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Here we are – T-minus 3 days until Mardi Gras, or a day Kate and I like to call Fat Tuesday. So I bring  you one of the traditions associated with this festival of pancakes (yes, yes, I know – that’s really not what it’s about).

The King Cake (also known as the King’s Cake or Three Kings’ Cake) is typically an oval-shaped pastry-type cake, iced with a glaze and sprinkled with the colors of Mardi Gra – primarily purple and gold. But this is Mardi Gras we’re talking about here, so I’m sure any color scheme would work.  You can read all about the history of the cake here.

But for my intents and purposes, here’s the bottom line: There’s a plastic baby Jesus that’s typically hidden within this annually-eaten desert. It’s said that the person who gets the piece of cake with the plastic baby Jesus will have good luck the rest of the year. Some say the person that finds the baby must make the cake for next year, while others say the finder must host a party the next year. Clearly, we can all deduce that finding the plastic baby is a big deal.

Which leads me to last night when I had dinner at my parents. Family friends who just happen to live in New Orleans had sent my parents a King Cake (ours included a Pigs Flew Saint, too – but that’s another story entirely), which we promptly dug into after dinner. The cake was quite large, so the chances of finding the plastic baby Jesus were stacked against us. And alas, as we finished off our plates, no one had been lucky enough to find the trinket.  So the plastic figurine would have to wait for another day to spread joy, good luck and entertainment. My son was distraught, as finding the trinket meant he’d have a good excuse for a party. My nephew was relieved. He hadn’t even eaten a piece for fear he’d find the trinket and be forced to host a party, which, to him, meant lots of work, lots of money and lots of planning.

But a funny thing happened when I got up to wash the silverware. Apparently, my dad had become obsessed with finding the plastic baby Jesus. Again, I’d like to point out that I was in the kitchen. Which is good, because I have an alibi. I didn’t actually see my dad and brother lift up what remained of the cake, poking and prodding through the pastry as if they were looking for a needle in a haystack. All I know is my sister-in-law came into the kitchen and snuck a tiny little plastic figure into my hand.

“Can you wash this?” she whispered.

So there I stood, at the kitchen sink, washing the plastic baby Jesus that every grown member of the family had passed around. I couldn’t help but wonder what it meant. Would I be blessed with good luck for washing it? Would we all be facing 6 more weeks of winter because of the shenanigans of my brother and dad? Was Dad really going to re-hide the figure and play innocent?

Oddly enough, I knew the answer. The trinket would find its way back inside the cake. And everyone would feign surprise when, at last, that magic piece of King Cake revealed the tiny trophy. I really wonder about us, sometimes…

I’m sure after all this, you guys are ready to get going on your own version of the King Cake, and I have a feeling Kate won’t let you down. I know her very well, after all. And it’s just like her to come up with a super simple recipe to kick off the Lenten season. So stay tuned – I have a feeling the Mardi Gras celebration has only just begun!

~Enjoy your coffee break!

Liz

Well, thanks for volunteering me to come up with an easy King Cake recipe. I’ve never actually had one, but I’m sure with some googling, modifying and simplifying, I can come up with a recipe simple enough to be featured here on Coffee Break. I have a question, though, does your mother know about these Baby Jesus shenanigans going on right under her nose?

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