The King Cake is as much a part of Carnival season as Mardi Gras Day itself. The city’s favorite sweet tradition celebrates the arrival of the three kings at Jesus’ birth on the Twelfth Night (January 5), the Eve of Epiphany.
What is a King Cake? Imagine cinnamon roll dough that is twisted in a circle with just one layer of cinnamon for a light flavor. On top is sugar icing which is decorate with either colored icing or sprinkles (or both) of the Mardi Gras colors: purple, green, and gold. Little divots may hold flavored fillings such as apple, pineapple, lemon, and strawberry, or our favorite, cream cheese.
Inside, a tiny plastic baby (to represent Baby Jesus) awaits in a cocoon of cake until one lucky person discovers it in a slice. He/she must then hold the next Carnival party or buy the next king cake.
This beloved bakery item is highly anticipated by New Orleanians every year, and even Angela (who doesn’t like donuts) has found herself craving the next one just moments after finishing the last.
Not in town during Carnival season? No worries...make your own! King cake recipe