King cake is a Mardi Gras tradition. There are Louisiana versions, French versions, Spanish versions, and, thankfully for Gut Check, St. Louis versions, too. The classic Louisiana king cake is essentially a giant cinnamon roll bedazzled with purple, yellow and green sugar sprinkles and a baby figurine or trinket buried in the center of the cake.
Eager to find king cake in St. Louis, Gut Check called a handful of local bakeries to find the best Mardi Gras dessert deals in town.
Federhofer's Bakery (9005 Gravois Street, Concord; 314-832-5116) Federhofer's Bakery in south St. Louis county might be best known for its specialty German baked goods and custom-made cakes and dessert creations, but it's no slouch when it comes to special occasions. The king cake at Federhofer's Bakery runs for $10.99.
McArthur's Bakery (multiple locations) McArthur's Bakery has three locations in St. Louis: south county, Kirkwood and Chesterfield. Mardi Gras specials at McArthur's bakeries include king cake with a choice of fillings (strawberry and cheese, raspberry and cheese, caramel and cheese, brownie and plain), decorated cookies, Polish doughnuts, beignets, cupcakes, cake pops, petifours and more.
Lubeley's Bakery & Deli (7815 Watson Road; 314-961-7160) Lubeley's Bakery & Deli in south St. Louis county is offering a whole host of Mardi Gras specials including king cake, royal gooey butter cakes, all-butter "mask" cookies, paczkis (Polish doughnuts), Louisiana Cajun bread and muffaletta sandwiches in individual and large sizes. The bakery offers a coupon on its website to save 10 percent on king cake and other Mardi Gras orders.
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