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King Cake from Haydel's Bakery in New Orleans!

From our "Perrier Krewe" in New Orleans!! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!!!!


The Tradition of Mardi Gras King Cakes


The King Cake is believed to have originated in France around the 12th century. These early Europeans celebrated the coming of the three wise men bearing gifts twelve days after Christmas calling it the Feast of the epiphany, Twelfth Night, or King's Day.


The main part of the celebration was the baking of a King’s Cake to honor the three Kings. The cakes were made circular to portray the circular route used by the kings to get to the Christ Child, which was taken to confuse King Herod who was trying to follow the wise men so he could kill the Christ Child. In these early King Cakes a bean, pea, or coin was hidden inside the cake. The person who got the hidden piece was declared King for the day or was said to have good luck in the coming year.


In New Orleans, Twelfth Night also signifies the beginning of the carnival season which ends with Mardi Gras Day. The bean, pea and the coin have been replaced by a small plastic baby to symbolize the Christ Child. The person who gets the baby is expected to carry on the carnival festivities by hosting the next King Cake party.


  • c0gnate 5y

  • Pauline Bellman 5y

    Neat composition kim,iam not keen on the brioche style cake but the tradition is lovely.
  • Ronnie Anderson 5y

    Well that looks like you are ready for a full blown Mardi Gras party!
  • artsychameleon | fotografi 5y

    beautiful colors & composition Kim.
  • Britta-Karin Engberg 5y

    Great info. Nice take, I like that you included those pics! Good!
  • Kim 5y

    Thank you, c0gnate!!! YUM!

    Thank you, Pauline! You might make an exception for this one- filled with cream cheese! OH MAN!!! :)

    Thank you, redrocker!!! It was a great day! Would have been nice to be in New Orleans, but we made the best of it!!!

    Thank you, BK! We celebrated in a quieter way, but still very colorful and good things to eat!!

    YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!
  • BT3Lady 5y

    All the King Cake gone? I could use a slice!!
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