Have fun Mardi Gras with a distinct form of king cake

At its core, Mardi Gras is a day of indulgence. In New Orleans, town holds grand carnivals and celebrators experience festivities. Chief amongst these festivities is the consumption of the king cake, an O-shaped brioche-style cake laden with purple, yellow and inexperienced sprinkles and eaten particularly throughout this time of the yr.

Discovering this Fats Tuesday deal with poses a problem to cake seekers outdoors of New Orleans. Fortunately, there’s a variation of the king cake accessible right here within the Twin Cities year-round.

At St. Paul’s La Boulangerie Marguerite (previously PJ Murphy’s Bakery), the bakery provides galette des rois year-round.

The galette des rois is a storied piece of pastry that originated within the northern area of France and is often eaten throughout Epiphany on Jan. 6. Not like its south of France-hailing, brioche-incorporating counterpart (the king cake we usually affiliate with Mardi Gras), the galette des rois makes use of puff pastry and almond frangipane. Claire Saffitz, in her guide “Dessert Individual,” calls the galette a free-form double-crust tart. Basically, it’s like an enormous almond croissant in cake type.

The sprinkle-filled, O-shaped king cake was bought at PJ Murphy’s earlier than they rebranded as La Boulangerie Marguerite and adjusted their menu to replicate a standard Parisian bakery.

Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde of La Boulangerie Marguerite calls the New Orleans variation of the cake “a giant social gathering.”

“We provide possibly a extra refined model of a celebration cake to satisfy the season,” Kiemde mentioned. Chef Francois Kiemde described La Boulangerie Marguerite’s model as “flaky, tasty and attractive.”

The northern and southern pastries share one factor in frequent, nonetheless: Each desserts conceal a particular figurine (like a fava bean, a mini plastic child or a espresso bean) inside them. La Boulangerie Marguerite’s hidden gem is a espresso bean. “Whoever will get the slice that has the figurine in it’s the king or the queen for the day,” Christina Selander Bouzouina, the manager director of Alliance Francaise MSP, mentioned. The king or queen du jour additionally has to purchase the cake the next yr, Selander Bouzouina added.

The pastry might be discovered at La Boulangerie Marguerite, by the slice at Marc Heu Pâtisserie Paris, Rose Road Patisserie and Patisserie 46 throughout choose occasions of the yr.

Though galette des rois is often eaten throughout Epiphany, the desserts are often accessible in early January by Mardi Gras. “It’s a very fashionable dessert as a result of it’s so scrumptious. So I feel folks prolong the timeframe in which you’ll be able to take pleasure in it,” Selander Bouzouina mentioned.

So indulge within the king cake, whether or not you’re celebrating Mardi Gras or not, whether or not you’re repenting on your sins on Ash Wednesday or not. “Any excuse is an efficient motive to get a galette des rois,” Selander Bouzouina mentioned.


The Galette des Rois is a festive, frangipane-filled pastry. A standard providing in France from Epiphany to Mardi Gras, it’s additionally accessible in Minnesota for $35 by La Boulangerie Marguerite at 1279 Randolph Ave. in St. Paul. Extra information at La-marg.com (click on on “patisseries”) or by calling 651-699-9292.