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King Cake
15 January 2005

King Cake

Metairie, Louisiana

The Carnival season officially begins in Louisiana on January 6, King's Day or Twelfth Night. The Twelfth Night Revelers, a New Orleans' Carnival Krewe (organization) that dates to the 1800's, holds its carnival ball and each maid is given a piece of King Cake. The maid who has the golden bean or the baby in her piece of cake becomes Queen of Twelfth Night Revelers and is toasted with champagne.
King Cake parties are held every day beginning January 8 and until Mardi Gras in homes, schools, and wherever people gather and whoever gets the baby has to host the next King Cake party. As you can see we love to party.
The traditional King Cake is made with a brioche dough and is lightly dusted with sugar in the colors of Mardi Gras, purple, green and gold.

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Hubert Steed22-Jan-2005 01:59
Oh... this is sooo tempting. Very nice photo. Could be in Gourmet Magazine.
Lisa Schlender16-Jan-2005 07:33
Beautiful presentation!
Gayle P. Clement16-Jan-2005 04:29
Looks good!
jude16-Jan-2005 02:32
Great. now I want something sweet..
Fun pic.. and sounds like a FUN thing to do..
petesie16-Jan-2005 01:33
Party, party, party. Sounds good, Coleen, and I like the way you explain it. Thanks.
Neal Nye16-Jan-2005 00:38
It certainly looks festive. It makes me wonder if I'm missing something living up here in the frozen north.
Tom Darby15-Jan-2005 23:34
Very pretty and appetizing! I learned something today too, thanks!
Pepe Zyman15-Jan-2005 22:40
Sounds like a lot of fun!
Jim B15-Jan-2005 21:53
My question is: does King Cake taste good? It sure looks like it. Nice photo.
laine8215-Jan-2005 21:31
Great colours & tradition Coleen. You must all have boundless energy to keep up with all this celebration..!!
Lee Rudd15-Jan-2005 21:30
it looks wonderful! there is so much to do with those colours at this time.
Elaine (etfitz)15-Jan-2005 20:26
Wonderful composition! Looks delicious! I got the baby at work on Thursday, I have to bring the next King Cake.