A King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy, crossed between a coffee cake and a French pastry that is as rich in history as it is in flavor. The King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870.
It's decorated in royal colors of PURPLE which signifies "Justice," GREEN for "Faith," and GOLD for "Power." These colors were chosen to resemble a jeweled crown honoring the Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on the Epiphany.
The Mardi Gras or Carnival season officially begins on January 6th, also known as Twelfth Night" or the Epiphany. Jesus first showed himself to the three wisemen and to the world on this day. As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby is placed on each King Cake. Before serving your King Cake, hide the baby inside it. Whoever receives the piece of cake containing the baby is named "King" for a day and bound by custom to provide the King Cake.
King Cakes are available for purchase from January 6th through Easter.
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