Want to celebrate Mardi Gras right? Here’s where you can get your king cake

By February 28, 2019 No Comments

By Bethany Ruhe
Pittsburgh Current Associate Publisher

Next Tuesday marks the beginning of Mardi Gras, a celebration traditionally associated with New Orleans. As a former resident of Mobile, AL, I can tell you that the modern-day Mardi Gras that is celebrated today began in Mobile, Alabama. Joe Cain is the fella credited with starting this whole parade rolling, and Joe Cain Day is still proudly celebrated in the streets of Alabama.

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the last night before the Christian Lenten season, meaning it’s the last night to stuff your face with food and drink before you have to fast or give up some sort of bad habit.

Pittsburgh might be far removed from both New Orleans and Mobile, but we still embrace Mardi Gras. While Mardi Gras typically conjures up images of parades, revelery, beads and other things that start with ‘B,’ perhaps one of the most enduring symbols of the season is the king cake.

The king cake is a yeasty, icing-coated, caked in glitter circular pastry, usually baked with a tiny baby inside. Don’t worry, it’s not a real baby. And legend has it, if you get the piece of cake with said baby, you have to provide the cake for next year’s festivities.

Looking for the perfect king cake for your Mardi Gras party? While time is running short, you may have luck with:


Photo via @prantlsbakery on Instagram

Prantl’s king cake is $16.49 and comes in cinnamon, nut or strawberry cream cheese.

Priory Fine Pastries

Photo via @priory_fine_pastries on Instagram

Priory Fine Pastries has praline-pecan, cinnamon or raspberry cream cheese king cakes for $14.25 each.

Oakmont Bakery

Photo via @oakmontbakery on Instagram

Oakmont Bakery’s king cakes are $14.50 and come in cream cheese, raspberry or cinnamon. And new this year, they’re offering mini cinnamon king cakes for $3.00.

If you missed your chance to celebrate Mardi Gras by putting yourself into sugar shock, you can always celebrate Pittsburgh-style, and check out some of the great events happening this month during Northside Mardi Gras. And as they say in New Orleans, laissez les bons temps rouler!

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