SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The King cake is one of the biggest traditional Mardi Gras foods. Every year, Lilah’s Bakery in Shreveport makes more than 14,000 King cakes.
At this time of year, and for a short period of time, the bakery is only open to make the sweet treat.
“It takes seven hours to make a King cake from scratch”, the bakery owner, Lisa Tike, says. “We use more than 20,000 pounds of flour, thousands of pounds of icing and buy 14,000 miniature babies to put in the cakes."
They host classes for kids and adults to learn how to create their own King cake. The Tike’s give a hands-on lessons which starts from stretching out the pastry, putting some tasty filling inside, then putting it in the oven.
“I’m excited to learn how to make this cake,” says third grader, Johnanna Harris. “My family is really involved in Mardi Gras and my parents are almost always on a float in the parade.”
A trained pastry chef and his wife own Lilah’s Bakery. They named the business after their daughter and only make King cakes.
“Our shop is open for nine months out of the year and all we do is make King cakes,” Lisa Tike says. “When we first started we didn’t realize how popular these cakes were in Louisiana, and my husband didn’t even know how to make a King cake.”
The Tike’s have a full staff working around the clock to fill the orders. They send their cakes across the continental United States and have developed a special brand of the cake.
“When people say they don’t like King cake, we have them try ours and their opinion changes,” according to Tike.
If you would like to learn more about how to make your own King cakes, contact Lilah’s Bakery at (318) 676-1407.