While we love living in Lafayette with kids year-round, there is something particularly special about Mardi Gras season. Who can deny that one of the best parts of Mardi Gras is the king cake? Whether you are looking for a traditional king cake in Lafayette, to ship a king cake out of state or to grab a treat for your child’s class … below are some of the best king cakes in Lafayette (in our opinion, anyway!)
Best King Cakes in Lafayette, Louisiana
The holiday dust has settled. Decorations have been packed away. The gifts have been opened and toys have been played with for a few days before they were forgotten.
Now, we move on to Mardi Gras! The time of revelry, parades, balls, and most important … KING CAKES! Typically, the rule of thumb is to wait until Twelfth Night to enjoy the delicious pastry. The reason for this is that this marks the twelfth and final night of Christmas and the coming of Epiphany. Not all follow the “rule” because let’s be honest, who wants to wait?!
Every city has its fair share of choices and heated discussions on which is best. In fact, people even get passionate about whether you should leave a knife in the king cake box. Here are a few choices for some of the best king cakes in Lafayette and the Acadiana area.
A Lafayette landmark and classic. This bakery has been open since 1895 and offers delicious flavors at both its Downtown and Youngsville locations. Their cake is made from their homemade danish pastry recipe dating back 120 years.
Meche’s Donut King
Meche’s Donut King offers full or half-and-half flavoring with their king cakes. Their king cakes are based on their donuts. Meche’s also offers shipping.
Lafayette’s only authentic French bakery has been open since 1967. They offer traditional French and American king cakes (the ones you are used to seeing). If you haven’t tried the French version… DO IT. You won’t be disappointed. Shipping is also available.
This bakery has risen in popularity over the years with its mouth-watering cakes. Their king cakes are no exception. In the past, they offered cakes at local stores around town, but you can order and pick up at their location.
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Known for some amazing and delicious breads, they also offer King Cakes! You can order online or stop by to place your order. You’ll definitely want to try their Blueberry Cream Cheese.
Sunny Akers Bread
A wonderful “micro-bakery” by a former French teacher turned baker! Her cake is said to be the perfect balance of sweetness with fresh bread that is sure to bring you back to New Orleans. You can order online or keep an eye out for her at the farmer’s market at Moncus Park on Saturday mornings.
Twins Burgers and Sweets
Another well-known bakery in the area with locations in Lafayette and Youngsville. You can order online or stop by and see what they may have in stock. You’ll want to check out their Pecan Praline Cream Cheese and Strawberry Cream Cheese for sure!
Looking for some seriously out-of-the-box flavors? You’ll definitely want to check out their Apple Pie, Beignet, Banana Pudding, and Reese’s to name a few. Order online and pick up in-store available (Maurice, New Iberia, and Carencro).
Of course, the local grocery will carry their own version. Don’t knock these though… the local grocery can absolutely step into these bakeries.
Additional Top Choices
Millside Market – New Iberia
Donut Mix – Kaplan
Whiskful Baking Co. – Allergy Friendly Bakery
Yum, Y’all – Gluten Free Bakery
If you have any other top-notch bakeries to include, please let us know. The more the merrier! Who do YOU think has the best king cake in Lafayette?