History of Mardi Gras King Cake and Recipe

It’s Fat Tuesday have you had your king cake? King cakes received their name from the three biblical kings who visited the newborn baby Jesus. According to Catholic tradition the three kings’ journey to Bethlehem took twelve days and concluded on the day of Epiphany. King Cake season begins after the Twelve Days of Christmas and concludes on Mardi Gras day.

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The king cake tradition was brought to New Orleans by colonist of France and Spain. While there are many different king cake styles the most popular version consists of a ring of twisted bread topped with icing or sugar. Food coloring is used to color the cake the traditional Carnival colors of purple, green, and gold. Some king cakes are filled with cream cheese or praline. Cajun King Cakes are deep fat fried and topped with sugar granules in the official Carnival colors of purple, green and gold. *Did you know the colors of carnival stand for The Passion of Christ (purple), hope (green), and the rewards of leading a Christian life (gold)? For more information on king cakes please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_cake.

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Don’t forget to place a small trinket, doll, coin, or toy in your cake! Traditionally the person who finds the trinket is responsible for preparing the next king cake!

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