It’s almost time for Mardi Gras – have you made your King Cake
If you’re not well-versed in the Mardi Gras tradition (like me, until a few weeks ago), you’re probably thinking, “What the heck is King Cake?”
King Cake is a giant ring of twisted, enriched bread (like brioche) covered in a sugary, lemony glaze and tacky Mardi Gras colors (yellow, purple and green). Tradition dictates that whoever finds the King Cake baby (an actual plastic baby or pecan tucked into the underside of the cake) in their slice has to make a King Cake at the next Mardi Gras party. Sounds fun, right?
For those who have never even seen a King Cake before, I’ll admit it can be a bit of an eyesore. But knowing it’s for Mardi Gras (an over-the-top celebration in itself) and beneath those crazy colors is a delicious, cinnamon and lemon-flavored cake, I think you’ll decide it’s worth trying at least once.
Plus, it’s a welcome change from single-colored, one-flavor cakes. The brightness of the lemon glaze combined with the sweetness of cinnamon and nutmeg speckled throughout the bread-like cake makes this a refreshing (and delicious) recipe.
Have fun with it – dye the glaze like I did, or keep it white and sprinkle on purple, green and yellow crystals. Alternate the colors, or make them mingle all over the top of the cake. Poppy seeds are optional too, but I like the crunch and mild flavor they add to the cake.
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