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Where to Find the Best King Cakes in Houston

Mardi Gras season may look a little different this year, but king cakes still reign supreme

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With social distancing and crowd restrictions continuing into 2021, Mardi Gras celebrations may look different this year, but that is no excuse to skip out (safely) on letting the good times roll at home with a festive king cake.

Even though the most iconic king cakes hail from New Orleans, Houston bakeries have proven that they’re able to recreate the classic cake. Showered in sticky icing and decorated with green, gold, and purple sprinkles, these 9 king cakes are perfect for any Fat Tuesday celebration.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Red Dessert Dive

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1045 Studewood St
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 649-2977
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With celebrations scaling way back, there is no need to commit to an entire king cake for a mini gathering — Red Dessert Dive is offering 7” mini cakes in traditional cinnamon with cream cheese for up to six people, available to pre-order for $17.50. Party of one? Drop in on Thursday or Friday and score king cake by the slice for just $4. Visit reddessertdive.com to order.

2. Memorial Bakery

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9415 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 467-7679
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Memorial Bakery is taking pre-orders for its traditional quarter sheet-sized, oval-shaped cinnamon king cake priced at $25.95, but is also offering a smaller 8” round for $17.95, citing smaller celebrations this year as the reason for the daintier dessert. Call 713-467-7679 to pre-order.

3. Brennan's of Houston

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3300 Smith St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-9711
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As the sister restaurant to Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, a meal at Brennan’s on any given day can feel like an escape to lively Louisiana. And this carnival season, the restaurant is helping to bring the comfort of celebrating with king cake into your home by offering cakes available to pre-order for $24 each with one-day advance notice. Visit bbot.menu/brennansmarket/ to pre-order.

4. Common Bond Bistro & Bakery - Montrose

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1706 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-3535
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Vibrant and festive Louisiana-style king cakes adorned with Mardi Gras beads and a small plastic baby are available for pre-order in two flavors at Common Bond Café. Traditional cinnamon is $26 while raspberry with cream cheese is $28, but score both at a discount for a cool $50. Visit www.commonbondcafe.com/store/category/king-cakes/ to pre-order.

5. Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe

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3600 Kirby Dr # D
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 522-9999
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Year-round, Dessert Gallery is a one-stop shop for special occasions big and small, and Mardi Gras is no exception. In addition to themed chocolate covered pretzels, petit fours and butter cookies decorated by hand in hues of purple, green and yellow, the bake shop is offering 10” made-from-scratch king cakes for pre-order for $39.95. Choose from a variety of flavors including cinnamon sugar, dulce de leche, Nutella, strawberry cream cheese and blueberry cream cheese. Visit dessertgallery.com to order.

6. Michael's Cookie Jar

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5330 Weslayan St
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 771-8603
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As a recent addition to the cookie-heavy menu at Michael’s Cookie Jar, king cakes are available to pre-order for delivery and in-store pick-up. And as expected, they are made with a twist, filled with cream cheese, cookie butter and cinnamon. Visit michaelscookiejar.com to order.

7. Moeller's Bakery

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4201 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77025
(713) 667-0983
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This decades-old Houston institution makes available two sizes of king cake each year, 10” and 12” rounds available for purchase in the bakery, with the option of cinnamon, cream cheese-filled or raspberry and cream cheese-filled. Spirited additions like beads, masks and a tiny plastic baby to insert from an opening at the bottom of the cake are offered on the side to decorate as you please.

8. Three Brothers Bakery

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4036 S Braeswood Blvd
Houston, TX 77025
(713) 666-2253
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Go big with one of Three Brother’s Bakery’s classic $20 Louisiana-style king cakes covered in royal icing and finished off with signature purple, yellow and green sanding sugar and a plastic baby — a dessert large enough for eight or more. Stick with traditional cinnamon or amp it up with cream cheese and strawberry, blueberry or raspberry filling for $10 more. Visit 3brothersbakery.com to order.

9. Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House

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113 6th St
San Leon, TX 77539
(281) 339-1515
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Destination restaurant Pier 6 Seafood will make available a limited number of house-made king cakes for guests and residents of San Leon. Pre-orders may be placed through February 10 for pick up between February 12-16. Insider tip: For visitors of the restaurant, Pier 6 will also incorporate king cake into a special bread pudding, available only during Fat Tuesday celebrations on February 16! Call 281-339-1515 to place pre-orders.

