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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