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King or Queen for a Day with a Traditional Mardi Gras King Cake

Allison Brooks
By Allison Brooks
Posted on Feb 08,2013
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,

Revelers on Bourbon Street in New Orleans pack the streets during Mardi Gras to celebrate and party hard for the days leading up to Fat Tuesday the traditional Mardi Gras day celebration.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Super Bowl Sunday was held down in New Orleans last week where folks always seem to let the good times roll.  This time of year is an especially festive time down south because in Louisiana and throughout the south it is Mardi Gras!  Revelers in our area can bring a little Mardi Gras and Louisiana tradition into their homes with a delicious pastry dessert cake known as a King Cake.

Parades take place from different organizations
and Krewes all month long leading up to the
HUGE Fat Tuesday celebration.

A king cake is a type of cake associated with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras or Carnival. The king cake is part of the Mardi Gras tradition and is served during Carnival season, which lasts from Epiphany Eve to Fat Tuesday.  This year Fat Tuesday falls on February 13th when Mardi Gras ends on Wednesday with the Christian observance of Ash Wednesday.

The ring-shaped king cake eaten down in Louisiana around Mardi Gras time is a cinnamon-laced, brioche-style iced confection decorated in green, purple, and yellow sugar. Traditionally a trinket or plastic baby (said to represent the Baby Jesus) was baked into the king cake; it is considered lucky to find it in one’s slice. These days, and in our region, this tradition is not always followed at bakeries due to choking hazards, but many cakes do come with a baby on the side.The person who gets the baby or trinket is declared the King or Queen of the day, and this person may also gain various privileges and obligations. The king or queen is usually obligated to supply the next king cake or host the next party or both.  Laissez les bons temps rouler! out of Louisiana for a traditional King Cake with Beads and Doubloons -  priced from $43.75-$72.05

Cake Decorator, Pam Willacker, shows off her King Cake, a Catholic pastry tradition found mainly in Louisiana, and extremely popular during Mardi Gras.

A traditional King Cake will have a plastic baby baked into the cake and whomever is served that slice is made king or queen for the day and also responsible for buying the cake for the next year.

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