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The King Cake Challenge!

posted Jan 24, 2016, 9:47 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 7:42 AM ]
As our parish prepares for its annual Mardi Gras Celebration on February 6th, some members of our music ministry are rehearsing a few of the most popular songs you hear at Mardi Gras to play for you live that night! So why don’t you prepare by making a homemade King Cake?

King cake is an oval braided cinnamon pastry, iced in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold; representing justice, faith and power. Fancier ones are filled with cream cheese or pecan caramel. A small, plastic baby is hidden inside before it’s frosted, and the person who finds the baby is “king” for the day, and must either provide the next king cake or host the next party. And whoever gets a baby on Mardi Gras day starts the tradition all over again next January 6!

So since we’re making homemade Mardi Gras music, why not try baking a King Cake yourself? Many recipes can be found online; from traditional ones with yeast and lard to simplified ones using Pillsbury cinnamon roll dough! Or you can buy Mam Papaul’s King Cake Mix online! We have some plastic babies in the rectory, so you can pick one up for your cake and you won’t need to worry about where to find that necessary ingredient. Some supermarkets and craft stores carry the colored sugars, or you can buy those online. Or use paste or gel food coloring to color the icing. (Cream cheese frosting is my favorite!) But remember, the colors need to be vivid, not pastel or they’ll look Easter-ish. And if you bring your King Cake to the Mardi Gras dinner, I’ll be happy to taste it for you!