February 17, 2012

BAKING THE KING WITH THE KING:

King cakes are a great way to indulge before Lent: The traditional New Orleans pastries are best homemade -- don't forget the fillings and the toy baby inside. (Noelle Carter, 2/16/12, Los Angeles Times)

At first sight, it comes across as, well, a little unusual. A large wreath-shaped cake bedazzled in vibrant shades of purple, green and gold -- there's nothing subtle about it. It might be flavored simply with a touch of cinnamon sugar, or maybe it's decked out with any of a number of creative fillings. Help yourself to a slice, or two -- just be careful you don't accidentally bite into the plastic baby.

Behold the wonder that is the king cake. For many, a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras is simply not complete without it.

While it may look rather odd -- perhaps even gaudy -- on its own, the king cake fits right in with a colorful season of festive parade floats and marching bands, masked revelers and flying beads as far as the eye can see.

Forget scratch, just order one of our kits.
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Posted by at February 17, 2012 6:12 AM
  

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