It’s Mardi Gras time!
Tuesday is a day for celebration and merriment and to enjoy rich foods before the season of Lent begins for many Christians. The custom during Lent is to fast or give up your vices to prepare for Easter Sunday, so Mardi Gras is viewed as your last chance to indulge! Many people think that the Mardi Gras or Carnival season begins on “Fat Tuesday” itself, but it actually starts on or around January 6th. That is when the Epiphany, sometimes called “Three Kings Day,” is celebrated, and is representative of when the Wise Men visited Jesus after his birth. Mardi Gras day is actually the last day of the season.
It’s not too late to bake a tasty king cake, one of the time-honored foods of Mardi Gras. Check out the video above for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a traditional king cake with cinnamon and sugar filling. Your cake will be light, flaky, and deliciously sweet. The recipe makes enough for two king cakes so you can enjoy them with friends. Click here for the full recipe.
The colors that we’ve come to associate with Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. You’ve seen them everywhere from beads to masks to shot glasses, and you’ll also find them on a king cake. Purple signifies justice, the green stands for faith, and the gold represents power. The colors are examples of the jewels in the Three Wise Men’s crowns. The plastic baby often hidden inside of a king cake symbolizes the baby Jesus. Whomever finds the baby in their slice of cake would be crowned “King for the Day” and would be responsible for hosting the Mardi Gras party the following year. They would also have to make the next king cake. You don’t have to bake a tiny baby into your cake if you’re worried about someone choking on it or chipping a tooth. If you do bake a king cake baby in there, we recommend letting your guests or family members know that there’s a possibility of finding it!
Here are some more recipes that will get you in the mood to color everything in purple, green, and gold:
Mardi Gras King Cake With Cream Cheese Filling – If you like sweet cream cheese inside your cakes and you want to see how to braid your dough to make your cake even more beautiful, check out this recipe.
Mardi Gras Monkey Bread – Easy to make with refrigerated biscuit dough.
King Cake Pancakes – Make these easy and pretty pancakes for a bit of Mardi Gras in your morning.
King Cake Bars – Rich and yummy, with only 20 minutes of prep time.
King Cake Donuts – These donuts are baked in the oven, not fried.
King Cake Cheese Ball – If you’re short on time or not a fan of cake, whip up this sweet cream cheese ball and serve it with wafer cookies or graham crackers for a Fat Tuesday treat.
King Cake Bites – Also good for a last minute Mardi Gras snack, these bites are made with store-bought crescent roll dough and a cream cheese filling.