This is a light wheat bread swirled with cinnamon and brown sugar, then decorated with purple (justice), green (faith) and gold ( power) colors. The “baby” needs to be placed inside the cake before you serve it.
The Mardi Gras celebration began in New Orleans in 1837. The carnival season has grown to become the city’s largest celebration. The carnival season starts on Jan 6, (Epiphany or the “Twelfth Night” ) the day when the Magi were said to have visited the baby Jesus and ends on Fat Tuesday ( the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent). No Mardi Gras Celebration is complete without a King Cake. The circular cake represents the circular path the kings took to prevent King Herod from finding the ba- by Jesus.
A traditional Mardi Gras King Cake has a plastic baby hidden in the dough. The one that finds the baby in their slice buys the next King Cake and has good luck for the year.