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!
Step 1: Gather Tools and Ingredients:
In addition to the box of Mam Papaul's Mardi Gras King Cake Mix (available on the internet) you will need:
1 cup hot water
1 stick of butter
Blender (not necessary)
Step 3: Add Water, Butter and Egg
Step 4: Rise and Roll
Step 5: Add Brown Sugar-Pralines
Step 6: May the Circle Never Be Broken
Step 8: Royal Icing
Step 9: Decorate!
Step 10: Hide the Baby!
Note: Some say the baby represents the baby Jesus.
Step 11: King or Queen of the Day!
My kids anxiously await cake eating time, and I let them choose where their piece will come from! King Cakes are a great event in our home!
(As of tonight, the golden baby has not been found, and only about 3 slices remain!).
Last year, we held a King Cake party, and the person who received the golden baby was responsible for the next party.
Serving Size: 98g
Total Fat: 12g
Total Carbs 55g