King Cakes Origin and Recipes.

By Posted in - Blog & Destinations & Louisiana & USA on March 28th, 2017 Come along with me as I discover King Cakes Origin and Recipes

Come along with me as I discover King Cakes Origin and Recipes

King Cakes Origin and Recipes

I recently was on a trip to Lake Charles, Lousiana for Mardi Gras where I encountered the making of a King Cake! “A what, I asked?” Being from the South, you would think I would have heard of all the desserts out there but never had I heard those words before. There are some words related to food that we eat knowing nothing more than it tastes delicious! Then there are foods that have such a rich history that you can’t help but ask for more information. King Cakes are one of those…

King Cakes Origin and Recipes

Come along with me as I discover King Cakes Origin and Recipes

A King Cake is similar to a frosted coffee cake and is sprinkled with sugars dyed in the Mardi Gras colors of green, purple, and gold. King Cakes are sort of a cross between a coffee cake and a French pastry, but King Cakes have a very different ingredient in each one which makes you wonder why it is there:

A King Cake has a tiny, plastic baby baked into the cake!

“Say what?”

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The plastic baby is meant to represent baby Jesus when he first showed himself to the three wise men. Consider it good luck if your slice contains the figurine! The cake itself is decorated with different colors and each color represents something different:

The King Cake itself is decorated with different colors and each color represents something different:

Green represents faith,

Come along with me as I discover King Cakes Origin and Recipes

Purple represents justice,

Come along with me as I discover King Cakes Origin and Recipes

and gold represents power.

Come along with me as I discover King Cakes Origin and Recipes

Altogether, the colors represent a jeweled crown in honor of the three wise men. At a traditional Lousiana party, the King Cake is sliced and the person who receives the baby in their piece is the one that brings a King Cake to the next party.

King Cakes Origin and Recipes

King Cakes are a big part of Mardi Gras throughout Lousiana. In fact, it’s common belief that the tradition came from France to New Orleans in 1870. Today, I found many different King Cake recipes you can enjoy. Just don’t forget the main ingredient, a small, plastic baby!

King Cakes Origin and Recipes

Come along with me as I discover King Cakes Origin and Recipes

Mardi Gras King Cake | Barbara Bakes

30-Minute King Cake | Frog Prince Paperie

King Cake Bites | Plain Chicken

Traditional Kings Cake | Today’s Mama

King Cake Monkey Bread | MomDot

King Cakes Origin and Recipes

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King Bundt Cake | Brown Eyed Baker

Cream Cheese Filled King Cake | Liv Life Too

Cinnamon Roll King Cake | Tastemade

Gluten Free King Cake | Boulder Locavore

King Cake Cupcakes | Nola Mommy

King Cakes Origin and Recipes

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King Cake Dip | Homemade Hooplah

King Cake Cheesecake | Kitchen Belleicious

Pecan Praline Cream Cheese King Cake | Texanerin

King Cake Oreo Truffles | Jam Hands

King Cake Bars | CS Monitor

King Cakes Origin and Recipes

Come along with me as I discover King Cakes Origin and Recipes

King Cake Cheese Ball | Dip Recipe Creations

Vegan King Cake | Kittee Kake

Cinnamon Cream Cheese King Cake | Spiced Blog

King Cake Muffins | Blogging Babies and The Bayou

King Cake Donuts | Cooking on The Front Burners

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It is said that New Orleans sells at least 500,000 King Cakes during Carnival!

Disclosure:  My fun time eating and making King Cakes was with the Lake Charles, Lousiana Tourism Board who also hosted me during Mardi Gras.

(11) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • Amy (Two Drifters) - Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I absolutely love the colors on all these cakes! Got my mouth watering now….yummy! 500,000 cakes is a lot of cakes too…think of the calories! lolll

  • SJ - Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Those cakes look too pretty and colorful to eat! I’d never eat it and leave on the table as a centerpiece.

  • Sandra - Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    How does the plastic baby not melt? I imagine there would be a melted mess of plasticky goo in the cake and I wouldn’t want that slice, haha.

    • Cacinda Maloney - Reply

      April 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      That is an excellent question, I have no idea! Must be made of heat-resistant plastic!

  • Samantha - Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I love King Cake! My mom gets it each year for Fat Tuesday, though I haven’t had it in over 6 years since I’m not normally home. Got the plastic baby in mine this year though! I actually didn’t really know a ton about the history behind them, just that we eat them every year!

  • Sabine - Reply

    April 2, 2017 at 3:23 am

    I first discovered the King Cake when I was living in Spain. They have it on the 6th of January and the one who gets the plastic figure in the cake is the “King for that year”, as a reference to the three Kings. The decoration is different but also has very bright colours and of course it tastes so good.

  • Sofie - Reply

    April 6, 2017 at 7:47 am

    I had no idea they do King Cake over there! It’s pretty big in Belgium, although we don’t decorate it with all the sugary stuff and colors 🙂 We have a rather sturdy thick round cake which also has something inside and whoever finds it, gets the crown and is king for a day 🙂

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