If you’re worried you haven’t been eating enough king cake lately, New Orleans bakers are making it easier than ever. With new deliciousness and specialty options added each year, we are deep into the king-cake-for-breakfast season. And now, in 2022, there are truly king cake options for everyone, including those with food sensitivities, dietary preferences, and even still-intact New Year’s resolutions.
So here’s the dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free scoop on where to find a king cake that unchecks all your boxes.
(Of note: As much as we believe in love at first sight, please get to know more about your king cake before committing. Especially when food allergies are involved.)
Breads on Oak makes vegan king cakes in a variety of flavors. Choose from g-rated choices like cinnamon or cream cheese, or check out the “adult flavors” menu for options like Bailey’s & Cream. As is everything else for purchase, their king cakes are 100% vegan. (Visit Breads on Oak in the Riverbend or in their newer CBD location.)
Bywater Bakery boasts an extensive king cake menu, including one vegan option: Bywater Bourbon Cinnamon. This king cake is made with a sweet potato dough and a cinnamon bourbon filling. In New Orleans, we may be ready to cut back on our animal products, but don’t touch our booze. (Visit Bywater Bakery in the… yep, you guessed it.)
Vegan and Gluten-Free
Creme Confectionary offers a king cake that’s vegan and gluten-free, in addition to being nut-free and oat-free. (A corn-free option is also available, upon special request.) Hurry, because these king cakes can be hard to come by, as they sell out quickly online. (Find them in-person at the Lafreniere Park Farmer’s Market, Haydel’s Bakeshop on Magazine Street, and Grounded Coffee on Jefferson Highway.)
Van Friendly specializes in allergy-friendly options, including both king cake and king-cake adjacent creations (think: king cake twists and king cake donuts). All products leave out the “top 9 allergens” and the icing on top includes naturally-colored, homemade sanding sugars. (Van Friendly has two pick-up locations on the Northshore: Green Fork in Covington and The Juicery in Abita Springs.)
Modern Vegan Mom prepares scrumptious vegan food on a rotating menu each week. Throughout this year’s Mardi Gras season the menu features king cake bites: a healthy spin on energy bites made from simple and clean ingredients. The king cake variety pairs vegan vanilla protein powder with cinnamon and maple syrup and is topped with a drizzle of organic sugar glaze. (Order by Sundays for Tuesday delivery or Wednesday pick-up.)
The NOCCA Marketplace is selling three types of king cake this year, including a gluten-free, dairy-free option (not vegan, it does have eggs). This king cake is a bit different than what you may have in mind, as it is not iced and has a different texture than your usual brioche pastry. But, if you’re looking for gluten-free it won’t disappoint. Bonus points for edible glitter and for supporting NOCCA’s culinary arts program. (Pick up advance orders at Press Street Station in the Bywater.)
Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free
Everyday Keto to Go offers king cakes in multiple flavors and sizes, all of which are gluten-free and sugar-free. Their website lists ingredients and nutritional info for all of their sweet, yet sans-sugar, items. You’ll find creative flavor options like Coffee & Cream and Give Me Samoa. (Visit Everyday Keto to Go in Old Metairie.)