King Cake Recipe –Who Will Be Your Queen

Filed in Gather Food Essential by on February 16, 2010 0 Comments

Note you cannot prepare King Cake before 12th night or after Mardi Gras…

With that being said, King Cake became a Mardi Gras tradition with the first French settlers.  Like the Mardi Gras celebration, the King Cake did not take on a public role in the practice until after the Civil War.  In 1870 the Twelfth Night Revelers held their ball with the King Cake as their main attraction.  To pick their Queen they put a bean in the cake, whomever got that piece was declared the Queen of the ball.  The tradition has stuck, however, now the Twelfth Night Revelers have a wooden King Cake which has little drawers that the ladies pull open to reveal silver and gold beans; silver means you are on the court, the gold means you are the Queen.

Today the King Cake can be seen in all types of social circles, kids parties, office parties, not reserved only for society parties.

If you want to make your own, and I highly recommend it, here is a King Cake recipe from New Orleans’s own Emril Legasse.


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