History of King Cakes
King cakes are an inseparable part of Mardi Gras celebrations every year starting January 6th, which is the 12th day after Christmas, and ends the Tuesday before Lent. This tradition began in New Orleans around 1870 and has been followed ever since. Nowadays, king cake parties are held at homes, schools, and offices throughout states with French roots.
Meaning of King Cakes
King cakes are not circular, but oval in shape and signify the unity of the faiths. King cakes are always drizzled with three prominent colors – purple, green, and gold each representing justice, faith, and power. The baby hidden inside the king cake tends to be to most exciting part. Whomever finds the plastic baby is bestowed with good luck and holds the responsibility of buying the next king cake.
Ingredients in King Cakes
At Market Basket, our king cakes are made from delicious cinnamon dough and are covered in a white-sugary icing, then drizzled with purple, green, and gold icing. We offer a variety of fillings such as bavarian, chocolate, cream cheese, lemon, strawberry, and many others.