tuesday taste: king cake

February 12, 2008 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

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So, Fat Tuesday has come and gone but king cake can still be had by all. This year I received the baby and must pass on the joy of this cream and cinnamon filled pastry to others. A small plastic baby is hidden in the cake and as tradition the receiver of the baby must pass on the king cake with another party and another cake. This pastry symbolizes the season of Mardi Gras. Cake parties begin the 12th day after Christmas and don’t stop until Fat Tuesday, the official day of Mardi Gras. The celebration occurs throughout the world; perhaps, none appreciate it more than the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The celebration in New Orleans is a must see and contrary to popular belief the parades are very family oriented.

The best King Cake, as I and many tried and true southerns will attest, can be found at Paul’s Pastry out of Picayune, Mississippi. view map

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