King Cake Story

We LOVE King Cakes around here... but do you know WHY we eat them? Let's take a quick look at the history of king cakes...

Carnival Season (Mardi Gras) officially begins 12 days after Christmas on January 6th or "Twelfth Night." It's also known to Christians as the "Epiphany."  Jesus first showed himself to the three wisemen and to the world on this day. As a symbol representing this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby is placed inside each King Cake.

This brings us to the King Cake itself and what is symbolizes.

• It is round like a crown, representing Christ’s role as the ultimate king, representing the three wise men who revealed Christ’s divinity, and representing the crowning of a temporary king for the carnival festivities.
• The colors of the sugar on the cake represent justice (purple), faith (green), and power (gold).
• While early cakes used a bean, symbolizing fertility and the return of the crops, today’s cakes have a small baby as the prize, reminding us again of the baby Jesus.

While the old tradition of whoever getting the prize becoming king for the festival, now in offices and homes around the world, the person who gets the baby is supposed to buy the next king cake for the next get together!

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