I’ve been thinking about making this all week …
the King Cake for Mardi Gras.
I have no idea why … Just wanted to make one and say I did it.
The King Cake is a traditional New Orleans cake … kinda like a glorified cinnamon roll. Sometimes other fillings are used like apple or pecans. A little baby Jesus is inserted in the cake. Whoever gets that piece is King for the day! And it supposed to hold the next King Cake party.
This is what Wikipedia says:
A king cake (sometimes rendered as kingcake, kings’ cake, king’s cake, or three kings cake) is a type of cake associated with the festival of Epiphany in the Christmas season in a number of countries, and in other places with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras / Carnival. It is popular in the Christmas season (Christmas Eve to Epiphany) in France, Belgium and Switzerland (”galette” or gâteau des Rois), Portugal (bolo rei), Spain and Spanish America (roscón or rosca de reyes and ”tortell” in Catalonia), Greece and Cyprus (”vasilopita”) and Bulgaria (banitsa). In the United States, which celebrates Carnival mainly in the Southeastern region, and Louisiana and New Orleans in particular, it is associated with Mardi Gras traditions.
The cake has a small trinket (often a small plastic baby, sometimes said to represent Baby Jesus) inside, and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations (such as buying the cake for the next celebration).
are you ready????