Let the Good Times Roll! While it may not be a popular saying in France because of its improper grammatical syntax, it is always popular in New Orleans, where locals and tourists alike like to laissez les bons temps rouler especially with the start of Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday!
The great news is that you don’t have to be in New Orleans to have some Carnival fun and Mardi Gras is the perfect excuse to celebrate! So grab your closest friends, a mask and a slice of king cake and get ready party!
One of our favorite traditions is the King Cake, if you are not familiar with the tradition behind this sweet confectionary here is a little bit about it.
Mardi Gras and King Cakes go hand in hand…especially in Louisiana! As part of New Orleans’s Christian faith, the coming of the wise men bearing gifts is celebrated twelve days after Christmas. Today, the tradition continues as people all over the world gather for festive Twelfth Night celebrations. A popular custom was and still is the baking of a special cake in honor of the three kings, called “A King’s Cake.”
Each king cake has a tiny baby inside. The tradition of King Cake Parties have evolved over time, and the “lucky” person who receives the slice of cake with the baby is asked to continue the festivities by having the next King Cake party.
Originally, king cakes were a simple ring of dough with a small amount of decoration. Today’s king cakes are much more festive. After the rich Danish dough is braided and baked, the “baby” is inserted. The top of the ring or oval cake is then covered with delicious sugar toppings in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold.