Featured photo: Sopan Tike, affable co-owner of Lilah’s Bakery in Shreveport, poses with a mint cream and chocolate chip-filled king cake.
There are lots of great places to get king cakes in Shreveport and Bossier City, ranging from established, popular spots like Tubbs Hardware, Julie Anne’s Bakery and Café and Lilah’s Bakery to up-and-coming king cake purveyors like The Wooden Spoon, Cindy Gleason Johnson’s Southern Faire and Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats locations in Shreveport and Bossier City. The flavors of king cake are also being worked into non-cake creations by chefs, bartenders and baristas throughout the city. There are king cake scones at Rhino Coffee Downtown and Bavarian cream-filled king cake cupcakes at Buttercups Cupcakes, king cake martinis at 2Johns Steak and Seafood and more. There’s even a “king cake” made out of two dozen street tacos at El Bazar Mexicano #2, which is probably the wildest Mardi Gras-inspired food product that we’ve seen so far in 2017.
“I’d seen a heart made out of tacos for Valentine’s Day on Facebook, so I figured, ‘let’s do a Mardi Gras taco king cake,'” says Kathy Rico, co-owner of El Bazar Mexicano #2. “We’re giving it away on Facebook, just out of gratitude for our customers. I thought that would be a nice thing to do.”
You can enter to win the incredibly-fun-to-type-or-say-out-loud “Mardi Gras taco king cake” in a like, comment, share contest currently underway on the taqueria’s Facebook page. The drawing will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.
As far as actual cakes go, Lilah’s Bakery has decided to double down on unusual cakes in 2017. The bakery recently announced that, in addition to their regular flavor offerings, they’ll be producing a limited edition “flavor of the week” cake each week between now and Fat Tuesday. If you’re curious to know what flavors like piña colada, red velvet, bananas Foster and peaches n’ cream would taste like interpreted as a king cake, you can find out this Mardi Gras season. Any flavor of the week cake can be ordered at any time, but will only be available for pick up during its designated week. See the full list on Facebook.
“My wife thought that we should do something different this year,” says Sopan Tike, co-owner of Lilah’s Bakery. “She likes to make something different, all of the time.” The Tike’s five-year-old son even got in on the action, helping concoct the final flavor of the week offering, lemon berry n’ cream.
Have you spotted an unusual Mardi Gras-inspired food or drink creation? If so, let us know in the comments so that we can check it out.
If you love Mardi Gras, consider entering to win a ride in the Krewe of Highland Parade and more in this Mardi Gras Giveaway sponsored by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.
You can also download The Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier, a free annual guide to Carnival season in Shreveport-Bossier.