Manny Randazzo King Cakes began in 1965 as a full-service bakery in Chalmette, and Manny opened his own location in Metairie in 1992. It was also a full-service joint for a few years, then converted to just doing king cakes.
“Given the enthusiasm for Mardi Gras, king cake, that whole tradition, it blossomed, and it’s amazing to see the enthusiasm of everyone coming in to get their first king cakes of the year when the season opens,” Randazzo says. “It’s a great thrill, to have everyone love what you make. On top of that, they love the idea of this tradition of king cake. “
According to Pam Randazzo, “People take their cakes very seriously. If you’re sold out, they’ll get so upset, and they’ll say, ‘No! I’m in from out of town!’ or ‘But I really love the cream cheese!’ It’s fun to see how seriously they take it -- and they want YOUR king cake. If we’re out, they’ll say, ‘Well, I’ll come back tomorrow,’ so it makes you feel really blessed to see that amazing loyalty. But I just sell them -- Manny has the really cool job of getting to make them.”