Culinary: Desserts

Some of New Orleans’ most loved desserts are represented here, from classics like King Cake to more recent creations such as the Doberge cake.

Bread Pudding

Bellamy, Gail, and John Mariani. “Bread Pudding.” Restaurant Hospitality 81, no. 10 (October 1997): 98.
Constantine, Mary. “Bread Pudding a Cullinary Cinderella.” The Knoxville News-Sentinel. Knoxville, TN, August 24, 2011.
Dorrance, L A. “Use That Stale Bread.” Ralph Brennan’s New Orleans Seafood Blog, April 24, 2008.
Fabricant, Florence. “Bread Pudding in Comeback.” New York Times. New York, September 29, 1985, sec. Food.
Lowe, Rachel. “Pudding on the Ritz.” Restaurant Business Vol. 104, no. Issue 13 (September 15, 2005): 66–67.
McNulty, Ian. “ Bread Pudding a New Orleans Classic Desert.” French, n.d.
Olver, Lynne. “The Food Timeline: History Notes–puddings.” The Food Timeline, n.d.
pressurecooker. “New Orleans Bread Pudding – YouTube.” You Tube, July 31, 2007.
Tucker, Susan. “Bread Pudding.” In New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories, edited by Susan Tucker, 179–191. Jackson, MS: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2009.

Buttermilk Drops

“Donuts a Guilty Pleasure for People in New Orleans.”, March 4, 2010.
Gilyot, Danielle. “In Search of the Buttermilk Drop —” Lifestyle. Go NOLA, February 22, 2011.
Grunfield, Dave. “Buttermilk Drop Bakery |” Lifestyle., April 21, 2011.
Hubbell, Amy. “Buttermilk Drop Hunt Has Sweet Ending – Bakery’s Fare Evokes Old McKenzie’s Flavor.” The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA, January 15, 2009.
Ramsey, David. “From Buttermilk to the Big Screen.” Edible New Orleans, Winter 2011.
Sagabaen, Angela. “Cooking Blog : Buttermilk Drops |”, n.d.


Jacobs, Howard. “Doberge Origin Is Traced by Local Educator.” The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA, June 17, 1968.
Montoya, Maria. “Architect Albert Ledner’s Story Is Icing on the Doberge Cake.”, n.d.

Ice Cream & Gelato

“Brocato Now at 1733 McShane Place.” The Times Picayune. New Orleans, LA, March 17, 1946, sec. Sec. 2-11.
Daniel, Rachel. “Love of Good Food Lures Many Visitors Here.” The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA, September 21, 1969.
Ferrari, Luciano. “Gelato Goes Cajun.” Dessert Professional (October 2008): 96–97.
jacky9by. K&B Ice Cream 1989, 2011.
“New Orleans, La.: Ice Cream. Definition. Adulteration. Inspection. (Reg. Bd. of H., May 15, 1913).” Public Health Reports (1896-1970) 29, no. 26 (June 26, 1914): 1734–1735.
Nossiter, Adam. “New Orleans Journal: Spumoni Fills A City’s Void, And Its Belly.” New York Times. New York, October 1, 2006.
Parris, Kelsey. “A Little Taste of Italy in New Orleans.” OKRA Southern Food and Beverage Museum, May 24, 2011.
Price, Todd. “The Sweet Science.” Offbeat, July 20, 2007.
Sivak, Cathy. “Filling Local Demand.” Food Engineering Vol. 83, no. Issue 1 (January 2011): 113–120.
“The Origin of the Sundae.” Beverage World Vol. 125, no. Issue 9 (September 15, 2006): 130.

King Cake

Barrileaux, Claude. “In New Orleans, the Long, Happy Reign of the King Cake.” New York Times. New York, January 5, 1994.
Clanton, Breit. “King Cake 101: Don’t Get the Baby.” New Orleans City Business Vol. 21, no. Issue 32 (January 29, 2001): 1.
Fabricant, Florence. “Let Them Eat Cake (There’s a Prize Inside).” New York Times. New York, February 10, 2010.
Fitzmorris, Mary Ann. “Shipping King Cakes Crown N.O. Bakeries with Profits.” New Orleans City Business Vol. 25, no. Issue 29 (January 24, 2005): 14–15.
Fonseca, Mary. “Hail! Hail! King of Cake.” Americana Vol. 17 (February 1990): 54–57.
Gaudet, Marcia. “The New Orleans King Cake in Southwest Louisiana.” Mid-America Folklore (Fall 1989): 114–21.
Harris, Jessica. “Long Live the King Cake.” Louisiana Cultural Vistas 20, no. 4 (Winter 2009): 80–81, Http://
Montagne, Renee. “A Taste of Mardi Gras: The Return of the King Cake.” News. Morning Edition. NPR, February 23, 2006.
Saleh, Ian. “Fat Tuesday 2011: King Cakes, Mardi Gras and the Joys of Carnival Season.” The Washington Post. Washington DC, March 28, 2011.
Silverberg, Kathy. “A Cake That Joins the Mardi Gras Party.” New York Times. New York, March 4, 1987.
Wertheimer, Linda. “Commentary: King Cake, a Mardi Gras Tradition.” News. Weekend Edition Sunday. NPR, March 2, 2003.


