A Tasty Tradition

 

We have a saying on the Mississippi Gulf Coast around Mardi Gras time: “King Cake calories don’t count!” It’s just science, folks. Mardi Gras is a time to indulge, and a King Cake is the absolute best way to get into the spirit of the season.

 

If you’ve never heard of a King Cake, let us give you a little background. The French celebration of Mardi Gras made its way to the Gulf Coast way back in 1699 when French explorers landed along the banks of the Mississippi River. Since then, there have been old traditions celebrated and tons of new traditions added to the holiday each year.

 

The tastiest tradition was the King Cake, a pastry-like sweet cake shaped like an oval and topped with icing and sugar. Traditionally, the icing is three different colors; purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. The origin of these colors can be traced back to the night that Jesus Christ was born. The colors are in honor of the jewels worn on the crowns of the three wise men. The King Cake’s Christian ties also explains the tradition of putting small gifts in and around the cake, including a tiny plastic baby to represent Jesus himself.

 

The typical rule for eating King Cake is that if you find the plastic baby in your piece, you are tasked with providing the King Cake for the next Mardi Gras party. So, we put together a great list of some of the best places to get freshly baked King Cakes along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. And we’ve even included some fun takes on the tradition that put a little twist on the tasty Mardi Gras confection. So, get out there and have your King Cake and eat it too.

 

 

Time to get your King Cake on

 

We’ll begin our King Cake crawl at one of the most well-known spots for the delightful treat in South Mississippi:

 

PAULS PASTRY

Paul’s Pastry Shop

1 Sycamore Road, Suite A, Picayune, MS 39466

 

Now, we’ll move down to the beautiful city of Bay Saint Louis where a specialty bakery lives up to its name:

 

SERIOUS BREAD

Serious Bread

131 Main Street, Suite D, Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520

 

Next up is a baker in Gulfport who puts as much love in her King Cakes as she does her wedding cakes:

 

MELISSAS

Melissa’s Bakery

15335 Dedeaux Road, Suite 3, Gulfport, MS 39503

 

Let’s travel over to Biloxi, where one location has been baking for nearly 100 years, and others are starting new King Cake traditions.

 

ELECTRIK

Electrik Maid Bake Shop (began baking in 1924)

1833 Pass Road, Biloxi, MS 39531

               

LE BAKERY

Le Bakery

280 Oak Street, Biloxi, MS 39530

 

WHITE PILLARS

White Pillars

1696 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39531

 

It’s just a short drive over the bridge to the next stop in Ocean Springs:

 

APRON STRINGS

Apron Strings

434 Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

 

The beautiful city of Pascagoula is the closest in our state to the city that claims to have celebrated the first Mardi Gras; Mobile, AL. That means it’s got to have some tasty King Cakes, right?

 

CRAZY BS

Crazy B’s

1759 Market Street, Pascagoula, MS 39567

               

ANDERSONS

Anderson’s Bakery

2033 Market Street, Pascagoula, MS 39567

 

 

A short drive up to Dixie Depot will be worth it when you take a bite of their delicious King Cake and other treats.

 

DIXIE DEPOT

Dixie Depot

21000 MS-613, Moss Point, MS 39562

 

King Cakes that aren't King Cakes

 

Some of the tastiest King Cakes on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are actually twists on the traditional treat. Check out some of these delicious takes on the classic Mardi Gras delicacy that will give you your fill of carnival goodness.

 

 

Check out even more of the unique takes on the King Cake below and where to get them:

 

BEER

King Cake Beer

Chandeleur Brewing

2711 14th Street, Gulfport, MS 39501

 

BEIGNET

King Cake Beignet

Le Cafe Beignet

124 Lameuse Street, Biloxi, MS 39530

 

SAL MOOKIES

King Cake Shake

Sal & Mookie's

110 Lameuse St, Biloxi, MS 39530

 

 

JACKED UP

King Cake Monkey Bread and Mardi Gas Latte

Jacked Up Coffee

999 Howard Avenue, #2, Biloxi, MS 39530

 

GREENHOUSE

King Cake Biscuit

Greenhouse on Porter

404 Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

 

TATONUT

King Cake Donut

Tato-Nut Donut Shop

1114 Government Street, Ocean Springs, MS 39564