Fat Tuesday King Cake
This traditional Mardi Gras dessert has a cinnamon sugar swirl inside. I used my bread machine to make the dough. It is topped with a creamy vanilla glaze and festive gold, green and Purple sprinkles.
I have wanted to make a King Cake for sometime now. Every time I decide to make one Mardi Gras is over, so I slip the idea to the back of the burner. I always think I will do it next year, but never do. The cycle continued, until now.
This year I did it and boy was it good. I came up with the brilliant idea of making the dough in your bread maker. The finished bread was soft, sweet and perfect with the cinnamon swirl in the middle.
The colors have significance also. Purple represents justice. The Yellow represents power and Green represents faith. The little baby hidden in the cake represents the baby Jesus. The tradition goes that if you get the trinket in your slice you get to be king or queen for the day. It also means you will need to purchase a King Cake for the following week.
The King Cake takes its name from the biblical Three Kings known as the Magi. In the Catholic Liturgical Season known as the Epiphany, the Magi visit Jesus. This day is known as Twelfth Night (twelve days of Christmas) or the last day of Christmas. King Cakes are enjoyed from Epiphany up to Fat Tuesday. In the middle ages, during much stricter Lenten food laws, it is believed that we made this cake to use up all our eggs and sugar forbidden during Lent. Back then the cakes were not as lavish as the ones we celebrate with now, it is believed they were enjoyed just as much.
Peace be with you,