...are you familiar with Kings Cake? Until a few weeks ago I had not had the pleasure...and I'm French...and Catholic!
As I was making the rounds, visiting some of my favourite blogs I came across a give-away at "Our Adventures in Home Improvement. It was for Kings Cake from SucreSweets. From their site:
King Cakes, sold each year from Kings' Day, January 6, to Mardi Gras Day – are a unique tradition in New Orleans, a city that embraces unique tradition.
It’s hard to speak of New Orleans without mentioning Mardi Gras and the Carnival season leading up to it. And every New Orleanian knows that you can’t truly experience Mardi Gras until you've savored a King Cake.
The king cake is enjoyed in many forms all over the world, but nothing compares to this authentic treat straight out of New Orleans. It’s a sweet, glazed cinnamon pastry designed in beautiful purple, green and gold tones – the official colors of Mardi Gras – best shared with friends and loved ones. Anyone who has spent any time in this great city will tell you, you just can’t get the real thing anywhere else.
Not only is this an awesome cake it has a surprise in it...a king (or baby) trinket. If you get the piece with the 'king' it is said to bring good luck and health, ensuring you good fortune for the year.
I was pretty excited to get my cake delivered all the way from Louisiana and the Sucre bakery.
The box was especially festive including Mardi Gras beads.
The cake was cinnamony and creamy, just the right amount of sweetness. And somewhere inside was the 'baby.' Since it was a fat Tuesday tradition and a celebration of our two February birthdays we had this cake at our get-together. After the birthday girls fav dinner (sgagetpi) we dug in~~hands and all. You will never guess who got the baby! You don't have to be three to enjoy the fun.
Thank you to Sucre for the great treat and to ouradventuresinhomeimprovement for hosting this give-away.
King's cake history can be found here