King Cake in Houston: Where Y’at?

I’ll admit it…I never had King Cake until my East Coast native, Tulane attending, New Orleans loving husband introduced me to it. And now there is no turning back. As soon as January rolls in, I start looking forward to the sweet smells and taste of King Cake that is upon us.

What is King Cake?

slice of King Cake on a plate surrounded by Mardi Gras beads and a glass of champagne

If you’re wondering what this “King Cake” nonsense is all about, allow me to explain. King Cakes are made in celebration of Mardi Gras. The brioche cinnamon dough is braided or twisted into a ring shape {usually an oval}. The traditional cake is just the cinnamon dough, baked and covered with white icing and purple, green, and gold sugar. A plastic “baby” is typically hidden in the cake. The tradition dictates that whoever receives the baby {or cuts a piece that exposes any part of the baby} must host the next King Cake party. This is just a fancy way of saying you are on the hook for buying the next King Cake.

Several decades ago, the King Cake evolved a bit. It can now be “stuffed” with cream cheese, any number of fruits, pecan praline, Bavarian cream, etc. There are also some bakeries that sell donut-style King Cakes.

Where Can You Buy King Cake in Houston?

oval shaped King Cake

There are tons of places in Houston to find King Cake. Where you go and what you get is simply a matter of taste preference and location.

Greater Houston Area

teenager holds King CakeH-E-B: Texas’ greatest grocery store chain makes pretty yummy King Cakes at an affordable price {under $10}. They are not quite traditional, but the cream cheese King Cake at H-E-B is my daughter’s absolute favorite. Other flavors include cinnamon, apple, strawberry, and pineapple.

Whole Foods: If you’re looking for an all-natural, preservative-free King Cake, Whole Foods is the place!

Kroger: Kroger has several sizes and options available {most under $10}. Some Houston-area stores also sell Gambino’s King Cakes fresh from New Orleans.

Buc-ee’s: Buc-ee’s is selling Caluda’s Mini King Cakes in store!.

Kolache Shoppe: While it’s not a traditional King Cake, the Kolache Shoppe offers a King Cake kolache during the month of February. The specialty kolache is filled with cinnamon cream cheese and pecans. It is topped with an almond vanilla glaze and the traditional purple, green and yellow sugar.

PJ’s Coffee: At this New Orleans-based coffeehouse, you can get a slice {or a whole cake} of Caluda’s King Cake direct from Harahan, La. Nothing goes better with King Cake than coffee, and PJ’s Coffee also has limited-time King Cake-inspired specialty coffee menu items.

Central Houston

Moeller’s Bakery: Having been around since 1930, Moeller’s Bakery is a Houston staple and favorite that serves King Cake.

French Gourmet Bakery: The French Gourmet Bakery has 3 King Cake options. The first is a traditional 10 inch round New Orleans King Cake. The second is a 5 inch King Cake roll (for those wants a single serving). Lastly, they offer a Galette des Rois – a French style King Cake.

3 Brother’s Bakery: With 4 locations around the Houston area, this bakery can easily be accessed. If you do not want a whole cake, 3 Brothers offers King Cake by the slice. Not to mention their King Cake is a house favorite of ours!

Rustika Café and Bakery: If you are someone who plans ahead, check out Rustika for your King Cake. They request that you place your order ahead of time.

Proof Home Bakery: Located in the Bellaire/Meyerland area, this bakery offers allergy-friendly and gluten free King Cake!

Plum Krazy Creations: Those who live near Rosenberg are in luck. Plum Krazy is making a variety of King Cakes starting at $40. They require 24 hours notice to make a fresh cake for you. *Special pick up options are also available in Kingwood, Cypress, Pasadena, Spring Branch, Richmond, Katy, and Sugarland!

