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Randazzo's King Cake
Indulge in the Customary
Carnival Treat

King Cakes

The sweetest symbol of Mardi Gras lands on tables everywhere across Louisiana during Carnival. The celebrations kick off with the seductive cinnamon-y aroma of fresh-baked King Cakes that fill the air of bakeries, groceries, and gatherings. Decorated with homemade icing and sprinkled with the colors of Mardi Gras, the King Cake is a tradition you must indulge in. 

What is it?

A King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy, a cross between a coffee cake and a French pastry that is as rich in history as it is in flavor. The King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870. It's decorated in royal colors of purple signifying "Justice," green for "Faith," and gold for "Power." These colors were chosen to resemble a jeweled crown honoring the Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany. In the past, such things as coins, beans, pecans, or peas were also hidden in each King Cake.

Why is there a plastic baby inside?

King Cakes have become part of the celebration to symbolize the “finding of baby Jesus,” placing the hidden, tiny porcelain then-plastic today, the baby is now the common prize. At a party, the King Cake is sliced and served as each person looks to see if their piece contains the "baby." If so, then they are named "King" for a day and bound by custom to host the next party and provide the King Cake.

Where can I taste one?

From bakeries to restaurants and grocery stores, King Cakes of all flavors, fillings, and sizes can be tasted all across Louisiana. Over the decades, praline icing, fruit, and cream cheese fillings have become variations of the sweet tradition. If a cake isn't your thing, don't fret because you can get King Cake-flavored snoballs, Abita Beer, martinis, and cookies, all topped with purple, green, and gold sugar. If you can't make it to the Northshore for the sweet treat, our local bakery Randazzo's Camellia City Bakery will deliver them right to your door.

Bake Yourself a Cake with LOLA’s
Ooey Gooey King Cake Recipe 


Chef Nealy Frentz, LOLA Restaurant 

Ooey Gooey King Cake Ingredients: 

1 18.25-ounce box yellow cake mix

1 large egg

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 stick salted butter, melted

Ooey Gooey Filling (recipe follows)
Icing (recipe follows)
A plastic King Cake baby
Assorted sugar or sprinkles in Mardi Gras colors: purple, green, and gold

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 inch round pan.
Blend the cake mix, egg, cinnamon and butter in a mixing bowl. Press the crumbly mixture on
the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Spread the Ooey Gooey Filling over the crumb mixture
in the pan. Bake until golden brown and firm, about forty-five minutes to one hour.
Cool for thirty minutes. Insert plastic baby into the cake by pressing it in firmly from the top. Ice and decorate with sprinkles.

*Tradition calls for inserting the baby into the cake, and whoever receives the piece with the baby inside brings the cake to the next get together. Alternately you can place it on top for decoration.*

Serves 8.


Lola's Ooey Gooey King Cake is topped with green, purple, and yellow sprinkles.Ooey Gooey Filling Ingredients: 

Makes about 2 cups

1 stick salted butter, melted

8 ounces softened cream cheese

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 Tbsp. bourbon

1 1-pound box confectioners’ sugar

Combine butter, cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon and sugar in a mixing bowl and
beat with an electric mixer until smooth.


1.5 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 Tbsp. bourbon

Combine sugar, vanilla, bourbon in a mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer until smooth. Add water, a teaspoon at a time, until the icing gets to the desired consistency.