Since the end of the 12 days of Christmas (which is an actual period of time between Christmas Day and the day before the Epiphany, not just the name of a song) and up until Mardi Gras, it's been Carnivale season for those down south. And Carnivale means king cakes.
These traditionally round cakes are available around town now through Mardi Gras, which falls this year on Tuesday, February 17. But if you want in on the baby-searching action, you'd better act fast and get your order in ASAP.
See also: How to Make a King Cake for Mardi Gras
Flavors of Louisiana
This Avondale restaurant is taking orders for cakes now through Mardi Gras Day on February 17. Filling choices include original cinnamon and sugar, cream cheese, strawberry and cream, lemon cream, and praline cream and cakes will be 12-inch rounds. Each cake costs $25. To order call Flavors of Louisiana at 623-935-2357.
French Grocery in Phoenix has miniature 6-inch plain king cakes available for pick up every day until Mardi Gras, but if you're looking for something bigger or fancier you can call ahead and order. With four days of notice the bakery can make king cakes in a variety of flavors such as cinnamon and sugar or sweet cream ($22) or chocolate, pear almond, sweet cream and praline bacon ($24). To order call 602-277-0101.
With a couple days advance notice, Barb's Bakery in Phoenix can bake a king cake for your celebration. The bakery has two sizes of cakes available -- a Regular size that feeds about 12 people for $27.95, or a Royale size that feed about 20 people for $45.95.
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Bonus: Southern Rail
Though Southern Rail isn't taking orders for king cakes, chef Justin Beckett's Phoenix restaurant will be serving every customer a personal king cake on Mardi Gras.