My first Epiphany here in NOLA a few years ago someone bought a King Cake from one of the local bakeries. I was enthralled by the cake - the cake is pretty much just a light cinnamon roll baptized in sugar frosting then topped with about an inch or so of dyed sugar. I really wanted to like the cake but I could not. For one they were too sweet and for another I am allergic to the dyed sugar. I tried different fillings (too numerous to list here), different styles of cakes from different bakeries hoping to find the right one. But I never found it. So I gave up on eating king cake, I figured the kids like so that is all that really matters. Then a few days ago I stopped by the local European bakery a few blocks up the road and noticed a "Chocolate King Cake." Now I have had chocolate king cakes before - the ones where they shoot it full of chocolate pudding. But this one at Maple Street Patisserie looked different. So I asked if they would make me one without the dyed sugar on it, no problem they said.
On Sunday morning as the family prepped for an afternoon of parades I went up to MSP to pick the cake up. It just came out of the oven! I arrived at the rental chateau(insert louisiana cajun x at the end of chateau if you so desire) with the cake and two coffees!
It was amazing. The best king cake I have ever had in my life! It was so good I feared that it might spoil if left on the counter for a prolonged amount of time...so with a little help from our king cake loving progeny, Material Girl and I demolished it within 24 hours - with.
The cake I would describe as a cross between challah bread and cream cheese pastry. Inside the ring of the king cake was a light-fluffy-rich brownie batter. All of this was topped with chocolate frosting, chocolate chips and chocolate sprinkles.
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these were the last two pieces. the pictures are not of the highest quality but i was fighting time folks, i didnt have the patience to stage a proper picture, my coffee may have chilled by then. it's carnival time reader, priorities are transformed this time of year. they'll be time for proper pictures come Lent...