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Food Focus: Mardi Gras King Cake

By admin | February 20, 2012

Photo: Back to the Cutting Board

Photo: Back to the Cutting Board

By: Michael Engle

Tomorrow is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday as some of us know it. Mardi Gras is a traditional Catholic celebration, marking the final day before Lent and is marked by lavish festivities across the Catholic world.  Meanwhile, in New Orleans, LA, Mardi Gras has evolved as a way of life, with parades being scheduled every day for a month in advance.  But no discussion about Mardi Gras in New Orleans is complete, however, without mentioning King Cake.

King Cake is, in its most simple form, a rich, yet simple, dessert that is iconic to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Borrowing from Spanish and French tradition, modern King Cake closely resembles brioche; traditionally, the brioche is either left plain or flavored with cinnamon.  It is, unlike its Old World counterparts such as rosca de reyes and galette des rois, almost always ring-shaped.  All King Cakes are adorned with the Mardi Gras colors: purple, green, and gold, which respectively represent justice, faith, and power.  These colors are most often accomplished by using colored sugar crystals, which are sprinkled over a white icing.  Read More

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My Mobile Mardi Gras

By mahir | March 8, 2011

By Erica Veal – Events Manager at Red Rooster Harlem

My family is from Mobile, Alabama. In Mobile, Mardi Gras starts two weeks before Ash Wednesday, with parades and that sort of thing. People are out there right now, partying, and celebrating. Read More

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Celebrating Mardi Gras With King’s Cake!

By mahir | March 7, 2011

King’s Cake is a centuries-old Mardi Gras tradition – covered with colored sugar of the three kings, yellow, green, and purple, a little toy Baby Jesus or a crowned king usually hides inside this cake as a surprise for a lucky individual! Read More

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