Wednesday, February 19, 2014

King Cakes!

Great Harvest Bread Co. Mardi Gras King Cake
Mardi Gras is fast approaching and we have the perfect authentic King Cake for your Mardi Gras Celebration.

Made with a rich swirl of cinnamon in a light pastry dough, this King Cake is sure to please your entire crowd!

So for those of you not from New Orleans or  Louisiana, here is the history of the King Cake:

The Epiphany or Little Christmas is observed on January 6 in many Christian churches. This day has come to be known as “Kings Day”.
Since the year 300 , the day has honored the meeting of the Three Wise Men with the infant Jesus. King Cakes became part of the celebration to symbolize the “finding of baby Jesus”.

Traditionally, King Cakes are oval-shaped to show unity of all Christians. The Mardi Gras
season which begins on this “Twelfth Night” (January 6th) is expressed on King Cakes by
using the carnival colors of green (signifying Faith), gold (signifying Power), and purple
(signifying Justice).

In the past, a bean, pecan, pea, or coin was hidden inside each King Cake. Today, a tiny
plastic baby is used. As a King Cake is cut, each person awaits anxiously for a piece to locate the “baby”. The person who finds the baby is“King of the Party” and obligated to bring a King Cake to the next seasonal celebration.   Start this South Louisiana tradition in your home, class, or office. King Cake season ends on Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”), the day before Lent begins.

King Cakes are available NOW- by advanceorder for early Mardi Gras Parties and Wednesday, February 26th, through TuesdayMarch 4th (Fat Tuesday)