King Cake Gift Package
Serves 10-12 people
*Note that King Cakes require FedEx Express 2Day or Overnight shipping. FedEx Express does not deliver on Weekends. Cut-off time for shipping is Monday-Wednesday, 3pm CST. King Cakes ordered on Thursday, Friday, or over the weekend will go out on Monday. Orders may take up to 48 hours for processing.
Our genuine, freshly baked king cakes are shipped directly to you from the heart of the French Quarter. Each moist, delicious bricohe-like cake is topped with sinfully-sweet icing and tri-colored sugar, and hidden inside is a broad bean! The gift package is completed by a history scroll, as well as authentic Mardi Gras beads and Krewe doubloons.
Choose Traditional Cinnamon or your choice of Cream Cheese, Praline or Strawberry Filled.
HISTORY OF THE KING CAKE:
In European countries, the coming of the Three Wise Men or Kings bearing gifts to the Christ Child is celebrated twelve days after Christmas. Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, marks the beginning of Carnival, a time of exchanging gifts and feasting.
All over the world people gather for festive Twelfth Night celebrations. One of the most popular customs is still the baking of a special cake in honor of the three kings: ”A King’s Cake." Europeans hide a bean inside their cakes and the person receiving the bean must portray one of the kings. Some Latin Americans put a small figure inside the cake representing the Christ Child. It is said that a year of good fortune awaits the lucky person who gets the figure.
In New Orleans, we like the idea of perpetuating the celebration by having the person who receives the bean continue the festivities by hosting another party with a King Cake. King Cake parties continue until the first day of Lent, ending on Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras day!
The New Orleans Style King Cake is a Danish dough braided with cinnamon and brightly decorated with icing and Mardi Gras colored sugars representing Power (Gold), Faith (Green) and Justice (Purple).