8 Places to Buy a King Cake

A big part of the Mardi Gras celebration is the King Cake. It’s a tradition that is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870. Typically, a King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy, often described as a cross between a coffee cake and a French pastry that is as rich in history as it is in flavor.

Decorated in royal colors of purple which signify “Justice,” green for “Faith,” and gold for “Power,” the colors used for the cake are also the signature colors used for Mardi Gras.  The particular colors were chosen to resemble a jeweled crown honoring the Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany. In the past, things like coins, beans, pecans, or peas were hidden in each King Cake.

Today, a tiny plastic baby is placed inside the cake. At a party, the King Cake is sliced and served. Each person looks to see if their piece contains the “baby.” If so, then that person is named “King” for a day and designated to host the next party and provide the King Cake.

1. Merridee’s Breadbasket 

110 4th Ave S
Franklin, Tennessee
(615) 790-3755

Louisana natives claim Merridee’s has the best King Cake around. And they have them availabe in the bakery right now. Or you can order one by calling 615-790-3755.

About Merridee’s

Merridee McCray, the founder of Merridee’s Breadbasket, grew up baking breads, pies and sweets from scratch with her mother. It was a tradition passed on to her by her grandmother, Anna Maria Faust, who once served as head cook for the Pillsbury family. When Merridee passed away in 1993, Jim Kreider bought Merridee’s Breadbasket. Today, Jim and his exceptional team are still making everything from scratch, creating products that not only have a great taste, but are nutritional as well. Merridee’s features a variety of baked goods, homemade soups, quiches and fresh salads.

Find more information on their Facebook page

2.  Puffy Muffin 

puffy muffin

 229 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027

At Puffy Muffin, you can order small (serves 8) or large (serves 12) King Cakes online. Last year, they sold out, so order yours today! Order here.

About Puffy Muffin
Before there was a Puffy Muffin™, there were women in Lynda Stone’s life who shared a love of cooking. Not simply “cooking”, but “creative cooking”. Her mother, grandmothers and aunts – all excellent cooks – taught Lynda just how imaginative cooking could be, and shared with her many of their favorite recipes. Lynda caught their passion for creative cooking, which to this day inspires her imagination and pursuit of excellence.

In 1986, Lynda and her husband Jack were raising two daughters, Kristi and Ali, in Franklin. For years, family and friends enjoyed Lynda’s cooking, continually raving about her homemade bread and rolls. Lynda, who had dreamed of starting a home-based business, wondered if perhaps this was the answer – selling her homemade rolls and bread to Nashville area restaurants. And there, in the family kitchen, Puffy Muffin™ was born. The dream of a home-based business was about to be realized. It wasn’t long before orders outgrew her kitchen’s capacity. It was time for the next step – renting commercial bakery space in a local grocery store. Not long after that, in 1992, Puffy Muffin™ moved to the H.G. Hill Center in Brentwood where it became a bakery and a restaurant. Lynda’s hard work and initiative had taken Puffy Muffin™ from family kitchen to prime retail location. It went beyond bread and rolls to an imaginative palette of dessert bakery goods and delightful food. The love of family and creative cooking had successfully made its way from her home into the lives of guests and the community.

Find more information on their Facebook page.

3. Whole Foods

Whole Foods

1566 W McEwen Dr,
Franklin, Tennessee
(615) 550-5660

Whole Foods has you covered this Mardi Gras season with King Cakes!

About Whole Foods

Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods, the first national “Certified Organic” grocer, and uniquely positioned as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store™.

For more information, visit their website.

4. Delta Bound 

5075 Main St, Ste B4
Spring Hill, Tennessee
(615) 392-8188

Known for wowing guests with their inventive Southern comfort dishes, Delta Bound will help you impress family and friends with their King Cake.

About Delta Bound
Jessica & Stacey had a plan when they first started their Food Truck business – to open up a Southern Food Joint. Over the last several years they have wow’d people with twists on Southern classics dishes and opened their own brick-and-mortar location.

They have won many awards, been featured on the Cooking Channel several times, in local publications & Food Blogs.

Find more details on their Facebook page

5. Triple Crown Bakery 

Triple Crown Bakery

735 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, Tennessee
(615) 721-8488

This quaint little bakery in downtown Franklin will draw you in the door with the smells of fresh baked cupcakes, cookies, scones, and cakes. King Cakes will be available this year by special order online here. 

About Triple Crown Bakery

Triple Crown Bakery is owned by Pastry Chef, Alena Vaughn, a Southern California native.  After graduating from The California Culinary Academy (now Le Cordon Bleu) in San Francisco, she began her career cooking at the Ritz Carlton, and then baking at Zov’s Bistro & Bakery. Alena and her family moved to Franklin and Triple Crown Bakery was born.

Find more details on their Facebook page.

6. Kroger 

photo from Kroger


Multiple Locations

If you’re in search of a King Cake for your Mardi Gras party, check out the bakery at your local Kroger.

About Kroger

Kroger was founded in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Kroger has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools.

7. Slowhand Coffee + Bakeshop 

Slowhand Coffee
photo from Slowhand Coffee

1012 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville

(615) 444- 1082

King Cakes are for now available to order. Pickup will be Fat Tuesday, February 25th. All cakes are $30 and you may choose between Classic Cinnamon, Apple and Praline Cream Cheese. Cakes are 10” and feed 8-12 people. Yes, they will include a plastic baby. To order your King Cake, order in-store or call 615-730-6887 during business hours.

About Slowhand Coffee + Bakeshop

Owned by husband and wife duo, Nick and Audra Guidry. The couple started Slowhand as a coffee truck and moved into their first brick and mortar back in 2015. After losing their space, they relocated to East Nashville reopening in 2018. It’s a perfect combination of coffee and their own specially created baked goods all in one spot.

Find more details on their Facebook page.

8. The Cupcake Collection

The Cupcake Collection
photo from The Cupcake Collection

1213 6th Avenue South, Nashville

(615) 244-2900

Cupcake Collection in Nashville has partnered with Antione’s Famous Cakes and Pastries for an authentic New Orleans king cake experience. Their store will carry Antione’s medium king cake in two flavor options: traditional and cream cheese filled until February 25, 2020. Each cake feeds approximately 15-20 people. Individual slices are also available daily for in-store pick-up.

About Cupcake Collection 

While you are picking up your King Cake, you must try one of the best cupcakes around. The Francois family makes everything from scratch since opening in 2008. Their motto states, “We are just trying to do classic things well. Our cupcakes taste homemade because they are homemade, right in the space where I raised my family.”

Find more details on their Facebook page.