Mardi Gras season 2017 is nearly upon us.
And just as surely as this means music and parades and creative costumes in New Orleans, it also means king cake. The simple cake, generally made of sweet brioche dough shaped into a circle and topped with colorful green, yellow and purple icing, is a festival staple. And while D.C. is a long way from The Big Easy in virtually every sense, there's plenty of king cake to be had right here in the area.
This year New Orleans native David Guas is again making traditional cakes at Bayou Bakery, and he's also hosting a seasonal pop-up at Union Market. Over in Arlington, Heidelberg Bakery is at the ready to fill all those king cake cravings.
Just remember to be on the lookout for that baby come Shrove Tuesday (Feb. 28).
Here are a handful of places catering to king cake lovers in the D.C.-Metro area.Read More