Pete’s King Cake Rant (soon to be followed by informative post)

Although she didn’t mention it in her post, Nola challenged me via the Twitter to a king cake post-off. I’m not going abdicate to her detailed post just yet, but will spill one dirty little secret: I’m not all that about king cakes. They just don’t do it for me; it’s probably that I don’t have that big of a sweet tooth.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t ever recall turning down a piece of king cake. It’s just hard to find a perfect one for me. A fine balancing act has to be maintained between dryness and icing; and then there’s the question of fillings. I really don’t mind fillings in a king cake, they do a lot to counteract an otherwise dry dough. But the problem is that I find fillings to be too…filling.

So a perfect king cake for me would be one with a lot of flavor, very moist, icing not too thick, and especially not too thick a coating of the colored sugar. That can be kind of gritty.

So, traditional, non-filled king cakes I’ve really liked include Haydels, Randazzo’s and also a place on the Northshore called Nonna’s. I can’t say which filled ones I really like because the filling kind of takes over, I’m usually glad when eating it that the cake is not dry.

One Response to Pete’s King Cake Rant (soon to be followed by informative post)

  1. Nola on January 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, either. But it’s king cake, man! Are you mad??

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