This Mardi Gras season, don't forget to order the King cake. It's a tradition too sweet to miss, and St. Louis-area bakeries are serving up tons of delicious options.
McArthur's Bakery bakes sweet dough cakes plain or filled with chocolate, strawberries or raspberries and cream cheese. Try the coffee cake dough glazed with sweet icings from Lubeley's or the butter dough with cinnamon and sugar from Federhofer's.
Two newer bakeries bring something a little different to the table. At Hampton Bakery, you'll find the traditional brioche dough with cinnamon and sugar, glazed icing and colored sugars on top. They offer small cakes for six and sheet cakes for 60 with several steps in between.
For a French version of the cake, check out 4 Seasons Bakery's galette des rois, the "tart of the king." Frangipane almond cream sandwiched between two layers of puff pastry, scored in a swirling design that bakes to a beautiful browness.
The bakers hide a whole almond in the cake. If you get the almond, or the baby tucked in these king cakes, you'll host the party next year.
McArthur's Bakery, multiple locations, mcarthurs.com
Federhofer's Bakery, 9005 Gravois Road, 314.832.5116, federhofersbakery.com
Lubeley's Bakery, 7815 Watson Road, 314.961.7160, lubeleysbakery.com
Hampton Bakery, 5815 Hampton Ave., 314.352.8885, hamptonbakery.org
4 Seasons Bakery, 2012 Campus Dr., St Charles, 314.288.9176, 4seasonsbakery.com