Eat & Drink
We celebrate everything with cake—birthday cake, wedding cake, and king cake! So who or what exactly are we honoring when we dive right into this carnival season treat? To put it simply, the king cake is made in observance of the Epiphany or Twelfth Night on which the three wise men came bearing gifts for the Christ Child. For locals the 12 Days of Christmas couldn’t go by fast enough until the eve, January 6, marking the beginning of king cake season!
These brightly iced cakes can come as plain or elaborate as you’d like them to be; however the purple, green, and gold colors are typically a staple of the cake’s decoration. Mostly found in bakeries and now most grocery stores, everyone has their own favorite recipe, with numerous fillings to choose from. What makes this sweet pastry even more interesting is that within each cake, a small plastic baby, which represents Jesus, is hidden in the dough. While it may be considered a choking hazard, you wouldn’t want to opt out for the baby since the “finder’s fee” is the purchase of the next cake.
Or better yet, don’t’ wait around for someone to find the baby. Get a king cake just for yourself at any of the locations below. Each one is uniquely made, with its own spin on the traditional king cake. In fact, you just might have to taste them all! Let’s just call it research.