Yesterday was the official start of the Mardi Gras season. It is finally legal to play Mardi Gras Indian songs, and listen to Professor Longhair's Going to NO for MG song. Also, in addition to the Phunny Phorty Phellow streetcar parade, it's finally Kingcake season. I thought about ordering some from NO, or even going for a galette des rois from Sweeth Thang, but instead, I decided to try out Bennison's cake.
I picked up a few on Monday afternoon, they were still warm so I rushed home to try them. They looked beautiful, came with a Doubloon, and coated with ton of sugar with the MG colors (green, yellow, and purple). I put on the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian CD and took my first bite. It took a while for my taste buds to get over the strong sugar taste, however, after a gulp of a strong black coffee (made from French Market coffee of course), and trying it again. I was able to taste the cake. It's just an excellent coffee cake topped with a ton of sugar. I wish I had asked him to stuff it with Praline, or cream cheese or one of the many stuffings they use in NO. Anyway, it's a good cake to have and is readily available, though the diverstity of the offering does not match NO or even Baton Rouge (where there's a bakery which makes Zulu king cake -coconut and chocolate), Bennison's fits the purpose of having a local bakery that makes good simple kingcakes.
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