As we warily await the beginning of Lent, bakeries are embracing one of the carnival season’s greatest gifts: king cake. This traditional Mardi Gras treat consists of a raised dough ring topped with a sweet glaze colored with gold, green, and purple sugar, giving it the regal appearance that its name suggests. If you’re overdue for a visit to the dentist, proceed with caution, as king cakes traditionally come with a plastic baby Jesus hidden inside. (Finding the baby, however, earns you a full year of luck and a commitment to buying next year’s cake for your friends and family.) Here are some Seattle locations ready to help you feed your king cake cravings:
Where Ya At Matt, a New Orleans-inspired food truck, offers slices ($4) at the truck, as well as whole ($35) cakes that can be ordered in advance. Check out their website to see where Matt will be next.
Bakery Nouveau will offer whole cakes ($28) starting in February. Multiple locations
La Parisienne, a traditional French bakery in downtown Seattle, will be offering galette des rois, a French style of king cake. Cakes are available January 1 to 31 ranging in price ($20 to $48) depending on size and flavor. Belltown
Sugar Bakery and Café will offer whole king cakes ($40) during the Mardi Gras season. Multiple locations
Petit Pierre Bakery has whole galette des rois available in-store and available for order. Cakes come in a variety of sizes and are available with either an almond cream or apple puree filling ($19 to $29). Magnolia
Ben Paris is excited to bring this New Orleans tradition to Seattle. Typically offering classic American food with some original twists, the restaurant will have cakes ($35) available for preorder through Mardi Gras. Downtown