Citizens, we are coming up on that Bacchanalic festival that is Mardi Gras, and where there is Mardi Gras there MUST be King Cake!
Also known as King’s Day, Mardi Gras marks the start of merrymaking that continues until the grand finale on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.
Similar to coffee cake, this ring-shaped dessert celebrating Mardi Gras is as rich in tradition and history as it is in color and taste. Trademark decorations – sugars in the royal colors of purple (justice), green (faith), and gold (power) – honor the three kings who visited the Christ child on Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas.
A bean or plastic baby figurine is traditionally embedded in the cake – whoever gets it in their slice is king or queen of the evening, and may do as they please or order others as they see fit. However, they are also responsible for throwing the next year’s Mardi Gras party!
Most King Cakes tend toward dryness, but my version of King Cake includes a delicious cream cheese filling tinted a royal shade of purple by my use of blueberry peach butter. I color the icing with the same ingredient. I also replace the cinnamon flavor with cardamom, which I prefer. For a more traditional flavor, go back to cinnamon. You can easily buy my choice of Stonewall Kitchen Blueberry Peach butter – get it here
Enjoy your Mardi Gras, my citizens – try enjoying this preceded by some delicious Creole Jambalaya!
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