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Where to Find King Cakes in Houston

These vibrant, sugar-dusted oval cakes are reemerging in bakery cases all over town, and some restaurants are putting their own spin on the classic dessert

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From Three Kings Day on January 6 to carnival season’s conclusion on Fat Tuesday, it’s encouraged to commemorate Mardi Gras by indulging in a sugary, cinnamon-spiced king cake. Said to represent faith, justice, and power, the tradition of devouring the fluffy, green, purple, and gold ring of dough dates back to the 1800s and can have Houstonians itching to get their cake fix by traveling to New Orleans or Galveston where celebrations and parades abound. Luckily, there’s no need to go far.

Many tried and true local bakeries have long offered king cakes throughout the season, while newer contenders put their own distinct twists and refreshing spins on the traditional dessert.

Whether you’re planning to serve a king cake to 20 of your closest friends (don’t fight over the lucky plastic baby!), or you’re craving a slice all to yourself from your neighborhood bakery, here are 14 places offering top-notch choices.

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Montgomery Bakehouse

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It’s already worth the trek to Conroe to visit this decades-old bakery slinging scratch-made cornbread, eclairs, and fruit-filled pies, but during Mardi Gras season, it’s all about the freshly baked king cakes. Find whole cakes topped with colored sugar, beads, and a plastic baby with a variety of fillings ranging from cinna-butter to pecan praline.

Memorial Bakery

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Memorial Bakery celebrates Mardi Gras in grand fashion, with themed cupcakes, petit fours, cookies, and king cakes available for pre-order throughout the season. Score a plain, 9-inch round or 12-inch oval king cake starting at $18, or spring for more flavor with one filled with cream cheese or fruit starting at $28.

Red Dessert Dive

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Year-round, this small-batch Heights bakery touts a cake for every occasion, and Mardi Gras is no exception. Decadent whole cakes, complete with the glittery icing and the plastic baby, are available first-come, first-serve, with individual slices available, too, for those who just want a taste.

Three Brothers Bakery

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Mardi Gras season is in full swing at this iconic Houston bakery with items like fleur de lis-decorated and dipped cookies, themed petit fours, Mardis Gras cupcakes, and king cakes. Go traditional with a plain king cake for $20, or pay $10 more to get yours stuffed with cream cheese and praline, raspberry, or strawberry filling.

Étoile

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In lieu of the familiar New Orleans-style king cakes, French chef Philippe Verpiand is making available handmade gallete de rois for pick-up at Etoile with 24-hour notice through January 31. The galette is a crown-shaped cake made of puff pastry and filled with a buttery, almond cream filling. Much plainer than New Orleans-style cakes, the galette lacks the colorful sugary topping most are used to. Cakes can feed up to eight people and cost $40 each.        

A plain galette de roise topped with a festive crown.
Etoile is offering a traditional galette de roise through the end of the month.
Philippe Verpiand

French Gourmet Bakery

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This River Oaks bakery offers both galette de rois and New Orleans-style king cakes, properly adorned with colored beads, coins, and an ornamental baby. The 12-inch galettes, which are filled with almond cream, are available by special order on the weekends only, but the New Orleans-style varieties, including cinnamon, almond, and cream cheese, are available at the shop every weekend until Fat Tuesday. If you don’t want to commit to an entire cake, opt for a colorful king cake roll for $5.

Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe

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This Upper Kirby dessert bar is a haven for all things sweet, fluffy, and moist — Mardi Gras king cakes included. Through February 15, whole cakes are available at the shop or online starting at $25 for the classic Cinnamon King Cake. Switch it up with the rich Praline Crunch King Cake for $27 or devour a personal-sized cake, like the mini cinnamon or mini Praline Crunch King Cakes for $9 each. If looking to add your own special touch to the holiday, opt for the King Cake decorating kit for $20, which comes with two mini cakes, frosting, colored sugars, strands of beads, and two babies to complete your Mardis Gras celebration.

A close up of Dessert Gallery’s Praline Crunch King cake dripping in icing and covered in beads, with a little plastic baby on top.
Try Dessert Gallery’s different styles of King Cakes this season.
Becca Wright

Moeller's Bakery

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This good ol’ Bellaire bakery is a go-to for king cakes each year, offering them plain or filled with raspberry, cream cheese, or a mixture of both. Choose between a small for $45 or the Texas-sized large for $64.

