The king cake takes it's name from the biblical three kings which explains why it is traditionally served throughout the season between Christmas and Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins. It is usually some type of risen bread dough, formed into a ring, baked, and then topped with icing and purple, yellow, and green sprinkles to represent Mardi Gras. A traditional king cake will also have a small trinket hidden inside and whoever finds the trinket is supposed to buy the next king cake, may be the king or queen for the day, or may be the next person to have a baby. I guess it depends on what kind of expectations people want to put on you! The most traditional trinket is a bean but in the the South it is usually a small plastic baby.
I'm not going to lie. It did not taste good. It was overly sweet and mostly stale by the time it arrived but it was a lot of fun looking for that trinket and getting an unexpected Mardi Gras gift from my brother.
So when I think of Mardi Gras I think of king cakes and celebrations so that is what I loosely modeled my tile after.
|Tangles: Yincut, King's Crown, Organza,|
Have you been to Mardi Gras?
What is your fondest memory?