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The Best King’s Cake and Rosca de Reyes in Los Angeles

King’s Cake and Rosca de Reyes are seasonal treats, served for 3 Kings Day (Epiphany) and for Mardi Gras, and they’re delightful desserts we wish we could get all year long.

King Cake, or King’s Cake, is what this sweet would be called in a New Orleans bakery, and Rosca de Reyes is what it’s called in Mexican and Central American bakeries. Different recipes, but for the same celebrations.

Traditional New Orleans King’s Cake is a flaky pastry, decorated with three colors of icing: green, purple and gold, and sometimes with Mardi Gras beads as well.

Rosca re Reyes is a sweet bread, traditionally decorated with candied fruits and sugar crystals or strips of sugar paste.

Both desserts are named for the 3 Kings who visited the baby Jesus and brought him gifts, and it’s traditional that a small plastic toy is baked inside to symbolize baby Jesus. Whoever gets the baby in their slice of cake is said to have good luck. This article gives a super detailed history of King’s Cake.

We found some terrific bakeries in Los Angeles and around SoCal that make King’s Cake and Rosca de Reyes. Note that during high demand times you will need to order ahead.

King Cake, photo courtesy of Porto's Bakery
King Cake, photo courtesy of Porto’s Bakery

Where to find King’s Cake and Rosca de Reyes in SoCal

Porto’s Bakery
Multiple Locations in SoCal + online ordering

Porto’s will be selling King Cakes, Rosca de Reyes and individual Mini Roscitas this year, so hurry and get your order in.

New Orleans Sweet Treats
1492 East 85th Street, Los Angeles 90047

This family-owned bakery will be selling their famous King Cake for Mardi Gras and will be taking orders in January and February.

Rosca de Reyes, photo courtesy of Porto's Bakery
Rosca de Reyes, photo courtesy of Porto’s Bakery

La Monarca Bakery
Multiple Locations around SoCal, including:
6365 Pacific Blvd., Huntington Park 90255
1300 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica 90403

Serving Rosca de Reyes only until mid-January, you will need to get them ordered ahead of time for sure.

Northgate Markets
Multiple locations around SoCal

This market has more than just produce; they have a fresh bakery and make Rosca de Reyes cakes in January.

Mini Rosca de Reyes (the Roscita), photo courtesy of Porto's Bakery
Mini Rosca de Reyes (the Roscita), photo courtesy of Porto’s Bakery

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