Rao's Bakery & Coffee Cafe

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Get your King Cake straight from one of the Houston area’s most popular sources. Whether for pick-up or shipping, this Beaumont bakery offers a variety of King Cakes, including the cinnamon-laced and iced sorts topped with purple, gold, and green sprinkles, plus versions made with fruit and cream cheese fillings, and its fudgy Voodoo cake made with coconut. Each cake serves 20 people and costs between $28 and $35. If looking for a more personal size, add a mini cake in strawberry or cinnamon to your order for $10 more.

Maceo Spice & Import Company

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Head to Galveston, home to the country’s third largest Mardis Gras celebration, and score various seasonal treats from Rao’s Bakery, including mini King Cake strawberry and cinnamon cakes ($12); the fudgey coconut or orea cream cheese Voodoo cakes ($35), and the large sizes, topped with traditional cinnamon or cream cheese and cinnamon or fruit, like blueberry, raspberry, or strawberry ($33).

King Cake Lady

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Katy’s King Cake Lady delivers some of the best custom-made New Orleans-style Mardis Gras King Cakes in the area, with various fillings including apple cinnamon cream cheese, lemon cream cheese, almond brown sugar, and Nutella. Each cake serves eight to 12 people for $40, but you’ll have to catch her if you can. This season, she’ll only be selling at the Fulshear Farmers Market on Saturdays at 9035 Bois d’Arc Lane and FM 1093 in Fulshear.

PJ's Coffee

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Looking for a cake that’s straight from NOLA? This New Orleans-born chain’s Pearland location imports its Caluda cakes directly from the Big Easy. Enjoy a slice at the Spring Branch, Pearland, or Royal Sonesta -West Loop location, with some of its seasonal drinks, including like its King Cake lattes, King Cake cold brew espressos, or its King Cake Velvet Ice. Or, order a whole cake directly from PJ’s website for $55, which can be shipped directly to your door.

Creole Cajun restaurant Eunice celebrates Mardis Gras with homemade King Cakes for the first time, topped with sprinkles and cream cheese. The $45 pastries, which come with a metallic baby that customers can hide themselves, will be available from January 6 through February 12 and can be ordered 48 hours in advance with pickup held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A King Cake decorated with cream cheese and different colored sparkles sits next to a mask and a glass of champagne at Eunice.
Celebrate with King Cakes for the first time with Eunice.
Emma Umana

Josephine's Gulf Coast Tradition

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Channeling Louisiana, this buzzy Midtown restaurant is kicking off King Cake season on January 12, when local diners can score a King Cake that feeds four for $22 for dine-in or pick-up. Pastry chef Emily Rivas promises a fusion of flavors, with a strawberry jam and cream cheese filling, and of course, the traditional hidden baby. Be sure to order at least 48 hours ahead if planning to take your cake to-go.

A person holds a plate of King Cake in front of Josephine’s entrance.
King Cake season kicks off at Josephine’s with a sharable, festive cake available starting January 12.
Josephine’s

Montgomery Bakehouse

It’s already worth the trek to Conroe to visit this decades-old bakery slinging scratch-made cornbread, eclairs, and fruit-filled pies, but during Mardi Gras season, it’s all about the freshly baked king cakes. Find whole cakes topped with colored sugar, beads, and a plastic baby with a variety of fillings ranging from cinna-butter to pecan praline.

Memorial Bakery

Memorial Bakery celebrates Mardi Gras in grand fashion, with themed cupcakes, petit fours, cookies, and king cakes available for pre-order throughout the season. Score a plain, 9-inch round or 12-inch oval king cake starting at $18, or spring for more flavor with one filled with cream cheese or fruit starting at $28.

Red Dessert Dive

Year-round, this small-batch Heights bakery touts a cake for every occasion, and Mardi Gras is no exception. Decadent whole cakes, complete with the glittery icing and the plastic baby, are available first-come, first-serve, with individual slices available, too, for those who just want a taste.

Three Brothers Bakery

Mardi Gras season is in full swing at this iconic Houston bakery with items like fleur de lis-decorated and dipped cookies, themed petit fours, Mardis Gras cupcakes, and king cakes. Go traditional with a plain king cake for $20, or pay $10 more to get yours stuffed with cream cheese and praline, raspberry, or strawberry filling.

Étoile

In lieu of the familiar New Orleans-style king cakes, French chef Philippe Verpiand is making available handmade gallete de rois for pick-up at Etoile with 24-hour notice through January 31. The galette is a crown-shaped cake made of puff pastry and filled with a buttery, almond cream filling. Much plainer than New Orleans-style cakes, the galette lacks the colorful sugary topping most are used to. Cakes can feed up to eight people and cost $40 each.        

