King Cake Festival crowns this year's top flavors
NEW ORLEANS - The second annual King Cake Festival kicked off in Champion's Square on Sunday, and there was every variation of the sweet treat you can think of.
There are dozens of types of flavors and they come in all shapes and sizes, and most people would agree they all taste delicious
"This is our cinnamon pecan cupcake with caramel pecan filling, and it has a cinnamon cream cheese icing," said Wayne Soniat of The Cupcake Factory.
After all the food, music and indulging, the money raised goes to helping families who need it most.
"This event benefits the Ochsner Hospital for Children and our pediatric family assistance fund," Kathleen McCulla with Ochsner Children's Hospital said. "Those families that are going through a medical crisis and need a little bit of assistance, we want to be there for them."
Last year's winner and crowd favorite, Mr. Ronnie's Famous Hot Donuts, had one of the longest lines at the festival.
The big winner last year was the donut king cake, but this year it's more traditional.
"Pecan praline," said Kellen Picou. "I know how much we have made of it and we are making it as fast as we are selling it."
Last year's event raised more than $160,000 to support programs for Ochsner Hospital for Children.