MANDEVILLE, La. (WAFB) - Louisianans cast nearly 2,500 votes in this year’s King Cake Snob competition to choose their favorite bakeries and varieties of king cake.
Antoine’s Bakery and Caluda’s King Cake have emerged as the winners of the 2020 competition. The cakes earned first place in the best overall Traditional and Filled categories respectively. This is the third straight year Caluda’s has won the Filled category, while Antoine’s previously won best Traditional and Freshest cake in 2016.
Coming in second place for best overall Traditional cake was Manny Randazzo, with Tastee Donuts/McKenzie’s coming in third. In the Filled category, Caluda’s of course took the top spot with its strawberry cream cheese king cake, while its praline cake took second place. Manny Randazzo came in third with its cream cheese king cake.
Caluda’s took home other prizes this year as well, including Flavor and Freshness. Fremin’s Food & Furniture in New Iberia took the top spot for the Presentation category.
The 2019 competition, which ran from Jan. 7 through Feb. 25, saw almost 3,500 reviews for king cakes. The contest featured 633 different king cakes from more than 160 bakeries across Louisiana. In 2019, Manny Randazzo took the award for best traditional king cake, while Caluda’s took home the best filled king cake award yet again.
Other categories of the competition include presentation, flavor, and freshness. In 2019, Keller’s Bakery in Lafayette took the top spot for flavor and freshness, while Meche’s Donut King, also in Lafayette, earned the top prize in the presentation category.
For the third year now, King Cake Snob has partnered with New Orleans t-shirt company, Dirty Coast, to design three custom Mardi Gras t-shirts. Proceeds from shirt sales have totaled almost $5,000 and were donated to food banks across south Louisiana.
“We were thrilled to once again give Louisianans, and King Cake Snobs everywhere, the opportunity to vote for their favorite king cakes and bakeries. Our fifth competition was another delicious celebration of one of Mardi Gras’ tastiest traditions. Congratulations to the bakeries and voters who contributed to the crowning of our 2020 winners!” said Jay Connaughton, managing partner for Innovative Advertising, the company behind the annual contest.
The 2020 competition not only ranked the best king cakes around, but also surveyed participants about their king cake eating habits. Results show 70% of voters admitted to eating king cake at least six to ten times during Carnival season, while 76% claim to have never put the baby back in the king cake when nobody was looking. Also, 48% of voters say they’re willing to wait in line for more than an hour to buy a king cake, 83% say they’ve picked beads up off the ground during a parade, and 44% say they’ve asked to use a stranger’s bathroom during a parade.