Mardi Gras 2020 is February 25. Until then, you can enjoy one of the highlights of the season: King Cake! Although recipes abound, the cake is typically slightly sweet, pastry-inspired and baked in a circle or oval. Custom fillings, colorful icing and sprinkles are also often involved. 

To sweeten the experience, there’s a game to go with it. The tradition is simple, and it’s something that kids will love. Each cake has a small figure (usually a plastic baby) hidden in one of the pieces. 

Finding the figure has different significance in different circles. It can mean a year of good luck, the honor of being royalty for the day or the fun responsibility of buying the next King Cake. However you play, you’re eating cake. I’d call that good luck all around! 

**Safety Moment: Don’t worry, today’s bakeries will usually include the figure separately for customers to hide on their own. That way you can keep track of what your kids put in their mouths!** 

Three Places to Find King Cake in Central Arkansas

Community Bakery

This local favorite currently offers three varieties of King Cake. You can order by the slice or by the cake while supplies last!  

Flavors: 

  • Cream cheese 

  • Praline pecan 

  • Raspberry 

To order: Connect with Community Bakery on Facebook or Instagram or call 501-375-6418. 

Locations: Downtown | 1200 Main Street, Little Rock; West Little Rock | 270 South Shackleford Road, Little Rock

Dempsey Bakery 

Dempsey Bakery’s King Cakes are dairy and egg free. Order them for delivery or pickup starting February 4.  Starting February 18, you can pop by the bakery to buy a cake in store. 

To order: Stop by or call 501-375-2257. 

Location: 323 Cross Street, Suite B, Little Rock

PattiCakes Bakery

PattiCakes Bakery of Conway offers a plethora of flavors to tempt every sweet tooth. 

Flavors include: 

  • Raspberry

  • Strawberry

  • Cherry

  • Praline

  • Cream cheese

  • Raspberry cream cheese

  • Strawberry cream cheese

  • Cherry cream cheese

Price: $24.99/each

To order: Call 501-205-1969 or email info@patticakesbakery.com.

Location: 2106 Robinson Ave., Conway