Happy Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras Celebration!
I have to admit, I have never tasted King Cake. I don’t know what makes a King Cake good or bad.
I do know that I wanted a festive treat for Mardi Gras and King Cake is one of the most festive looking Mardi Gras treats around.
Please look away now if you are from New Orleans, or have tasted the real King Cake, because I have made a quickie version of a King Cake-like treat that probably pales in comparison to the real thing.
It’s a giant cinnamon bun twisted/ braided into a big wreath-like cake, with the cinnamon bun frosting covered in Mardi Gras colored sugar.
It was a lot of messy fun to make, and I would have taken more pictures of the process, but my hands were covered in sticky cinnamon filling and I didn’t want to have a cinnamon flavored camera — because I would have to eat that too.
So, this is the only in-progress picture, but I think its says it all.
I mentioned in a past post, that I have made my own colored sugar for the first time this year. It was easy and fun!
In case you missed it, here are the full and excessively lengthy instructions;
– put some sugar in a ziplock bag
– add a few drops of food coloring
– shake-a, shake-a, shake-a
– the end
The tradition is to hide a baby charm in the King Cake. The lucky person to get the piece with the baby in it will be blessed with good luck and prosperity.
Choking hazards aside, I’m wishing you all find the piece with the baby!
Good luck and prosperity to you!
Happy Fat Tuesday!
UPDATE: We just served it!
Here it is cut open!
I have not tasted the King Cake yet because I am still happily stuffed from eating THESE divine Monte Cristo sandwiches that Peggo made, but so far two of us have tried it and there are two thumbs up so far!
Not bad for a quickie substitute idea!
UPDATE again: I tried it. *swoon*
4 out of 4 thumbs up so far! Best served warm. YUM!