Galette des rois are the traditional treat of the Epiphany, the Christian holiday celebrating the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem.
In Toronto, the king of cakes can be found on pastry counters each January. These sweet treats boast glossy puff pastry shells and a filling of frangipane. Most distinct about this cake is the crown it wears, and the small charm, the fève, hidden inside.
Whoever gets the slice with the trinket becomes royalty for the day… and is also ordained to buy the cake next year.
Here’s where to find galette des rois in Toronto.
Available January 6 to 15 from this local chain of French patisseries, look forward to flaky puff pastry layers with frangipane core.
Address: 780 Queen Street West, Toronto; 1099 Yonge Street, Toronto; The PATH, Richmond Adelaide Centre, Toronto; Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto
In celebration of the epiphany, this King West patisserie will carry a limited quantity of these regal cakes in various sizes. Call ahead to reserve.
Address: 780 King Street West, Toronto
Find King Cakes embedded with a lucky charm at this midtown bakery on Bayview.
Address: 1586 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Cap off the Christmas season with these beautiful galette des rois from the popular Toronto boulangerie that now boasts three locations in Toronto.
Address: 627 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto; 116 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto; 479b Danforth Avenue, Toronto
On the shelves today at both of Marc Thuet’s bakeries, Galette des Rois “made by the f***ing king himself!”
Address: 1162 Yonge Street, Toronto; 244 King Street East, Toronto
Limited quanities of this special cake are in store today featuring flakey pastry cakes filled with almond cream and a ceramic figurine.
Address: 401 Jane Street, Toronto