Doing good for NOLA and surrounding areas

February 6, 2009 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

Mardi Gras is coming soon – it’s February 24 this year.  What does that have to do with helping to revitalize New Orleans and surrounding areas?  One Tripso writer suggests that those who can’t help out by visiting should order a king cake!

You want to know what exactly a king cake is, don’t you?  *shaking head*  Okay, here’s an excerpt from Paul’s Pastry’s website:

In European countries, the coming of the wise men bearing gifts to the Christ Child is celebrated twelve days after Christmas. The celebration, called Epiphany, Little Christmas or the Twelfth Night, is a time of exchanging gifts and feasting.

All over the world people gather for festive twelfth night celebrations. One of the most popular customs is still the baking of a special cake in honor of the three kings…”a King’s Cake.”

The Europeans hide a bean inside their cake and the person receiving the bean must portray one of the kings. Latin-American people put a small figure inside the cake representing the Christ Child. It is said that the year of good fortune awaits the lucky person who gets the figure.

King cakes were originally a simple ring of dough with little decorations. They are now in three colors: GREEN – Representing Faith; PURPLE – Representing Justice, and GOLD – Representing the Voice of Power.

In the early 1970’s, Paul’s Pastry Shop located in Picayune, Mississippi, began filling the King Cakes with an assortment of Fruits and Cream Cheese, then topping them with the brightly colored Mardi Gras sugars and sliced almonds… thus beginning a new tradition of the Mardi Gras King Cake. Our customers not only have the choice of the traditional cinnamon king cake, but also an exotic, deliciously filled King Cake with your choice of up to four flavors in the same cake.

I’ve looked for king cakes around here, and you can usually find them at a few grocery stores – but they’re not as good as the ones from Paul’s or other New Orleans area bakeries.

By the way, if you find the baby, that means you’re responsible for buying the cake next year!

Image from Paul’s.

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