Here's a little history on the King Cake. It is believed to have originated in 12th century France. They honor the three kings or wise men. The round shape symbolizes their circular route. Purple, green, and gold, traditional Mardi Gras colors, represent justice, faith, and power, respectively. I've also seen many black and gold King Cakes this season. Sorry, no, not Steelers colors this year. We're celebrating the Saints! Anyway, historically, a bean, pea, or coin was hidden inside the cake. The person who found the hidden object was declared King for the day or granted good luck for the year. Today, a tiny plastic baby, representing baby Jesus, might be hidden. To prevent choking in small children, they're usually sold with the cake, but not inside, the hiding left to the discretion of the buyer. Bon appetit!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Eric mentioned the other day that he hasn't had any King Cake yet this Mardis Gras season. King Cakes are only sold during Mardi Gras (this year Jan. 6-Feb. 16) so one has a limited time frame in which to eat them. I picked one up in the grocery store yesterday. Sometimes they're really good, sometimes, eh, not so much. They're not cake-like at all, more like a giant danish, and they come in all flavors; strawberry, blueberry, apple, lemon, etc. Our favorites are cream cheese and bavarian creme. The fruit ones are too goopy and overly sweet. The one I bought yesterday, above, is bavarian creme and very fresh. Excellent. It's almost gone already.