So I was going to give you a recipe for king cake—you know—that luscious coffee cake that, in Louisiana, reigns over parties, festivities and celebrations from January 6 (to honor Kings’ Day, the meeting of the three wise men with the infant Jesus) to Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday, February 16 this year).
Traditional king cakes are iced and decorated with Mardi Gras colors (green representing faith; purple, justice; and gold, power) and have a small trinket, often a plastic baby, hidden inside the baked dough. Custom dictates that the person getting the piece of the cake with the trinket must host the next king cake party.
As I said, I was going to give you a recipe, but I have something better: a bakery where you can order the cake (baby and all). Delicious Donuts & Bakery in Lake Charles, Louisiana, makes majestic king cakes with a wide variety of fillings (pecan praline and pralines-n-cream to die for) and ships the cake to addresses all over the world. My mouth is watering just typing the contact numbers: www.deliciouskingcakes.com and phone: 337-479-2-YUM.