Awesome Bites: This is the nation’s first allergy friendly bake and ice cream shop located in Houston, Texas. All scratch made awesome treats, including King Cake, are free of refined sugars and artificial colors PLUS vegan and every single thing is free of gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts

West Houston

The King Cake Lady: Based in Katy, The King Cake Lady makes delicious, authentic King Cakes. While they are not currently taking orders, you can buy a King Cake at the Fulshear Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9-1:00. Each cake comes in a variety of flavors such as cinnamon, cream cheese, almond, apple cinnamon cream cheese, strawberry cream cheese, cherry cream cheese, raspberry cream cheese, lemon cream cheese, and Nutella.

Proud Pie: OK, so this isn’t exactly King Cake, but IT IS King Cake Pie. It is not a regular menu item, so you have to catch it when it is the “Pie of the Week.” According to Proud Pie, “Our Raspberry Cream Cheese King Cake Pie is a creamy layer of cheesecake batter with fresh raspberry sauce swirled in and baked in our all butter crust, topped with a wheel of cobbler dough. We glaze it with sticky icing and finish it with Mardi Gras sugar.”

Great Harvest Bread Co.: In addition to all their delectable baked goods, Great Harvest in Katy has delicious King Cake available this season!

Humble Grounds Coffee: Want a twist on this famous dessert in drink form? Try Humble Grounds Coffee’s incredible King Cake Latte! They have locations in both Katy and Fulshear.

slice of king cake pie on pie plateThe Best Stop: This is a new addition to the Katy food scene and it is so welcomed. The Best Stop is conveniently located off of I-10 near Old Katy – and yes, it’s that same Best Stop that’s beloved from Scott, Louisiana. Not only can you grab a Gambino’s cake here (shipped in fresh), but you can also sample their cracklins, boudin, and other Cajun specialty meats.

North Houston

Rao’s Bakery: This Spring area bakery makes some pretty authentic King Cakes! You can order ahead on their website and either have it shipped to you or pick it up in-store. King Cake flavors include cinnamon, strawberry cream cheese, blueberry cream cheese, raspberry cream cheese, and Voodoo {a chocolate variety}. The King Cakes range in price from $20.95 to $28.95.

Great Harvest Bread Company: With 2 locations (one in Katy and one off Stockdick Road in North Houston), GHBC has king cakes ready for you and also available to ship. Prices range from $24 for plain/cinnamon to $34 for their more specialty flavors. You can also order online.

La Boulangerie- The Woodlands: All their king cakes are made from scratch daily, kneaded, and rolled out by hand. No pre-made mixes or machines. All fillings are made individually for your cake! No pre-made fillings from bags or cookie-cutter cakes injected with filling after they are baked. See what all the talk is about and get yours ordered today. Supply is limited and booking up fast.

South Houston

Chloe’s Cajun Market: This Webster gem has delicious King Cakes this time of year. Stay and stock up on Cajun and Creole groceries, specialty meats, a daily lunch special, boudin and fresh Cracklin!

Slice of King Cake with plastic babies on the plate, surrounded by Mardi Gras beads

Do you celebrate Mardi Gras with King Cake? What is your favorite place in Houston to get one? 


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Elyssa Gottheim
Elyssa was born and raised in Houston. Deciding to try out life in the cold weather, Elyssa attended University of Michigan for undergrad and University of Chicago for grad school. After obtaining her LCSW {licensed clinical social worker}, Elyssa decided that she was not cut out for the cold and moved back to Houston in 2012. Shortly after her move, Elyssa met her husband, Paul. Elyssa and Paul have been married for 6 years and have two children – Henry {October 2018} and Josephine {March 2021}. After working in schools, hospitals, and community clinics, Elyssa currently has a private practice where she specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and parents. When she isn’t working or chasing after her kids, Elyssa’s favorite activities can be described as the ultimate mom cliché – baking, working out, and napping. Elyssa is a huge fan of trying new restaurants and dining spots especially if it involves any form of dessert!


  1. Thank you so much for adding Plum Krazy Creations again to the King Cake list!💚💜💛
    Although we are located in Rosenberg we do offer delivery and meet up options.
    There are several locations around the Greater Houston area we will be on the 18th and 19th for pick up. There is still time to place orders.
    Correction to the article, Prices start at $40 and have several different flavors.
    I will also be at Heart of Katy Craft Market this Saturday and Sunday.


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