Fairhope Supply Co. has so many wonderful out-of-state readers that have let me know they are a bit confused by all our crazines. So I thought I would shed some light on a sweet treat we love to eat during Mardi Gras . . .
King Cake is shaped in a ring or crown shape, and is made from cinnamon roll style dough. It is topped with a plain sugar frosting that is colored Mardi Gras colors of Green, Gold and Purple.
A trinket, usually a baby is hidden inside the cake, representing Baby Jesus. (remember – Mardi Gras leads up to Lent, then to Easter, so technically it’s a religious holiday, although “religious” may not be the right road to go down with this).
Often, King Cakes will be filled with cream cheese or a fruit filling. Whoever receives the slice of cake containing the baby is supposed to host the next party or provide the next cake, although I’ve never really seen that happen. You know, around here, people just like to exaggerate a bit. (I’ve never personally known anyone like that).
Certain bakeries are famous for their delicious King Cakes, but you can find them this time of year at just about every grocery store, gas station and hardware store. (That may be an exaggeration).
At one of my Mardi Gras soirees in the past, I was horrified to see a Mother calmly watching as her 9 year old daughter stood at the sideboard and ripped my King Cake apart in tiny little pieces, with her grimy little hands, so she could find the baby.
With my best southern belle smile, I said, “Oh, darlin’, you are getting your precious little hands all messy! Gracious, let me help you wash up, sugar pie!”
What I really meant was, “Do not grow up and date my son.”
They were not invited back. (And that’s no exaggeration).
We take King Cake seriously around here.
Happy Mardi Gras, y’all.
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