Babcock, Charles R. “New Orleans Pies Can’t Wait for SBA.” The Washington Post. Washington DC, January 5, 2006, sec. D01.
Bienvenu, Marcelle. “For the Love of Chess Pies.” The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA, September 4, 1997.
Hoyle, John Christian. “Baba’s Pecan Pies: A Sweet New Orleans Tradition.” Christian Science Monitor Vol. 90, no. Issue 12 (December 11, 1997): 14.
Nossiter, Adam. “New Orleans Journal; And Hubig’s Said, Let Them Eat Pie.” New York Times. New York, January 10, 2006.
Olver, Lynne. “Food Timeline: History Notes-pie & Pastry.” The Food Timeline, n.d.
Retz, Becky. “Hubig’s Pies: ‘Simon the Pieman’ Was Major Player.” New Orleans, LA, n.d.
Walker, Judy. “Pie Ladies at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011 Create Deliciousness |”, May 5, 2011.
“Week 3: Coconut Cream Pie Is Not for Wimps | One (perfect) Pie.” Cullinary. One (Perfect) Pie, August 22, 2011.
Weiisz, Bob. Hubig’s Pies Factory – YouTube. The Gambit Weekly, 2009.
Yanagihara, Dawn. “Putting the ‘Coconut’ in Cream Pie.” Cook’s Illustrated, June 2004.


Brister, Nancy. “Praline Sellers of Old New Orleans.” Old New, n.d.
Coleman, Calmetta. “Success Came with a Recipe – Praline Maker Does Herself Proud.” The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA, July 22, 1993.
Harrison, Jullia. “Pralines.” Sweet Travel Blog – a Website About Cakes, Cookies, Confectionery, and Culture., February 16, 2011.
Jensen, Lynne. “Sweet Success – For 30 Years, This Candy Man Definitely Can, and Then Some.” The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA, July 4, 2004.
Marcus, Frances Frank. “Fare Of The Country; A Sweet Pleasure From New Orleans: The Praline.” New York Times. New York, March 15, 1992.
McNulty, Ian. “ New Orleans Pralines&Recipe.” French, n.d.
Mesich, Jennifer. “No Experience Required.” Candy Industry Vol. 170, no. Issue 8 (August 2005): 24–27.
———. “Remembering Your Roots.” Candy Industry Vol. 170, no. Issue 8 (August 2005): 28–54.

Nunez, Chandra. “‘Just Like Ole’ Mammy Used to Make’: Reinterpreting New Orleans African-American Praline Vendors as Entrepreneurs”. University of New Orleans, 2011.
Olver, Lynne. “The Food Timeline: History Notes-candy.” The Food Timeline, n.d.
Pacl, Margaret. “Joy of Historical Cooking.” Food History News Vol. 20, no. Issue 3 (2009): p3–5.

Russian Cake

“A Russian Cake.” Kansas City Star. Kansas City, MO, November 30, 1898.
“Russian Cake.” The Daily Picayune. New Orleans, LA, August 18, 1913.
“Russian Cake (Creole Trifle) « Cooking with Herb St. Absinthe”, n.d.


Boudreaux, Ryan. TurtleCookie_09.gif (GIF Image, 800×551 Pixels) – Scaled (67%), n.d.
Farrington, Robert K. “ ’Snappy Turtle” Wins $25,000 Prize.” The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA, December 11, 1952.
Gaudin, Lorin. “Cooking Blog : Turtles New Orleans Style |”, May 21, 2009.
Martone, Laura. “Laura’s Simple Pleasures: Monday Munchies: Scrumptious Turtles.” Laura’s Simple Pleasures, November 17, 2009.

Version: Spring 2012