Monday, February 20, 2012

King Cake

We're always excited when carnival season rolls around!  We're on an every-other-year schedule for attending Mardi Gras festivities with the family in Louisiana, so this year we had to celebrate in our own way in DC.  The house got decorated with beads and doubloons and New Orleans music has dominated the airwaves.  "Mardi Gras Mambo" has become JT's new favorite song - he's playing it over and over in an attempt to earn all the words.  And he can dance!

It wouldn't be Mardi Gras without a traditional King Cake.  Thank you, Fed Ex Saturday Delivery!  Although you cost more than the contents of the box, it is well worth the price.  We'd never ordered from Gambino's before and were surprised that the cake came undecorated, but it was a welcome opportunity to get Joseph involved in another Mardi Gras tradition.

As you can see on the label above, 1 plastic doll is included along with icing, colored sugars, and an instruction sheet (not that we needed it).

The cake honors the three kings or wise men that came bearing gifts for baby Jesus, who is represented by the doll, which is baked inside the cake.  Tradition goes that the person getting the doll in their slice of cake has host the next King Cake party.  The colors on the cake represent justice (purple), faith (green) and power (gold).

In unpacking our bags of "throws" from last year's parades we found this hat.  Joseph took a liking to. it and it seemed to suit the occasion perfectly.

 On to cake decorating!  I squeezed out the icing, he spread it out evenly.  And ate some.

 I tried to show him how to sprinkle on the sugar, he dumped it in huge piles.

I know which piece he wanted!  Not realizing the doll really was baked into the cake (some bakeries don't do it due to choking hazards) we gave Joseph a doll we saved from another year to put on the cake.  Yeah, baby Jesus was swimming in sugar.

Is this the face of a mad hatter or just a plain old sugar rush?

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday!  Hope all y'all have a happy Mardi Gras!

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