Married to the Empire

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mardi Gras



Having spent a good part of my youth in a suburb of New Orleans, I can't let Mardi Gras pass without King Cake! Unfortunately, Texans can't get it right. The horrors they attempt to pass off as King Cake at the grocery stores are like eating paper. I have to make my own. Oh, sweet decadence!

5 comments:

*carrie* said...

Anne Marie,

I've had king cake just once--brought up here to IA by a friend who grew up in LA. I seem to recall it had a plastic baby inside and whoever found it inside their piece was to buy the cake the next year. Is that correct? Do you incorporate that tradition?

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

Yes, that's the tradition. My recipe actually makes 2 cakes, but I only had 1 baby. I put the baby inside the king cake that I sent to work with my husband.

When I was a kid, we had king cake parties at school on Fridays during Mardi Gras season. I think the teacher usually brought in the first cake, then the person who got the baby brought in the next one. It was always exciting to be the one to find the baby.

Jen said...

Ah, gosh! I miss KING CAKE! Living up north STINKS!!! It's all pancake dinners and such but no king cake.

*sigh* I miss Louisiana...

ashley @ twentysixcats said...

I had never heard of king cake before I read it on your blog!! Why does it have the name "king cake"?

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

Ashley, I should be able to answer your question, considering we had to learn the history of the king cake in school in order to incorporate Mardi Gras parties into the lessons. However, I don't remember a thing I learned!