Mardis Gras is Tuesday, March 8th this year, so you have a week to plan some fun for family and friends! Below is a little history and a simple way to make your own Kings Cakes - they're a special way to share in the celebration. King Cakes are a tradition that have been enjoyed in New Orleans since the 1870s. As part of the celebration of Mardi Gras, it is traditional to bake an oval cake in honor of the three kings, hence the name King Cake. Mardi Gras begins on the twelfth day after Christmas which is also known as “Kings Day” and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday when Lent begins. King’s Day is the day the 3 kings visited the baby Jesus with their gifts of gold, frankincense & myrrh.
Everything about the King Cake represents this event and the Mardi Gras celebration. The shape of a King Cake symbolizes the unity of faiths of the three Kings. Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors: purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power and a small plastic baby, symbolizing the baby Jesus, is baked into each cake. The person, whose slice of cake contains the baby, receives good luck and blessing and is responsible for bringing the King Cake to the next party or gathering.
King Cake Short-Cut Recipe
Make your own King Cake with this easy recipe I modified from Holidays.net.
Directions: The traditional King Cake is made from twisted strands of cinnamon dough, topped with icing, and sprinkled with purple, green, and gold colored sugar. Here is an quick and simple take on the traditional recipe.