
The King Cake ‘season’ traditionally starts on January 6th in honor of Epiphany, a Christian celebration of Jesus. Residents of New Orleans host parties centered around the King Cake from Epiphany to Mardi Gras. This considered the Mardi Gras season. It is said that if King Cake is eaten outside the season, it can bring bad luck and rain on the day of the Mardi Gras Celebration. Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is on March 5th this year.
Savage’s has been serving the Birmingham area fantastic baked good since 1939. Savage’s King Cakes range from $16 – $21 and are available with a cream cheese filling or the traditional cinnamon.
The owner of Bengtsson’s Baking is a Louisiana native who learned how to cook authentic King Cakes there. He is offering an amazing deal for Birmingham area residents: FREE delivery! He also offers gluten-free options, vegan and even keto options for King Cake so you can celebrate with everyone in your life, so matter the diet! Here is an excerpt from his post on reddit:
Thank you to those who have responded to my offer of fresh King Cakes. I lived in Louisiana for seven years and learned how to make King Cakes there. I make the traditional cinnamon plus about 12 different filled varieties, as well as gluten-free, vegan, and now even Keto King Cakes.Bengtsson’s Baking
Check out the Bengtsson’s Baking Facebook page to order. He also has options for other sweet treats!
Publix has an entire web page dedicated to Mardi-Gras products. The page includes Zapp’s chips, Chantilly Cake, party platters, Muffaletta sandwiches and of course, King Cake. The King Cakes are made fresh at the Publix Bakery and come with traditional cinnamon filling, strawberry cheese or plain cheese filling.