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Mardi Gras season is nearly in full swing and local bakery ovens are pushing out king cakes by the hundreds.

Shops around Acadiana are working overtime to feed their customers' need for the holiday treat but what does it take to keep up?

For bakers in Acadiana , there are only so many hours in a day and only so many king cakes they can move through their oven.

"We make king cakes year round but we'll make one or two during the week here and there and right now we're making anywhere between six and eight hundred a week right now." said Paul Hernadez.

So, how do some of the bakeries around Acadiana accommodate demand for the local Mardi Gras favorite. Paul Hernadez, production manager for Poupart's Bakery in Lafayette, says they don't add to their shifts just their work loads.

"We have another person we bring on and we do pretty much king cakes six days a week. All the time most of our other production falls behind during king cake season." said Hernadez.

Some bakeries in Acadiana began mass producing king cakes as early as January 1 with dozens of different flavors like bavarian, red velvet and cinnamon.

King cake eaters in Acadiana have their favorite shops, filings and styles which keeps supply high even when the demand starts to slow and then if you're lucky there's leftovers.

"We'll send it home with some of the employees or a few of our customers or what not." said Hernadez.

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