It’s the time of year for king cakes to be decorating the shelves of your Brookshire’s bakery in their gold, purple and green splendor!
With tomorrow being Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, tonight is the perfect time to pick up your king cake for a celebration of Cajun culture.
King cakes in Cajun culture can be traced back to the 18th century in Mobile, Alabama. They’re also wildly popular in New Orleans (probably the unofficial capital of Mardi Gras), starting on the Feast of the Epiphany in January which celebrates the three kings who visited the infant Jesus.
King cakes can be a pastry or brioche. The Southern version is generally a baked brioche adorned in a simple sugar icing in Mardi Gras colors with matching colored sugar accents. Sometimes, they’re filled with almond cream, apples or other fruit filling, or in the case of one famous crewe, chocolate ganache. Baked inside each cake (or tucked inside the bakery box for you to insert yourself, for safety reasons) is a small plastic baby, representing the Christ child. As tradition holds, the person who gets the baby in their piece of cake has to provide the king cake for the next gathering.
King cakes are fun for your family, the office or a gathering of friends, so grab one tonight at Brookshire’s.