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Let Them Eat: Quick King Cake

Stateside, particularly in Louisiana where the biggest Mardi Gras bash explodes every year, the cake is a sweet brioche-like confection with a cinnamon filling which includes a dried bean or pea (a stand-in for the baby doll). The person who discovers it is crowned king or queen for the day. More

Quick King Cake

This version is a quick take on the cake, made with store-bought puff pastry. The filling is cinnamon-sugar, and as a nod to its Southern state of residence, contains bourbon-poached golden raisins. This cake calls for a dried bean to be placed, so warn your guests prior to biting in lest you want a king or queen with a cracked tooth! More

Celebrating Mardi Gras with King Cake

Photograph from joshmt on Flickr I had never heard of a king cake until my roommate's parents sent her one from their home in New Orleans this past week. Although I didn't get the full experience (and nobody got the traditional baby in the cake because the bakery packaged the tiny plastic effigy separately), she did bring me home a slice of the green and purple sugar-coated pastry. Even after four days of sitting in her office, the cake maintained its moisture so I happily dug in. It had a briochelike texture and flavor and the inside was spiced like coffee cake, a nice surprise as it wasn't too sweet but was perfect for a breakfast treat. There are... More

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