Ask anyone in New Orleans and they’ll tell you: It’s not a Mardi Gras party until someone finds the toy baby in the king cake. But long before that, someone has to provide the king cake. That’s where Caluda King Cakes comes in.
Located in New Orleans, our newest bakery partner has been an integral part of Mardi Gras gatherings and festivities since 2008. Run by owner and CIA grad John Caluda, whose baked and shipped King Cakes since 1990 from his Coffee Cottage bakery in nearby Metarie, the shop is Louisiana’s go-to source for the colorful, oval-shaped traditional treat.
So what’s the deal with the toy baby? The cakes are baked in honor of the three kings and decorated in traditional colors of purple (representing justice), green (faith) and gold (power). The requisite small toy baby that’s hidden in each cake symbolizes the Baby Jesus–and inspires all who partake to excitedly seek it in their slice. Finding it in your piece is an honor, and, as as custom holds, if you get the baby, you’ll be rewarded with good luck—and be required bring the king cake to the next gathering.
Good thing you now know where to get one!