Happy Mardi Gras

King Cakes

Today I made two King Cakes – one for us and one for Vince to take to work tomorrow.  I’m going to have Vince just sit the plastic baby on top of one.  The last thing I want is for someone to bite into the baby or swallow it.


We couldn’t wait to cut into ours. They have an almond paste filling and they’re so yummy!! A lot of good it did me to go to the Y and work out today, huh?

Wanna bet no one at Vince’s work has ever heard of a King Cake?

Vince loves almond filling and he asked me if I could make them sometimes besides Mardi Gras!  NO!  It’s against the law to make them except between Twelfth Night and Mardi Gras! 🙂

Vince asked me how long I’ve personally celebrated Mardi Gras.  When I was in school, even in college, Mardi Gras wasn’t really celebrated in Lake Charles.  I don’t remember parades and I surely don’t remember us ever getting out of school.  It was sometime in the late 70’s or early 80’s that I remember us getting off work for Mardi Gras and schools being closed.

In 1979 or 1980, I went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  This small town country girl was totally shocked at the scenes, activities, smells, sounds . . it was an amazing experience but I never had the desire to go back and do it again.

The parades and activities in Lake Charles are much safer and calmer than those in New Orleans, although they can get pretty wild in Lake Charles.  The last job I had was on the parade route and clients would set up BBQ grills, gumbo pots, huge kegs of beer and margarita machines all over our parking lot and grounds.  It was always such a fun time!

But, I’m in Missouri now . . not in Lake Charles and certainly not in New Orleans (and I’m very thankful for that!) so we’ll celebrate by eating our King Cake, and Vince can share a bit of Mardi Gras at work by taking a King Cake and some beads tomorrow.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the history of the King Cake here.


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    The first couple of years here in CA, I ordered King Cakes from Louisiana and had them shipped out here to arrive on Mardi Gras day. I always put up a story about the King Cake and Mardi Gras in the kitchen at work, but really not one single person was interested in knowing anything about them, but only about eating them. So I stopped doing that. Yours look great!!! Save me a piece! (Hugs)

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    Marianne says

    You certainly gave an accurate description of Mardi Gras. I went in 1988 and hoo-wee!, I could curl your hair with the stories of what I saw! Shocking to say the least. One visit was enough for me. They surely have great food in New Orleans though.
    Your cake looks great!

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    Sandy Kahler says

    One year I ordered the Mardi Gras kit from New Orleans. We did have a lot of fun sharing all of the goodies. I kept the box it came in for years as it to was decorated. Of course the king cake went very fast.

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    Marilyn says

    Thank you for educating us about King Cakes. I always wondered. I’m sure the cake is very good.
    Ya’ll enjoy.

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    Karen (Misiz C) says

    I hadn’t heard of King Cakes till recently. My son moved to Mississippi last summer and a few weeks ago he helped his boss order a King Cake from Louisiana. Guess that caught his attention…. ordering a cake from another state so he shared the info with mom. LOL Your’s look wonderful!

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    Linda says

    Surely if the colored sugar were left off it would be a regular almond-filled cake and could be made for importuning husbands on other special occasions? It looks just wonderful! Thank you for posting the recipe!

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    Liz says

    Judy, I just enjoyed reading your blog about, “King Cake”. I was surprised when I read the words Lake Charles. I am from Iowa, a small town south of Lake Charles. Lake Charles is where I go for the quilt shop’s. (Quilts Bayou and The Quilt Shoppe in Westlake. I’ve had my fill of king cake for the year. (Ha)