Where to find a Kings Cake in Pittsburgh

Where to find a Kings Cake in Pittsburgh

Mardi Gras is a celebration that offers something for everyone. Whether you like to drink too much, host a po’boy or try new sweet treats, Mardi Gras is the perfect opportunity for a little indulgence.

While paczki have traditionally ruled the roost in Pittsburgh-area Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans loves to celebrate with the delicious kings cake. Most traditional king cakes have three things in common: cinnamon topping, colorful frosting, and a baby hidden inside. That’s right, there’s a little plastic baby hidden in the cake! Whoever finds the baby in its slice is on the hook for the next king cake purchase.

King cakes vary by bakery. Sometimes the cinnamon filling is replaced with cream cheese, praline or berry jam; some bakeries make their king cakes with vermicelli or more elaborate icings. Although king cakes are almost always formed in a circle, some bakeries braid or twist theirs for more detail.

For yinzers hungry for a taste of the Big Easy, Very Local has gone in search of the best king cakes in Greater Pittsburgh. We ended up trying royal cakes from three different local bakeries so you and your family can find the best king cake for your festivities. Each was tasty in a different way. Get your pearls and read on for our findings!

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Oakmont Bakery

The mecca of local pastries Oakmont Bakery offers old-fashioned cinnamon king galettes, cream cheese, praline and raspberry, as well as mini cinnamon king galettes and other Mardi Gras treats. For a very limited few days, you can also order savory king cake for a more umami Fat Tuesday.

King cakes are usually presented in festive boxes which often explain some of the Mardi Gras traditions associated with the dessert. The name of the cake itself is derived from the Magi or the Three Kings of Christmas fame. A “message from the three kings” further details this religious connection.

The Oakmont Bakery royal cake itself was smothered in a festive cream cheese dressing. The cake was moist and dense, with a nice cinnamon swirl running through it. To avoid a bad surprise, the plastic baby is left out for you to put in the cake yourself.

Some slices were thicker than others, but every bite was rich and rewarding. If you’re less of a foodie than us, you might find the frosting a bit heavy – although delicious, it was very thick. It could be a lagniappeas the Cajuns say, but it might be a bit overwhelming if you only enjoy a small slice for breakfast.

Overall, Oakmont Bakery made an impression with a festive, traditional style and lovely bites of sweet pastry and cinnamon. This was a great royal cake for anyone looking for a straight New Orleans treat smothered in sweet goodness. We reward Oakmont Bakery the most traditional king cake for ticking all the boxes.