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Where to Buy King Cakes for Mardi Gras in DFW

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Mardi Gras is just around the corner so you better pick up a King Cake soon so you can celebrate. Mardi Gras in 2014 falls on Tuesday, March 4. “Fat Tuesday” is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Most King Cakes come with the plastic baby you can hide yourself. You don't have to be from Louisiana to enjoy this fun tradition. There are plenty of places in DFW where you can buy a delicious King Cake and celebrate like you're on Bourbon Street. Kick it up a notch y'all.

Warning: If you're planning to pick up a King Cake from a specialty bakery in the Metroplex, it's a good idea to call ahead and reserve one -- especially if you're looking for one close to Fat Tuesday. Most bakeries say they do a lot of business on these peak days so place an order so you can celebrate in style!

History of the King Cake

For information on the history of the King Cake.

If you'd like to be adventurous and bake your own, here's a recipe for King Cake.

Blue Bonnet Bakery

Cakes available: Their traditional King Cake features raisins, apples and pecans.

Cost: Ranges from $10.99 for 8-inch size to $49.99 for the super, extra large cake.

Location: Blue Bonnet Bakery, 3905 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-731-4233.

Interesting fact: Blue Bonnet Bakery donates all of the baked goods that aren't sold to the First Street Methodist Mission.

Casa Linda Bakery

Cakes availableCinnamon

Cost: $15

Location: 10819 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218. 214-321-0355

Be sure to call ahead to make sure they have them in stock. Casa Linda Bakery is an amazing place and their King Cakes are sure to sell out quickly. But they have plenty of delicious things to choose from -- like iced Clown Cookies, bars, cupcakes and other goodies.

Bread Winners Cafe

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Bread Winners is offering King Cakes by special order for $25.99 each. Orders can be placed by calling 214-754-0099 with 24 hours advance notice. They also have iced sugar cookies and cupcakes decorated in the festive mardi gras colors.

Uptown, 3301 McKinney Ave., Dallas, Texas 75204. 214-754-4940.
Park Cities, 5560 W. Lovers Lane in Inwood Village, Dallas, Texas 75209. 214-351-3339.
NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1608, Dallas, Texas 75225. 214-232-9798.
Plano, 4021 Preston Rd., Plano, Texas 75093. 972-312-9300

Kroger

Cakes available: Available as early as mid-January in plain or strawberry flavors. It's ever too early for a King Cake.

Cost: $7.99

Locations throughout DFW

Sugar Dreams

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All things sweet, indeed! Delicious King Cakes from Sugar Dreams are $16.50 for 10" small, $20.00 for 12" medium, and $ 30 for 14" large with cinnamon filling. Other fillings available for $3 more. Confections by Ember Pruitt. Contact info: 713-705-9172 or Email embersdawn@gmail.com.

Central Market

Cakes availablecream cheese, almond and traditional.

Cost: Cakes are $9.99.

Locations throughout DFW

Market Street

Cakes available: Traditional cakes will be available the first Sunday in February.

Cost: $6.99

Locations throughout DFW

Tom Thumb

Angela Patterson

Cakes available: traditional, raspberry, apple and cream cheese.

Cost: $4.99

Locations throughout DFW

Review: My family and I sampled Tom Thumb's traditional King Cake back in 2011. It had an almond flavoring which we all loved. It was only $3.99 when I used my Tom Thumb Rewards Card. It came with three beads and a baby. I hid the baby and no one found it until the last slice was eaten. My daughter loved the sweet treat. It's definitely a great deal and a yummy dessert. I served it with some decaf hazelnut coffee and it was a hit. You don't have to be from Louisiana to enjoy this tradition.

Whole Foods Market

Cakes available: traditional cinnamon, raspberry cream cheese, chocolate, praline, regular cream cheese and berry chantilly. I'd be interested to see how yummy the Berry Chantilly Cake is. Leave a comment if you have sampled one.

Cost: $12.99

Locations throughout DFW.

Recipe for King Cake

If you decide to be authentic and do-it-yourself, here's a recipe for a King Cake. Don't forget to share.

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