Manuel Randazzo Sr., Pioneer of Modern King Cake Business, Dies at 91

In New Orleans today, the variations on king cake seem endless. But for some devotees of the traditional Carnival treat, one name says it all: Randazzo.

Each Carnival season, the faithful line up at Manny Randazzo King Cakes in Fat City, eager to get their next taste of the soft, cinnamon-scented braid of dough under purple, green, and gold sprinkles. For many, Randazzo’s cakes are the standard against which others are judged.

Manuel J. Randazzo Sr., a baker who helped set that standard, died Monday. He was 91.

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