Mardi Gras King Cake

King Cake is a glazed and sugared yeast bread ring that is a New Orleans tradition for Mardi Gras. Serve this cake to revelers throughout the Carnival season and on Fat Tuesday.
Mardi Gras King Cake

This was my first foray into King Cake territory. It’s been on my baking bucket list for as long as I’ve been blogging – more than 10 years now! I’m not sure how it slipped through the cracks, but I believe it has something to do with how quickly January and February seem to slip away before I know it. I decided to make it a priority this year. I love a confection with a story, and this bread comes with a rich history of tradition.

Louisiana-style king cake is usually decorated in the colors associated with Mardi Gras: green, gold, and purple which represents faith, power, and justice. It’s served from Epiphany in January throughout the Carnival season which ends on Fat Tuesday in late February. A small plastic baby (representing the Christ child) is hidden inside, and the guest who finds the trinket in their piece of cake gets to be king for the day – and also has to host next year’s celebration!
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