What Is A King Cake?

The History Behind The King Cake

King Cake’s are a delicious pastry enjoyed by people throughout the world. The King Cake season goes from the Epiphany until the day before Ash Wednesday.  You can find King Cakes starting January 6th, or the Epiphany, to celebrate the Three Wise Men visiting the Christ Child. The season extends through the end of Mardis Gras, or Fat Tuesday.  This is the last day people typically enjoy glutenous foods until Easter.

 

Traditionally a small plastic baby accompanies the cake.  Some bakeries bake the trinket into the cake, whereas others leave it on the side for the host to place inside the cake. The baby was originally meant to symbolize baby Jesus, the man behind the celebration. Today, whoever receives the baby in their piece of cake is blessed with prosperity and is supposed to host next years Mardis Gras celebration. Some people even consider the person the “King” of the evening.

 

United States Celebrations

While the King Cake’s origins are routed in Christianity throughout the world, in the US is it a big part of Mardis Gras traditions. The cake is enjoyed throughout the Carnival season, particularly in the Southeastern States of Louisiana and Mississippi. The tradition is thought to have been brought over form France in the late 1800’s. The official colors of Carnival are purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. You will see many cakes decorated with these colors.

 

What is It Made Out Of?

A King Cake is a delicious pastry typically in a circular or oval shape. This is meant to represent a King’s crown and to symbolize the unity among Christians. Here at Apple Annie’s Bake Shop we make ours with our signature danish dough which we layer with almond filling & cinnamon.  The dough is braided, covered in yellow, green, & purple sugar, and baked to perfection. Of course, our cake does include a baby on the side (as per tradition)!