I had never had a king cake before and in fact, I’m not really even sure how I came to discover it. Perhaps something on television or a blurb in a conversation with someone, the memory escapes me but at some point I got it into my head that I wanted to make a king cake. Wherever the notion came from, I am just thrilled it emerged because this is one tasty cake.
If you’re like me and unfamiliar with this treat, king cake is a brioche type bread that usually has a hint of nutmeg or cinnamon in the dough. Sometimes it’s filled, other times it isn’t (mine definitely is!) and it’s topped with a sugary icing that gets sprinkled with purple, green and gold colored sugar. Yes, king cake is a cake to celebrate Mardi Gras! In the southern United States, they have king cake parties all through the pre-Lenten season up until Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. This cake has a rich history and I’m telling you a little more about it today over on Food Fanatic. So to learn more about this tasty treat and get the recipe, head on over and take a look!