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New Orleans style king cakes to be sold at Houston drive-thru pop-up this weekend

King Cake Drive-Thru is not just for the well-known bakery names, but also a platform for businesses without their own store-front, and up-and-coming bakers.

 

Drive-Thru king cakes
King Cake Drive-Thru
Cars line up for King Cake Drive-Thru

King cakes in Houston? There’s a drive-thru for that.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, King Cake Drive-Thru will be stationed at 2808 Caroline St. in Midtown handing out a variety of king cakes, a traditional multi-colored Mardi Gras pastry.

A community-driven business, the concept is coming into town from New Orleans this weekend.

The business travels the Gulf Coast to share the tradition that was established in New Orleans, hosting pop-up shops with festive pastries from some of the most famous king cake bakeries in New Orleans, like Caluda’s King Cakes and Bywater Bakery.

King Cake Drive-Thru is not just for the well-known bakery names, but also a platform for businesses without their own store-front, and up-and-coming bakers, Tiffany Langlinais, a King Cake Drive-Thru founder said.

The concept transpired from Langlinais and Mike Graves, who debuted the drive-thru pastry shop in Metairie. Since then, they’ve taken the shop to other southern cities in Mississippi and Louisiana and featured the pop-up shop at Big Easy last month. Chicago-born transplant to New Orleans, Graves, owner of Bof Bars in New Orleans, a locally sourced novelty ice cream company, came up with the idea with his fiancée, Langlinais.

The idea was born to provide accessibility to famous king cakes from several bakeries across the Greater New Orleans area.

The pop-up is open to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in Houston this weekend. The shop will sell cakes on a first-come-first-serve basis, and cakes will be sold until 7 p.m. Saturday and until they sell out on Sunday.

"Keep your kids in the car. You can grab a favorite or snag a new king cake on the way to the office or on the way home for the family,” Graves said.

Mardi Gras celebrations are in full effect in Texas this month. Fat Tuesday is next week when celebrations at Galveston Mardi Gras will close out for the year.