Traditionally the Parker family enjoys our first king cake on January 6th, the first day of the Carnival season. Even though we no longer live in the land of Mardi Gras, we still need the king cake.
I did not plan ahead appropriately, so this year we received our king cake one week late. It arrived in the box with a packet of icing and three little cups of sugar, purple, green, and gold. It was a decorate-it-yourself king cake, which stunned the grownups in our house and delighted the children. We must have done okay with the decorating, because it tasted just as wonderful as usual.
If you’re not familiar with the king cake, here are a few fun facts:
*The king cake is named after the Wise Men who brought gifts to baby Jesus.
*The colors on the cake are the colors of Mardi Gras.
Purple stands for justice
Green stands for faith.
Gold stands for power.
*There is a plastic baby inside each cake. The person who finds the baby in his/her piece of cake should buy the next king cake.
*King cakes are plain dough with icing and colored sugar on top, but they can also be filled with cream cheese, praline or fruit filling.
*The Parker family prefers praline and cream cheese.
Have you ever enjoyed king cake? What is your favorite flavor?