King Cake Story
The traditional pre-Lenten King Cake is consumed at parties from the twelfth day after Christmas until the end of Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.
The King Cake was popularized in New Orleans. Yet, this pre-Mardi Gras coffee cake actually has its roots in the Epiphany, the Christian religious holiday on January 6, which represents the Three Wise Men who discovered the Christ Child.
What is the King Cake story? King Cake has its roots in the celebration of the birth of Christ. This oval coffee cake, traditionally, has a special gift baked inside to represent the gift of the Christ Child.
Latin and European cultures around the world have different customs for what gift is baked inside. You might find a coin, a pea, a bean, or a plastic baby (we do not bake the baby inside because of our fear someone may accidentally choke on it). The person who is lucky enough to find the gift in their slice is truly blessed, indeed.
The cake is decorated in official Mardi Gras colors. Green stands for faith, gold represents power, and purple represents justice. These are blessings of the New Year and qualities sure to bring you prosperity and happiness.