1. Red Dessert Dive

1045 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008

With celebrations scaling way back, there is no need to commit to an entire king cake for a mini gathering — Red Dessert Dive is offering 7” mini cakes in traditional cinnamon with cream cheese for up to six people, available to pre-order for $17.50. Party of one? Drop in on Thursday or Friday and score king cake by the slice for just $4. Visit reddessertdive.com to order.

1045 Studewood St
Houston, TX 77008

2. Memorial Bakery

9415 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

Memorial Bakery is taking pre-orders for its traditional quarter sheet-sized, oval-shaped cinnamon king cake priced at $25.95, but is also offering a smaller 8” round for $17.95, citing smaller celebrations this year as the reason for the daintier dessert. Call 713-467-7679 to pre-order.

9415 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77024

3. Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006

As the sister restaurant to Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, a meal at Brennan’s on any given day can feel like an escape to lively Louisiana. And this carnival season, the restaurant is helping to bring the comfort of celebrating with king cake into your home by offering cakes available to pre-order for $24 each with one-day advance notice. Visit bbot.menu/brennansmarket/ to pre-order.

3300 Smith St
Houston, TX 77006

4. Common Bond Bistro & Bakery - Montrose

1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Vibrant and festive Louisiana-style king cakes adorned with Mardi Gras beads and a small plastic baby are available for pre-order in two flavors at Common Bond Café. Traditional cinnamon is $26 while raspberry with cream cheese is $28, but score both at a discount for a cool $50. Visit www.commonbondcafe.com/store/category/king-cakes/ to pre-order.

1706 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

5. Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe

3600 Kirby Dr # D, Houston, TX 77098

Year-round, Dessert Gallery is a one-stop shop for special occasions big and small, and Mardi Gras is no exception. In addition to themed chocolate covered pretzels, petit fours and butter cookies decorated by hand in hues of purple, green and yellow, the bake shop is offering 10” made-from-scratch king cakes for pre-order for $39.95. Choose from a variety of flavors including cinnamon sugar, dulce de leche, Nutella, strawberry cream cheese and blueberry cream cheese. Visit dessertgallery.com to order.

3600 Kirby Dr # D
Houston, TX 77098

6. Michael's Cookie Jar

5330 Weslayan St, Houston, TX 77005

As a recent addition to the cookie-heavy menu at Michael’s Cookie Jar, king cakes are available to pre-order for delivery and in-store pick-up. And as expected, they are made with a twist, filled with cream cheese, cookie butter and cinnamon. Visit michaelscookiejar.com to order.

5330 Weslayan St
Houston, TX 77005

7. Moeller's Bakery

4201 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

This decades-old Houston institution makes available two sizes of king cake each year, 10” and 12” rounds available for purchase in the bakery, with the option of cinnamon, cream cheese-filled or raspberry and cream cheese-filled. Spirited additions like beads, masks and a tiny plastic baby to insert from an opening at the bottom of the cake are offered on the side to decorate as you please.

4201 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77025

8. Three Brothers Bakery

4036 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

Go big with one of Three Brother’s Bakery’s classic $20 Louisiana-style king cakes covered in royal icing and finished off with signature purple, yellow and green sanding sugar and a plastic baby — a dessert large enough for eight or more. Stick with traditional cinnamon or amp it up with cream cheese and strawberry, blueberry or raspberry filling for $10 more. Visit 3brothersbakery.com to order.

4036 S Braeswood Blvd
Houston, TX 77025

9. Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House

113 6th St, San Leon, TX 77539

Destination restaurant Pier 6 Seafood will make available a limited number of house-made king cakes for guests and residents of San Leon. Pre-orders may be placed through February 10 for pick up between February 12-16. Insider tip: For visitors of the restaurant, Pier 6 will also incorporate king cake into a special bread pudding, available only during Fat Tuesday celebrations on February 16! Call 281-339-1515 to place pre-orders.

113 6th St
San Leon, TX 77539

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