king cake


  • A king cake, also known as a three kings cake, is a cake associated in many countries with Epiphany.

  • “[23] Although still occasionally found in the United Kingdom, as the Industrial Revolution curtailed the celebration of the 12 days of Christmas during the Victorian era,[24]
    the cake declined in popularity to be replaced by the Christmas cake.

  • [30] Traditionally, a small porcelain baby,[31] symbolizing Jesus, is hidden in the king cake and is a way for residents of New Orleans to celebrate their Christian faith.

  • [25] United States[edit] Baby figure popularly used in Louisiana (U.S.) king cake In Louisiana and parts of the Gulf Coast region historically settled by the French, king
    cake is associated with Mardi Gras and is traditionally served from Epiphany until Carnival.

  • [2][5] The three kings cake is consumed throughout Epiphanytide until the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday.

  • Also included is the dried faba bean, and tradition dictates that whoever finds the fava has to pay for the cake next year.

  • It may be topped with icing or sugar, which may be colored to show the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.

  • [8] German-speaking countries[edit] The German and Swiss Dreikönigskuchen ‘Three king cake’ are shaped like wreathes or rounds, and uses an almond as the fève.

  • It was frequently baked with a bean hidden in one side and a pea hidden in the other; the man/lord finding the bean became King for the night, while the woman/lady finding
    the pea became the Queen[20] – also known as the Lord or Lady of Misrule.

  • To ensure a random distribution of the pieces, the youngest person is to place themselves under the table and name the recipient of each piece as they are cut.

  • A paper crown is included with purchased cakes to crown the “king” or queen who finds the “fève” or bean hidden inside the cake.

  • ‘king cake’) is a traditional Portuguese cake eaten from the beginning of December until Epiphany.

  • In 1978, the Madrid confectioners held a contest for a new sweet representing the city and the winner was a smaller roscón without liquor or lemon or orange peel or orange
    blossom water.

  • That person is also responsible for purchasing next year’s cake[33] or hosting the next Mardi Gras party.

  • 18th century actor Robert Baddeley’s will bequeathed £3 per annum to serve wine, punch and a Twelfth Night cake to the performers of the Drury Lane Theatre in the green room
    each Twelfth Night; the ceremony of the “Baddeley Cake” has remained a regular event, missed only 13 times in over 200 years, during wartimes or theatre closures.

  • [4] History The three kings cake takes its name from the Biblical Magi who are also referred to as the three kings.

  • It generally has an oval shape due to the need to make cakes large enough for large groups.


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