King cakes a tasty Mardi Gras tradition
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- With Epiphany coming up, it means that it's time for king cakes again.
"Mardi Gras is a unique, special holiday in America, and we're honored to be a part of our customers' celebrations," said Aileen Magnotto, owner of Great Harvest Bread Company in Charlottesville. "We take pride in offering unique products for all holidays and occasions, and believe that food can be an inclusive, fun way to educate others on new beliefs and traditions."
King cakes are made with different materials depending on the country.
Great Harvest's version, which originated in Lafayette, Louisiana, is kneaded into a circular shape to mimic a crown, then dusted with purple, gold and green sugar to signify justice, faith and power.
Traditionally, a small plastic figurine is hidden inside the cake. Whoever finds the figurine is said to be blessed with good luck, but that person also is given the responsibility of bringing the king cake for the next party.
King cake season comes to an end on Fat Tuesday, which will be February 13.