Hello! I am in New Orleans for Mardi Gras! The tradition of the king cakes originated in France in 1870 to honor the three wise men. Today you will learn about these delicious cakes. Let's head to the kitchen!
The cake is traditionally in the form of an oval to symbolize unity. The bakers hide a plastic baby somewhere in the cake, and the person that gets that baby in their slice is the "king for the day." They must also buy the cake the following year.
I got the baby!
The king cake is usually the colors of Mardi Gras: violet, green, and gold. It is made of twisted cinnamon pâte, or dough. It can also be made with strawberries, lemons, or apples.