What Does a King Cake Look Like?

What Does a King Cake Look Like? image by SXC.hu
What Does a King Cake Look Like? image by SXC.hu


Mardi Gras is a holiday that was first celebrated in France. This Catholic tradition came to Colonial America with the settling of the French along the Gulf coast. Mardi Gras began as a one-day celebration to mark the beginning of Lent. The King Cake is cinnamon dessert enjoyed by Mardi Gras revelers.


The King Cake is baked most often into a circular or oval shape. It is shaped like a large doughnut with a hollow center.


White icing is dripped over the surface of the King Cake. The icing is most often made of confectioner's sugar, vanilla extract and water.


The King Cake is sprinkled with colored sugars of green, gold and purple. These represent faith, power and justice, respectively.


Sometimes a King Cake has a few festive doubloon necklaces laid on top of the icing. Those necklaces represent the fun and frivolity of the Mardi Gras celebration.

Baby Jesus

Inside the cake or sometimes placed on top will be a small plastic baby. This baby represents the baby Jesus.


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Based on the Gulf Coast, Monica Patrick has been writing social and cultural articles since 1999. Her work has appeared in the Gulf Coast newspaper "Beachin," and in various online publications. As a former senior sales director with Mary Kay, Patrick specializes in cosmetology and makeup artistry. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in linguistic archaeology from the University of Alabama.

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