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The Best King’s Cake and Rosca de Reyes in Los Angeles 2024

Updated for 2024

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.

Pitchoun Bakery
545 S. Olive Street, Downtown Los Angeles 90013
8500 Beverly Blvd. #103, Los Angeles 90048

This French bakery makes many terrific pastries, breads, and cakes all year long, but they only offer their famous King’s Cakes in January. Not to be outdone, they actually offer three types: a traditional Parisian cake, made with puff pastry and almond creme, a Provencal version that sounds like a Rosca de Reyes, and a chocolate King’s Cake with both almond and chocolate filling. Yum!

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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Saturday 10th of February 2024

I recommend New Orleans Sweet Treats (near South LA) -- this locally-owned family biz is overflowing with joie de vivre, Carnival spirit, and Southern charm! I usually buy a a medium king cake & Mardi Gras buns, and I share these traditional treats with my friends & neighbors; everyone raves about the goodies. In the past, I ordered king cakes from Gambino's , but I've shifted to New Orleans Sweet Treats, because the owners couldn't be lovelier, and the king cake is the yummiest I've tasted -- by a mile. I suggest that you nosh a slice right when you pick up your cake. Super-fresh, it's extra delish. Tasty cake; wonderful folks. : )

Sarah Auerswald

Friday 16th of February 2024

Great tip! Thanks!

Diamante Ma

Monday 29th of January 2024

The picture above is not a Louisiana-style King cake. Ours is not flaky. It’s more like a brioche pastry. The one you have pictured above is the French version (Galette des Rois).

Sarah Auerswald

Monday 29th of January 2024

We'd love to see a photo or a link to a blog post about it. Can you share?


Tuesday 4th of January 2022

Pitchoun bakery bakes delicious and authentic king cakes. That would be nice to include small independent artisan bakers like them in your recommendations. Thx

Sarah Auerswald

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Awesome! Thanks for the tip!

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