King’s Day 2019: King Cakes, Second-Lines, a Peek Inside Bakery Kitchens

The sun was still rising on Sunday (Jan. 6) when Jen Cook walked out of Bywater Bakery with two king cakes. She picked up the confections to serve later that day at her 9-month-old daughter Zena’s baptism at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church.

“I have some family who is coming over from Pensacola,” said Cook, who selected this Sunday to coincide with the festive start of Carnival season in New Orleans. 

“It’s was like an Epiphany,” she said of the idea, laughing as she strolled past bakery owner Chaya Conrad, who was setting up a table for curbside pick-up of her king cakes that morning.

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