Mardi Gras King Cakes for Katrina- Rheinlander Bakery in Arvada, Colorado

For years since I have moved to the Denver metro area, I have searched high and low for a proper Mardi Gras King Cake but right under my nose, Rheinlander bakery has been selling King Cakes.  They call their mission, “King Cakes for Katrina.”  Proceeds go to support the Katrina disaster relief which is still ongoing believe it or not.  What a great cause and a tasty one at that!

For $18.99 you get a king cake (choice of cinnamon or cream cheese filled only), with a gift pack of beads, and a doubloon with a plastic baby Jesus and a pamphlet on the history of Mardi Gras and the Mardi Gras King Cake.  Having lived in New Orleans for 17 years and growing up there, I was suspect but decided to try one out anyway.  The first two or three bites immediately transform you back to the Big Easy, celebrating Mardi Gras and enjoying the festivities.  The Rheinlander Mardi Gras King Cakes resemble more of the modern king cake – the cinnamon one is covered with an icing and then three colored sugars: yellow, purple and green (the Mardi Gras colors).  Here comes the part where I think Rheinlander can improve on their cakes, being a connoisseur myself: I would recommend less of the colored sugar and more of something like the Haydel’srecipe- a cinnamon twisted bread in an oval, glazed with white icing (lightly), and then on that layer of white icing, another layer of LIGHT sugar topping in the Mardi Gras colors.  This allows everyone to taste the bread and the cinnamony goodness underneath all that sugary stuff.  I really think less sugar and more just bread and icing would really help the flavor because as I bit along, it just got too sweet and too overwhelming.  

But that one suggestion aside, I have to say, this is the closest taste of home I have had in some time.  I have tried imitation beignets but no one comes close to Cafe Du Monde.  I have tried red beans and rice but again, no one comes close to what I used to eat on Mondays in my hometown affectionately called the Big Easy.  Ahhh… the flavors of New Orleans and now, Rheinlander bakery has brought it very close to home for me.  I am excited about my purchase and plan on going back for more.  If you want your very own taste of New Orleans without ordering on-line and spending upwards of $30, come check out Rheinlander Bakery in Olde Town Arvada, and get your own Mardi Gras King Cake and a taste of the BIG EASY.


8 thoughts on “Mardi Gras King Cakes for Katrina- Rheinlander Bakery in Arvada, Colorado

  1. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Appreciate it!

    1. I do not see a comment from you but whatever happened, I am not sure it is on this end. Good luck and thanks for the link/shout out or pingback. Can you tell me what you did? Did you comment?

  2. We are so happy that you liked our king cake and it brought memories of home. We’ve taken what you said to heart. I agree that the pastry chefts went a little wild with the colorful sugars and when you come in next time you will see it as it’s supposed to look with somewhat less sugar. We appreciate all feedback and comments
    Sweet Regards
    Maro at the Rheinlander Bakery

    1. Thanks Maro for taking the time to reply and for listening to your customers. Wow! Can’t wait to come back and get one for my office. No one there seems to understand what a King Cake is 😉 you guys are the best!!!

    2. Maro- my husband came by today to get another cake since it’s MARDI GRAS WEEK 🙂 Happy Lundi Gras tomorrow and Mardi Gras Tuesday. I am looking forward to the new recipe… it looks great! I just posted on facebook how excited I am to try it and a picture of the cake he brought home. Thanks for listening!!!!

  3. Awesome! Great find! We’ve been getting our King Cakes shipped from Haydel’s every year, but were planning on skipping this year because we also celebrate Reagan’s birthday at the same time (she was born on Ash Wednesday) and have already spent more than planned on cake, etc. We may just check this place out! Like you, I don’t like a lot of frosting or the cream-filled, but it’s more about the fun & tradition than good cake really isn’t it? 🙂

    1. That’s cool about her bday. How cool. Mardi GRAS is late this yr. 8 March!! Knowing my luck my office will plan some retreat that week. Ugh. So let’s do Celebrate!!! Let me know I can pick one up for u. Yes it was so awesome to be able to have a taste and the girls played w the beads. There’s no place like home.

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