King Cake, ya gotta love 'em. In south Louisiana we take King Cake season very seriously. Even to the point of arguing about what bakery makes the best. This weekend I will try my hand at making one of these wondrous concoctions and will take pictures to share with you. Who knows I could be the next award winning King Cake baker. (People I have NEVER used yeast in my life!) I can assure you this will most likely be humours.
The tradition was brought to the area by colonists from France and Spain. King cake parties in New Orleans are documented back to the eighteenth century.
The king cake comes in a number of styles. The most simple is a ring of twisted bread, similar to a giant cinnamon roll topped with icing or sugar, usually colored purple, green, and gold (the traditional Carnival colors) with food coloring. Some varieties have filling inside, the most common being cream cheese followed by praline. My favorite is the oh so yummy strawberry creamcheese..
It has become customary in the southern culture that whoever finds the baby must provide the next king cake. This is always fun to do at work, although you hope you don't find the baby twice because it can become expensive. Small cakes can start at $14.95 and be as expensive as $60.00 not including shipping.