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Tuesday, February 13, the day before Ash Wednesday. During this time of year, one of the most beloved traditions
in New Orleans is that of the King Cake.
On the Christian calendar, the twelfth day after Christmas is known as "Epiphany", "Twelfth Night", or "Kings Day."
It is the day the gift-bearing Magi visited the baby Jesus, and is celebrated with its own unique rituals.
As part of the celebration of Mardi Gras, it is traditional to bake an oval cake in honor of the three kings - the King
Cake. The shape of a King Cake symbolizes the unity of faiths. Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras
colors: purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power. A small baby, symbolizing the
baby Jesus, is baked into each cake.
In New Orleans, King Cake parties are held throughout the Mardi Gras season. In offices, classrooms, and homes
throughout the city, King Cakes are sliced and enjoyed by all. Like the biblical story, the "search for the baby" adds
excitement, as each person waits to see in whose slice of cake the baby will be discovered. While custom holds
that the person who finds the baby in their slice will be rewarded with good luck, that person is also traditionally
responsible for bringing the King Cake to the next party or gathering.
The traditional King Cake is made from twisted strands of cinnamon
dough, cream cheese and fruit toppings, all topped with icing, and
sprinkled with purple, green, and gold colored sugar.
We let you hide the baby in cake to add to your own enjoyment
of the celebration.
Carnival Season, January 6 thru February 13 they are popular as well.
Mardi Gras King Cakes