King Cake is an ideal dessert for a number of celebrations. Prepare for a surprise and learn our recipe now!
King Cake is associated with a number of celebrations, beginning during the Christmas season and continuing through Lent. The unique traditions in various countries, as well as the ingredients in this cake, are truly endless.
Whether you look to Spain, Mexico, France or the United States, you're likely to find more than a few different versions, each area having its own unique King Cake, full of individuality.
In the southern United States, a King Cake is made to celebrate Mardi Gras, and King Cake parties are celebrated all through the pre-Lenten season up until Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.
This cake is usually a ring of of brioche-type bread - maybe with a hint of nutmeg or cinnamon - topped with sugary icing that gets sprinkled with the colors of the season.
Purple, green and gold symbolize justice, faith and power to honor the three kings. Lovely all on its own, sometimes the bread is even filled with cinnamon, praline, cream cheese, strawberries or dried fruit.
As you slice into this sweet cake, you may stumble upon a little surprise beyond the delectable fillings, so chew carefully! Each King Cake has one little bean, plastic baby or trinket hidden inside.
The lucky party-goer who ends up with the trinket has the privilege of providing the King Cake at the next get together or hosting the next party.
Inspired by this wonderful tradition, I filled this braid with both a cinnamon and a cream cheese filling, then glazed it and decorated it in the traditional Mardi Gras colors.
This cinnamon-kissed braid is rich in history and the perfect end to any Mardi Gras celebration. It’s also perfectly acceptable as breakfast, if you’re feeling indulgent!