One of the bakeries in the running for creating the best King Cake in New Orleans, at least among the devotees of this iconic Mardi Gras staple, Haydel’s Bakery is as much an institution as the regal cakes it bakes. Although the jury’s still out with regards to that particular “King Cake Crown”, one thing’s for sure, the 2010 Guinness World Record for World’s Largest King Cake proves that Haydel’s Bakery certainly takes the cake when it comes to the biggest.
Aside from the delicious, award-winning King Cakes, Haydel’s Bakery specialises in all things sweet. On any given day, visitors to the Jefferson-based store can treat themselves to anything and everything from light-as-air cream puffs and rich German chocolate cake to sugar cookies, croissants, and red velvet cupcakes. There are seasonal goodies, to boot, which many locals anticipate with devoted fervour every year. The Cajun Kringle is one such sweet. Although you can find it year-round, there’s something special about tucking into the flaky, buttery pastry filled with a pecan praline and topped with caramel icing during the holidays. Especially if you can get someone to regale you with the Cajun Kringle tale of Alphonse, the gator and the bayou while you munch.