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