Tomorrow is the last day for King Cake!
We had our King Cake tonight and it was so exciting! This is only the second year I've had King Cake so it has not been a long standing tradition, but I love traditions old and new.
From what I have read about this tradition the baby hidden inside represents the baby Jesus. The excitement is in the search for the baby. It is symbolic of the three Kings having to search for the baby Jesus so many years ago. If you find the baby you are entitled to special privileges, but you also have the obligation to supply the next King Cake. Some cultures have this as part of Christmas celebrations, but here it is part of the Mardi Gras season. I read that King Cake is not available until Jan. 6th and that some people have weekly King Cake parties up until Mardi Gras.
The little girls were thrilled to have the beads and gold coins from the top, but they were more thrilled when we decided to eat the whole cake so that we could find the baby. It was a rather festive time with laughter and excitement as we kept eating and searching. After eating the whole cake (yummy) we still did not find the baby. Wonder what it means if your cake was sans baby? Wonder if one of the girls was eating so fast she ate the baby? Wonder if the bakery worker was having a bad day and left it out on purpose...I can hear a wicked laugh as she was boxing it up...."Ah-ha-ha-ahahahahh! I have the King Cake Power!"
Of course, in reality it is meaningless, but oh what fun! Happy Mardi Gras!