Mardi Gras is all about celebrating excess. This can take on many forms: gorging ourselves on fattening food, enjoying an adult beverage or two, making spectacles of ourselves to get strings of plastic beads, etc. At Nomsola, we’re all about the food and drink. One Mardi Gras speciality has recently bridged the gap between the two allowing us to enjoy excess in a plethora of ways. If you’re crazy about king cake, get ready to fall in love with it again and again.
Fried King Cake | The Duke
The Duke in Houma is known for two things: great burgers and frying desserts. You can even bring in your own treats and have the kitchen fry them up. During Mardi Gras, keep the Little Debbies at home because nothing will top the Duke’s fried king cake. You might expect the deep fryer to turn a beautiful king cake into a greasy mess, but the result is somehow even better than what they started with. A flaky golden coat of batter topped with that signature purple, yellow, and green icing hides a perfectly moist cinnamon center. I never want to go back to regular king cake.
King Cake Latte & Cupcake | The Weeping Willow Cafe
Every somewhat local cafe offers a king cake coffee this time of year. Some simply sprinkle a little cinnamon and call it a day, but the Weeping Willow in Thibodaux offers a better take along with a tasty snack. Beyond dried cinnamon, I assume the Willow uses a cinnamon syrup to give their creamy latte a deeper king cake flavor. If you’re familiar with the cafe’s cupcakes, you’ll know their king cake cupcakes are topped with a rich icing, featuring the classic Mardi Gras sprinkles, atop a perfectly light cinnamon cake. These two are a perfect seasonal afternoon snack.
King Cake Cheesecake | Copeland’s
Copeland’s perfectly fuses the Mardi Gras tradition with its own penchant for cheesecakes. The king cake icing you love tops a creamy cinnamon cheesecake. A plastic baby is nestled upon a puff of light whipped cream, almost as if he’s riding a delicious float. Try not to eat the plastic as you wholf down this tasty treat.
King Cake Cheesecake Ice Cream | The Scarlet Scoop
Speaking of king cake cheese cake, the only thing better than a slice is chunks of both in a generous scoop of homemade ice cream. The Scarlet Scoop offers plain and praline king cake flavors as well, but cheesecake is the way to go. Each bite is full of the crispy sprinkles and actual bits of king cake and cheesecake. It’s worth grabbing a scoop even if it’s cold outside.
King Cake Beignets | Spahr’s Seafood
Nothing beats a plate of hot beignets, but cinnamon icing just might be a better topping than powdered sugar. These puppies come four to an order. The staff at Spahr’s recommends a pint of local Mudbug Brewery’s Cafe au Lait Stout to accompany the beignets for a decadent dessert. Don’t let the dark color fool you. The stout is light with a subtle coffee flavor.
King Cake Ale | Mudbug Brewery
Thibodaux’s very own brewery opened at the perfect time. It’s flagship beer, King Cake Ale, is finding its way into bars and restaurants throughout the area. It has a light cinnamon flavor that isn’t too sweet, just right. The body has nice creamy, bread-y quality to it, making it more than a seasonal gimmick. If you visit the brewery’s tap room on the weekend, you can enjoy a pint with a cinnamon sugar rim or the occasional firkin of fruit-infusion like blueberry or peach. Mudbug’s beers are all very approachable, so celebrate the season and drink local!