Fat Tuesday king cake

Photo by Cakey Cakes via Flickr

This morning at work there were several king cakes in my office’s common areas. Until I spotted a display of them at the grocery store this past weekend, I don’t think I’d ever seen one before, so their popularity seems to be on the rise here in the midwest.

NPR describes their origin in this piece, entitled “Is That A Plastic Baby Jesus In My Cake?” (Answer: no.) For additional straight-from-New Orleans details on the cake, head over to this post at nola.com, which dubs the assertion that the baby doll in the Gulf Coast version of the cake represents Jesus “dubious,” as backed up by the NPR article.

Happy Mardi Gras!

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