Monday, February 6, 2012

Mardi Gras King Cakes

My neighbor called today to order a King Cake. I had made King Cakes before for a friend, so I was familiar with them. So, I went shopping for a baby to insert into the King Cake after it was baked and here is the finished product...

This is the cute little baby I found  at Hobby Lobby to insert into the cake.

I thought you might enjoy reading more about the King Cake tradition...

The king cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870. A King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy, crossed between a coffee cake and a French pastry that is as rich in history as it is in flavor. It's decorated in royal colors of PURPLE which signifies "Justice," GREEN for "Faith," and GOLD for "Power." These colors were chosen to resemble a jeweled crown honoring the Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany. In the past such things as coins, beans, pecans, or peas were also hidden in each King Cake.
Today, a tiny plastic baby is the common prize. At a party, the King Cake is sliced and served. Each person looks to see if their piece contains the "baby." If so, then that person is named "King" for a day and bound by custom to host the next party and provide the King Cake.

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