There’s no shortage of opinions when it comes to answering the question, “Who has the best king cake in Lafayette?”
And we are certainly not going to attempt to choose a winner. But here is a list (in no particular order) of the most popular places to get king cakes in Lafayette. We will suggest you do a king cake crawl and sample as many different cakes as possible so you can decide for yourself which is the best.
Gambino’s Bakery. Gambino’s makes a traditional king cake that you can fill with very untraditional flavors, such as wedding cake and brownie. This popular New Orleans bakery has become known worldwide for their king cakes, and their Lafayette location doesn’t disappoint.
Meche’s Donut King. Meche’s puts their own spin on the traditional king cake dough by frying donut dough. These donut king cakes have become a beloved choice of locals who enjoy eating a giant filled cinnamon donut.
Keller’s Bakery. Lafayette staple Keller’s Bakery is known for making simple yet delicious king cakes that are baked from Danish pastry dough and bypass the excess of sugar toppings for simple sprinkles.
Cajun Market Donut Company. It’s not just another donut king cake. While you can get yours with traditional filling, you would be remiss not to try the turtle topping, which includes chocolate, caramel and pecans.
Poupart’s Bakery. At Poupart’s, you can choose between two traditional king cake options. There is the French king cake, which is a round puff pastry filled with almond marzipan. Or, there is the brioche king cake that most people are familiar with, which can be filled with any number of fillings, including red velvet.
Crystal Weddings. Though not located in Lafayette, this cake shop’s king cakes are available in stores in Lafayette, including Little Veron’s and Joey’s. Even better, you can get one delivered to your door via the Waitr app.
Twin’s Burgers and Sweets. Have you ever had a boudin king cake? If not, Twin’s is the place to get this unique and original spin on a traditional sweet king cake. Or how about the Elvis king cake, which has peanut butter banana and bacon? If you are more adventurous, this place may be your new go to.
La Fille Son Chien Le Pain. Get to the Lafayette Farmers Market early so you can score one of these king cakes. Baked locally in small batches, these king cakes often require an advanced order to acquire. But they are worth the extra effort.
Mortar & Pestle. King cakes are not suitable for every dietary need. If you require something a little less sweet, turn to Mortar & Pestle, a gluten-free, diabetic-friendly restaurant that bakes delicious king cakes that you can actually consume.
Our only disclaimer for this list is that we realize it is going to leave off some places that make excellent king cakes. In the interest of space, we could not list them all. But at least this gives you a taste of a variety of different options in Lafayette. Enjoy!