Mardi Gras King Cake

United States
February 18, 2009 8:26pm CST
Have you ever tried King cake? I bought some tonight and I find it to be very sweet. Have you ever tried it? What is the reason theres a little plastic baby in it? What does it mean if you get the baby?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36493)
• United States
19 Feb 09
i have never had it & know nothing about it.
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• United States
19 Feb 09
Well your not missing anything. I didnt like it very much. To sweet for my taste and very messy.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36493)
• United States
19 Feb 09
good, don't want to miss anything. lol
• United States
19 Feb 09
Whoever gets the baby will have good luck for the upcoming year. (And they are typically responsible for buying the cake the following year). Yes, it's sweet. I love Mardi Gras.
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• United States
19 Feb 09
Thanks! It is very very sweet and sticky too.
@Canellita (12061)
• United States
24 Feb 09
According to Kathie Lee the little plastic baby represents the baby jesus. This was news to me as it apparently has been to a number of other non-catholic folks. I looked it up on wikipedia and there was a lot of information on the history that you just never hear about. The best king cakes came from McKenzie's, a bakery that no longer exists. Not all king cakes are created equal and I had one from Rouse's that left a lot to be desired. The traditional ones are the best and they are the best representation. That new stuff with the fillings that came along in the last decade is just oversized danish.
@Canellita (12061)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Oh, by the way, the cake itself isn't really cake. It's a large ring shaped bread with colored sugar on top. Some have icing on top before the colored sugar is applied but the "cake" itself is not sweet. Of course today there are many variations on the theme. As for the baby, if you get it at a party like at school or work you're supposed to buy the next one. Some places offer prizes if you get the baby from a cake they have provided at an event or celebration.