Mardi Gras Tradition – “Find The Baby!”
With our Mardi Gras Weekend fast approaching here this weekend we decided to dive into a little Mardi Gras tradition and find out what makes this tradition, a tradition for all New Orleanians! This tradition is that of the infamous King Cakes! This weekend on Saturday and Sunday we are actually going to have King Cakes, delivered straight from New Orleans here for all our customers to taste…and hopefully find the baby!! Curious as to what in the world we are talking about? And who in the heck would bake a plastic baby into a cake?! Well continue reading and you will find out all about this tradition!!
First, lets start of with Epiphany, which is celebrated in all European countries, which marks the coming of the wise men who brought gifts to the Christ Child, it is celebrated throughout the world by exchanging gifts and feasting. One of the most popular that is celebrated is the making of the “Kings Cake” which represents the three kings that brought gifts. A plastic baby is baked inside the King Cake and the tradition is whoever receives the baby in their piece of cake must buy the next King Cake or throw the next party! The King Cakes are a cinnamon filled dough and is shaped in a hollow circle. The cake is iced with a glazed topping with three colors: Purple (representing Justice), Green (representing Faith) and Gold (representing Power). That is how King Cakes started, now I am sure you are asking, “Why in the world is a plastic baby baked inside?!”
Well, this tradition begins on Kings Day, at the start of Mardi Gras season. It celebrated that the person who “got the baby!” is now seen as the King or Queen of the party being held!
So be sure to come down this weekend, try out some King Cake, find the baby for your chance to be the King or Queen of our Mardi Gras party and get a $100 RSHD giftcard!! **for your safety please be sure to check for the baby before you eat the cake! We do not want any choking hazards! It’s all about the fun!!