King Cake

 

 

The origin of the king cake can be traced back to 17th century France. It was later introduced to Louisiana in the 18th century by French Settlers. 

The dough is similar to that of a coffee cake. Some typical ingredients include milk, butter, active yeast, sugar, and cinnamon. 

They are usually eaten from January 6th which is Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, until Mardi Gras day, which is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. 

King CakeThe popularity of this favorite South Louisiana treat is starting to spread throughout the country and is no longer limited to just the New Orleans area. In recent years some variations have started to come about as people are requesting that theirs be made with Bourbon, cream cheese, pralines, and just about any kind of fruit filling you can imagine.  

They are usually sprinkled with three colors of sugar, purple, gold and green, which are the colors of Mardi Gras. 

The one pictured here was bought from Rouses Supermarket in Slidell, LA, which has an awesome bakery!  

If you look closely you will see the little baby on the green sugar on top.  The baby is hidden inside (from the bottom) and the person who gets the piece containing the baby then has to give the next party.  We party a lot in South Louisiana, so we eat a bunch of 'em every year!

Here's a recipe that you might want to try. It has 17 ingredients and takes an hour to prepare and another 30 minutes to bake. 

 

 

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