About the Bakery

Since 1949

In New Orleans and around the world, Gambino's Bakery is a household tradition that offers over sixty five years of experience with delicious baked goods. Every holiday and celebration can be unique when you choose from our long list of cakes, breads and other baked goods. Whether you order online or you come in to one of our many stores, you'll receive a product that was made just for you from scratch using only high quality ingredients.

Our many options include King Cakes, wedding cakes, birthday cakes, doberge cakes, specialty desserts and so much more. Every cake has different options for flavor, icing, and decorative style; the possibilities are endless. Your family and friends will love every bite of the delectable taste of your choice. We're a family oriented business that is local to the New Orleans area. Celebrate your family traditions with the best of desserts.

We have bakery locations in the New Orleans area of Metairie and Gretna, Baton Rouge, Lafayette serve all of Louisiana and the entire country with our products. Don't wait to get in contact with Gambino's Bakery and place an order for your favorite sweets and pastries!

History of Gambinos

The history of Joe Gambino’s Bakery all started in New Orleans in 1946. It was then that Joe Gambino bought the name, recipes and retail shop, including the original recipe for the famed Doberge Cake from Beulah Ledner. After a few years operating under the “Beulah Ledner Bakery” name, Joe Gambino became known across the city for his fine cakes and pastries. With his increased notoriety, he decided to reopen under his own name and thus “Joe Gambino’s Bakery” was born in the year 1949. Starting off as one location in Uptown New Orleans, Gambino's expanded across New Orleans and into the surrounding suburbs, eventually spreading around South Louisiana. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina buried all of our New Orleans stores under 10 feet of water. In spite of these challenges, we have continued to serve you proudly with the Gambino standard you have come to expect. Craftsmanship and quality were the hallmarks of Joe Gambino, and we have continued that tradition to this day to provide you with the best desserts possible.

After opening its doors over sixty five years ago, Gambino's Bakery has become a tradition around the world. A Doberge cake from Gambino's makes the perfect birthday party. Mother's Day wouldn't be the same without a Cupid's Cream Red Velvet Cake, and, of course, you can't Mardi Gras mambo without a Gambino's King Cake. If you haven't experienced the tradition of celebrating with a cake from Gambino's, you can start your own tradition today. We now ship our famous cakes overnight for you to share with friends for special occassions. Every cake is baked fresh daily, one at a time, just as you would make it in your own kitchen.

History of Doberge Cakes

interior_doberge_cakeBeulah Levy Ledner, born into a Jewish family in St. Rose, Louisiana, opened a bakery in New Orleans in 1933. She became very successful after creating her "Doberge cake" adapted from the famous Hungarian/Austrian Dobos Cake, a cake made of nine génoise cake layers filled with buttercream and topped with a hard caramel glaze. The doberge cake is based on a recipe originating in Alsace-Lorraine. Ledner replaced the buttercream filling of the Dobos Cake with a custard filling and iced the cakes with buttercream and a thin layer of fondant.

In 1946 Joe Gambino bought the name, recipe and retail shop, including her recipe for doberge cake. If you were looking for the original, you found it.

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History of King Cakes

The "king cake" takes its name from the biblical three kings. In Catholic liturgical tradition, the Solemnity of Epiphany - commemorated on January 6 - celebrates the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. The Eve of Epiphany (the night of January interior_history_king_cake5) is popularly known as Twelfth Night (the Twelve Days of Christmas are counted from Christmas Eve until this night). The season for king cake extends from the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas, up until Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday;" the day before the start of Lent. Some organizations or groups of friends may have "king cake parties" every week through the Carnival season. Whoever gets the King Cake baby is expected to buy the next cake for these get-togethers.

It’s believed the festivities of Carnival were brought to Louisiana by French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne Sieur d’Iberville. He led an expedition on behalf of the French crown and on March 2, 1699, he set up camp along the Mississippi River, 60 miles south of the present location of New Orleans. It just so happened the next day was Mardi Gras, and so began its celebration. The King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870. The official colors of Mardi Gras–created in 1872 by the Krewe of Rex–purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.

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