Every Mardi Gras party needs a King Cake and Mardi Gras beads. If you can't make it to New Orleans this year for Mardi Gras, why not order what you need online and have a party at home.
Here is a list of the best places to place your order. These bakeries are authentic New Orleans bakeries and were here long before selling products online was possible.
The Randazzo family name is well-known in New Orleans for great King Cakes. Manny Randazzo has some of the best filled ones. I love the Strawberry and Cream Cheese,
Gambino's has been around forever and no birthday around my house is complete without a Doberge cake from Gambino's. But Gambino's also makes great King Cakes and will send you a package complete with beads.
Another branch of the Randazzo family, Ranazzo's Camilla City Bakery got wiped out in Hurricane Katrina. But, they are back online and shipping King Cakes.
Haydel's has been around for three generations and has wonderful King Cakes. Also, if you're planning a Jazz Fest party, Haydel's sends Crawfish Monica, everybody's favorite Jass Fest nosh.