Picture of Mardi Gras King Cake
My family's favorite cake is King Cake!

A King Cake is associated with Mardi Gras (it is also linked with Epiphany and the Christmas season, according to Wikipedia). King Cakes have a small trinket (we use a small plastic golden baby or a coin) hidden beneath a slice. The person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket is King or Queen of the Day!

Sometimes the person who receives the "baby" must provide the King Cake for the next gathering of the season. It is the perfect way to guarantee a series of King Cakes!

The King Cake comes in a variety of styles. This instructable will demonstrate a traditional New Orlean's King Cake.

My daughter and I usually bake a Pillsbury 'Funfetti" cake version and call it good. But it is no comparison to a traditional King Cake. The traditional recipe is a ring of twisted bread topped with royal icing and decorated in Carnival colors of purple, green, and gold. (Gold for power, green for faith and purple for justice).

General information: The King Cake was served on "Little Christmas" or "Kings' Day" for the Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated Jan. 6. Although the ritual of the King Cake can be found during the days of the Roman Empire, King Cake parties in New Orleans are recorded back to the eighteenth century. (See the sites listed below).

One web site reports that NOLA bakeries sell 4,000-5,000 king cakes each day during the Carnival season, and cakes are shipped all over the world!

More Information:

ftking_83702 (author) 4 years ago
The 2011 King Cake. Made from scratch and is gluten free!
Thought to share. -r
tmoyers6 years ago
I was in hopes that this was a King Cake made from scratch. Do you have a recipe from scratch?
I must admit, I too was looking for a recipe, not a reference to a boxed mix (which may be perfect actually so maybe you might give that a whirls) I googled the subjuct and found many recipes



from various comments I are not be sure what one really is except there is a "baby" hidden in it or under a slice or you put a wedge or orange or a nut (assuming all are nut tolerant) in it .

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ftking_83702 (author)  tmoyers6 years ago
I do as a matter of fact. I will find some time to add it. This was a fun project to do with my daughter.
sojo6664 years ago
This recipe sounds awesomely delicious, but it's hard to duplicate a real traditional king cake! the traditional ones from gambino's and other bakeries around here have LOTS of cinnamon. Luckily i live in new orleans and can get the freshly made ones! Happy mardi gras!
Where do you get your little plastic baby? I used to have king cake every Mardi Gras growing up in Mobile, but I haven't found anywhere to get them in Chicago.
Before there were little plastic babies we used beans. Red beans are still the tradition at our house.
ftking_83702 (author)  evildorkgirl6 years ago
Good question. I have managed to hang onto mine from the box mix over the years. www.mardigrasoutlet.com sells a variety of Mardi Gras baby packages.
For example:
ftking_83702 (author) 6 years ago
This year' s pictures! (My wife and daughter made a King Cake on Mardi Gras!) Thought to share.
king cake 017.jpgking cake 019.jpg
OhEmGee6 years ago
Thanks! I love king cake, and come from a Cajun family! My grand pa called the blue bell company to get said king cake ice cream delivered to him. He has a freezer FULL of that ice cream, I mean like 50 gallons! So now he can have it year round. He is very proud of himself for that.
ftking_83702 (author)  OhEmGee6 years ago
You are welcome! Thanks for checking it out. (This year I posted a Beignet instructable!) Happy Mardi Gras!
I love Beignet's! We always get them at Cafe Du Monde when we visit the french (which is not often. :( ). I will be sure to check that one out as well.
OhEmGee6 years ago
Forgot to say...My family tells me that the trinket means that not only does it make you king/queen, but it also means you have to buy the next king cake. lol. Maybe that is their way of spending less money themselves. Haha.
ftking_83702 (author)  OhEmGee6 years ago
That's the way it works! Thanks for looking.
Sunny1246137 years ago
coolio,I would definately like this
Got my vote because i need to represent NOLA! Looks like a good recipe now i can eat it year round Have you tried Blue Bells King Cake ice cream?
...there's king cake ice cream? How's that work? I'm intrigued.
The ice cream has a cinnamon cake taste with little cinnamon cake bites, icing swirls, and purple green and gold sprinkles. I tried finding a picture of it but i couldn't. It is always in stores around Mardi Gras but i dont know if it is just a special blue bell does for NoLa.
I may have to keep an eye out for that next year. Neat! (Or I may have to try making some myself, next time I get my hands on an ice-cream maker...)
ece1237 years ago
What a fun idea to do with kids AND adult gatherings! Thanks!
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
looks good!


+1 vote.