The King Cake is a tradition that is part of the Carnival celebration that ends with Mardi Gras. During this time, people have King Cake parties. A small plastic baby is usually hidden in or under a slice of King Cake. The guest that is lucky enough to find the baby in their piece of cake is then expected to host the next party and bake another King Cake. At our church we celebrate Shrove Tuesday on the Tuesday evening before Ash Wednesday with a pancake supper. Shrove Tuesday is another name for Mardi Gras. King Cake is also served at the pancake dinner. The person who finds the baby has to bake the cake for next year’s Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner. It is a really fun tradition and the cake is really good. I decided to try my hand at baking a King Cake. But since I knew it was not your typical cake I decided to buy a cake mix. The mix came with everything I needed including the decorations and of course the little plastic baby.
Having a fun get together for Mardi Gras this year? We always like to have a little fun and bring the Mardi Gras spirit to Tennessee each year by throwing a party! But unlike most Mardi Gras festivities we have children involved so I wanted to make a (non alcoholic) Mardi Gras punch recipe! It’s a fun punch that is easy to make and really brings the spirit with traditional Mardi Gras colors!
When you think about Mardi Gras, what pops into your mind first? I may be the exception to the rule but I think about partying in New Orleans and all the beads and of course once I think about the beads my mind flashes (pun intended) to the method by which some are likely to use to earn some beads. I am talking about flashing your boobs, of course. Well, I am here to set the record straight and tell you what Mardi Gras is really all about. It is not the boobs or the beads…surprised? But it does involve a baby. I will get to that I promise but first why is mardi gras celebrated?Continue reading