King Cake Recipe for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a celebration filled with bright colors, fun food and tradition.  Nothing exemplifies that combination better than a King Cake.

The cinnamon filled cake itself sounds delicious, but I am fascinated by the origin and significance of the King Cake.

After reading about the history and the meaning behind the chosen colors, I understand why the King Cake would garner such loyalty from Mardi Gras enthusiasts.  There is even a little surprise baked into the cake for one fortuitous guest.

The cake is topped with a sweet glaze and sprinkled with colored sugars in the gold, purple, and green colors often associated with Mardi Gras. Purple represents justice, green represents faith, and gold stands for power. Some modern King Cakes also contain various fillings. The King Cake also contains a very “special ingredient”, which is a baby.

I love the suggestion to host a children's party.  What a fabulous opportunity to teach history and tradition to a child by simply offering this fantastic and colorful treat!

Read here, to learn all about the tradition, the history, the significance of the King Cake.

Recipe & Image Credit:  How to Make a King Cake 

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  1. I've always wanted to try a King Cake. Thanks for the post.

  2. I remember hearing about the King Cake and it's significance at Mardi Gras parties, but had forgotten. What a nice reminder (and a delicious looking recipe). Be fun to bake one.


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