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A king cake made of Louisiana staples is becoming a hot commodity for those looking for a twist on the original recipe. And the idea came from an unlikely source: the head of the Philosophy, History and Geography Department at UL.

"I have a king cake website, and I have a Boudin website, and I was looking for something that might bring those two things together," Bob Carriker said.

And he did. The Boudin King Cake. Carriker posted his invention to his website and says it took off.

"After receiving literally hundreds of emails from across the country and being swamped and realizing I have no ability to do this whatsoever," Carriker said. "I decided to come down here to Twins and see if they might want in on this."

"It was a Boudin stuffed bread topped with cracklin crumbs with Steen's Syrup drizzled on top of it," Billy Guilbeaux, co-owner of Twins, said. "He asked if we could make one."

"And it was awesome, because they said 'yeah that makes sense. I think we can do that. Let's give it a shot'" Carriker said.

That was last Friday. Less than a week later, Twins is Baking over a hundred each day.

"Denny here mixes the dough, same as our hamburger buns, and stuffs it with Boudin that we make here with the help of Earl's Boudin and bakes it with the cracklin crumbs over the top and we put each king cake with a bottle of Steen's Syrup," Billy Guilbeaux said.

The hype about the Boudin King Cake is not just in Lafayette though. Billy Guilbeaux said they've had people coming from Houston and New Orleans stopping by Twins to get theirs.

"I'm getting emails from people from Alaska to New York to Washington to Florida literally across the entire country wanting to see these things shipped to their front door. And they don't just want one. They want four or five," Carriker said.

Keeping up with demand is no easy task. Co-owner Denny Guilbeaux arrived at Twins at 2:30 this morning to start baking the cakes.

"My wife's pregnant, so she is not due until March," Denny Guilbeaux said. "That's good. I'm glad she's not having the baby now, because I wouldn't be able to go to the hospital to see my baby born."

As for Carriker, he's just enjoying seeing his idea come to life.

"I've never been apart of anything like this," Carriker said.

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