Mardi Gras is one week from tomorrow, and it simply would not be Carnival in New Orleans without the traditional King Cake! If you’ve never heard of this delightful tradition, the King Cake is a ring of twisted bread topped with icing or sugar, usually colored purple, green, and gold (the traditional Carnival colors) with food coloring. There are many variants, some with a filling, the most common being cream cheese and praline. The tradition was brought over from France and Spain in the mid-18th century and each cake includes a “trinket”, normally a small plastic or porcelain baby, baked inside to represent the King. The person who receives the trinket in their slice of cake has to buy the next King Cake!
While Bake Me A Wish! does not offer this confectionary delight, we’ve discovered a fantastic place to get your King Cakes this year! Sucre, a delicious bakery located in the heart of New Orleans’, serves astounding plated or boxed desserts – great for any time of day.
Sucre was kind enough to send us one of these cakes to sample. What a treat! The cake came packed in a festive UPS box and included Mardi Gras beads to make the gift a real pleasure to receive. The cake itself was quite festive with traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple and gold adorning the top of the cake as well as edible glitter to give it a regal flair. The cake itself came perfectly shipped and tasted as if it had just been baked. Very moist, sweet and fun to eat!
The King Cake is available for shipping nationwide from Sucre; if you’re celebrating Carnival and Mardi Gras, or know of someone who is, visit their online shop for more details.
Happy Carnival and congratulations to the Saints on their Superbowl victory!
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SUCRE is located at 3025 Magazine Street in New Orleans.