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Celebrate Mardi Gras with a King Cake. Everything you need to know to whip up a traditional New Orleans King Cake.
What is in a King Cake?
Celebrate Mardi Gras with a King Cake. Everything you need to know to whip up a traditional New Orleans King Cake.A King cake is eaten to celebrate Mardi Gras during carnival season and is a favorite at Mardi Gras parties. The King Cake’s circular shape represents the path the three kings took to find Jesus in Bethlehem and or the shape of a king’s crown. The sugar topping is in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple (Justice), gold (Power) and green (Faith). The colorful sugar topping also represents a jeweled crown in honor of the three Wise Men who visited Jesus on Epiphany.
What does it mean to get the baby in the King Cake?
A plastic baby is hidden in the cake, symbolizes the Christ child. The person who gets the baby is supposed to have good luck for a year and is to buy the next king cake, or in some cases, host the next king cake party.
When do you eat a Mardi Gras King Cake?
A king cake is eaten between January 6, otherwise known as King’s Day or Twelfth Night, and Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras Day or Shrove Day) is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is a day when people eat all they want of anything they want before Ash Wednesday starts. Ash Wednesday is the beginning Lent, the long fasting period for Christians.
King Cake Recipe
What Does a King Cake Taste Like?
While I think my King Cake turned out well and tasted really good, I have never eaten the real thing! What does a King Cake taste like? Mine tasted like a soft cinnamon roll. However, the taste will vary by where you are celebrating. In France, the cake is called Galette des Rois or Gâteau des Rois and in Spain and Latin America, it’s Roscón or Rosca de Reyes (King’s Ring). In the United States, it is made from a braided, sweet, cinnamon-flecked brioche dough, baked in an oval shape ring, and topped with white glaze and purple green and gold sanding sugar. Some are even filled with a cream cheese filling. If you celebrate Mardi Gras with a King Cake—please give us some details!
Find the small plastic babies at cake decorating store or party store. It does seem wrong to hide something in a cake that clearly says choking hazard on the package! If it worries you to bake the plastic, just shove it inside the cake after it is baked but before you frost the cake.
King Cake Ingredients
- 1 pckg package active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm milk
- 4 Tablespoons sugar
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened, cut into pieces
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 2/3 cup packed light brown suga
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons milk add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. About 2 tablespoons.
- sanding sugar green, purple, and yellow for decorations on top of the glaze