A plain galette de roise topped with a festive crown.
Etoile is offering a traditional galette de roise through the end of the month.
Philippe Verpiand

French Gourmet Bakery

This River Oaks bakery offers both galette de rois and New Orleans-style king cakes, properly adorned with colored beads, coins, and an ornamental baby. The 12-inch galettes, which are filled with almond cream, are available by special order on the weekends only, but the New Orleans-style varieties, including cinnamon, almond, and cream cheese, are available at the shop every weekend until Fat Tuesday. If you don’t want to commit to an entire cake, opt for a colorful king cake roll for $5.

Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe

This Upper Kirby dessert bar is a haven for all things sweet, fluffy, and moist — Mardi Gras king cakes included. Through February 15, whole cakes are available at the shop or online starting at $25 for the classic Cinnamon King Cake. Switch it up with the rich Praline Crunch King Cake for $27 or devour a personal-sized cake, like the mini cinnamon or mini Praline Crunch King Cakes for $9 each. If looking to add your own special touch to the holiday, opt for the King Cake decorating kit for $20, which comes with two mini cakes, frosting, colored sugars, strands of beads, and two babies to complete your Mardis Gras celebration.

A close up of Dessert Gallery’s Praline Crunch King cake dripping in icing and covered in beads, with a little plastic baby on top.
Try Dessert Gallery’s different styles of King Cakes this season.
Becca Wright

Moeller's Bakery

This good ol’ Bellaire bakery is a go-to for king cakes each year, offering them plain or filled with raspberry, cream cheese, or a mixture of both. Choose between a small for $45 or the Texas-sized large for $64.

Rao's Bakery & Coffee Cafe

Get your King Cake straight from one of the Houston area’s most popular sources. Whether for pick-up or shipping, this Beaumont bakery offers a variety of King Cakes, including the cinnamon-laced and iced sorts topped with purple, gold, and green sprinkles, plus versions made with fruit and cream cheese fillings, and its fudgy Voodoo cake made with coconut. Each cake serves 20 people and costs between $28 and $35. If looking for a more personal size, add a mini cake in strawberry or cinnamon to your order for $10 more.

Maceo Spice & Import Company

Head to Galveston, home to the country’s third largest Mardis Gras celebration, and score various seasonal treats from Rao’s Bakery, including mini King Cake strawberry and cinnamon cakes ($12); the fudgey coconut or orea cream cheese Voodoo cakes ($35), and the large sizes, topped with traditional cinnamon or cream cheese and cinnamon or fruit, like blueberry, raspberry, or strawberry ($33).

King Cake Lady

Katy’s King Cake Lady delivers some of the best custom-made New Orleans-style Mardis Gras King Cakes in the area, with various fillings including apple cinnamon cream cheese, lemon cream cheese, almond brown sugar, and Nutella. Each cake serves eight to 12 people for $40, but you’ll have to catch her if you can. This season, she’ll only be selling at the Fulshear Farmers Market on Saturdays at 9035 Bois d’Arc Lane and FM 1093 in Fulshear.

PJ's Coffee

Looking for a cake that’s straight from NOLA? This New Orleans-born chain’s Pearland location imports its Caluda cakes directly from the Big Easy. Enjoy a slice at the Spring Branch, Pearland, or Royal Sonesta -West Loop location, with some of its seasonal drinks, including like its King Cake lattes, King Cake cold brew espressos, or its King Cake Velvet Ice. Or, order a whole cake directly from PJ’s website for $55, which can be shipped directly to your door.

Eunice

Creole Cajun restaurant Eunice celebrates Mardis Gras with homemade King Cakes for the first time, topped with sprinkles and cream cheese. The $45 pastries, which come with a metallic baby that customers can hide themselves, will be available from January 6 through February 12 and can be ordered 48 hours in advance with pickup held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A King Cake decorated with cream cheese and different colored sparkles sits next to a mask and a glass of champagne at Eunice.
Celebrate with King Cakes for the first time with Eunice.
Emma Umana

Josephine's Gulf Coast Tradition

Channeling Louisiana, this buzzy Midtown restaurant is kicking off King Cake season on January 12, when local diners can score a King Cake that feeds four for $22 for dine-in or pick-up. Pastry chef Emily Rivas promises a fusion of flavors, with a strawberry jam and cream cheese filling, and of course, the traditional hidden baby. Be sure to order at least 48 hours ahead if planning to take your cake to-go.

A person holds a plate of King Cake in front of Josephine’s entrance.
King Cake season kicks off at Josephine’s with a sharable, festive cake available starting January 12.
Josephine’s

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