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Eater's Last-Minute King Cake Guide

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There's no guarantee of being the lucky person who gets the king cake slice with the plastic baby hidden inside. But to get that slice, one has to score a king cake first — and it's getting down to the wire because Fat Tuesday is tomorrow. Here are some bakeries and restaurants around D.C. that are offering king cakes, including two unique variations: a vegan king cake and king cake-themed donuts.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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Through tomorrow, Pearl Dive pastry chef Carri-anne Hamer will serve plated King Cakes in the dining room. The individually-sized bundt cakes are $8 and one cake every day will have a baby hidden inside, which will be redeemable for a $25 Pearl Dive gift certificate.

Buzz Bakery

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Tomorrow, on Fat Tuesday, pick up special kings cake doughnuts with cinnamon glaze and Mardi Gras sugar at all three locations of Buzz Bakery and GBD too.

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

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King cakes are available at Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe in Arlington through Mardi Gras.

Sticky Fingers Bakery

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Pre-orders are currently available for king cake at Sticky Fingers. The cakes will be ready on February 17 and 18.

Bayou Bakery

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It's too late to order a king cake from Bayou Bakery, but try your luck and call this afternoon and evening to see if anyone canceled or isn't picking up their order. Bayou Bakery's king cake made it to the championship round of Southern Living's Ultimate King Cake Faceoff.

Best Buns Bread Company

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Best Buns Bread Company will have king cake available today and tomorrow. It is $14.75 before tax.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Through tomorrow, Pearl Dive pastry chef Carri-anne Hamer will serve plated King Cakes in the dining room. The individually-sized bundt cakes are $8 and one cake every day will have a baby hidden inside, which will be redeemable for a $25 Pearl Dive gift certificate.

Buzz Bakery

Tomorrow, on Fat Tuesday, pick up special kings cake doughnuts with cinnamon glaze and Mardi Gras sugar at all three locations of Buzz Bakery and GBD too.

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

King cakes are available at Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe in Arlington through Mardi Gras.

Sticky Fingers Bakery

Pre-orders are currently available for king cake at Sticky Fingers. The cakes will be ready on February 17 and 18.

Bayou Bakery

It's too late to order a king cake from Bayou Bakery, but try your luck and call this afternoon and evening to see if anyone canceled or isn't picking up their order. Bayou Bakery's king cake made it to the championship round of Southern Living's Ultimate King Cake Faceoff.

Best Buns Bread Company

Best Buns Bread Company will have king cake available today and tomorrow. It is $14.75 before tax.

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