A tradition since the late 1800s, king cake is a sweetened bread, shaped into a ring and decorated in green, yellow and purple (the official colors of Mardi Gras). Hidden inside the seasonal cake is a coveted prize in the form of a small figure of a baby. Once made of gold, but more commonly plastic these days, the reveler who finds the trinket in the cake will enjoy good luck in the year ahead and will share their good fortune by providing a king cake at the next Mardi Gras party.
If you found the baby in the cake last year or you’re kicking off a new tradition, this recipe for an easy-to-make king cake will set the tone in sweet style at any Mardi Gras celebration. Laissez les bons temps rouler!