12 February 2013

Farewell to the King Cake and Diet Coke - Nonna Randazzo's Italian Bakery (Covington, LA)

Happy Mardi Gras!  Where is my cake?!

Well today is Mardi Gras and I am going to have to say farewell to two of my favorite things:

  1. King Cake - until next January
  2. Diet Coke - until the end of Lent

I almost had a breakdown because Nemo caused a delay with my King Cake delivery.  I have to give UPS  HUGE props for getting me my cake on Fat Tuesday!  I really don't know what I would've done without my cakes because it is my tradition.
What can brown do for me...deliver my cake on time!

This year I went with the Strawberry Cream Cheese and Praline filled cakes.  Both were extremely delicious--and fattening--and my coworkers loved every single bite.  Everyone kept asking me about the history of the King Cake so I thought I would share the Nonna Randazzo version of the story.

Strawberry Cream Cheese & Praline are both ridiculously good!

The History of the King Cake by Nonna Randazzo's Italian Bakery

The King Cake "is believed to have originated in France and was brought to New Orleans in the late 1800's.  King Cakes are oval shaped and decorated in Carnival colors of: 

                    Purple - to signify Justice
                    Green - for Faith
                    Gold - for Power.    

King Cakes were initiated to celebrate the Epiphany or King's Day.  This holy day is the 6th of  January and marks the beginning of king cake season.  Since the the third century, the Epiphany has been observed as the day the Three Wise Men finally found the Infant Jesus and a small plastic baby doll is placed in each cake as a symbol of finding the baby Jesus."

Finding the Baby...
The baby freaked some people out!

"In earlier days, small beans or other tokens were used to choose the queen of a carnival ball by this tradition.  Today, as the cake is cut, each person looks to see if their piece of cake contains the small plastic baby.  Some believe that the person who gets the doll will have a year of good fortune.  Traditionally, to continue the festivities through carnival, the person who finds the baby brings the King Cake to the next celebration."

Clearly my friends missed that memo since I get the cake EVERY year!  


2033 N. Highway 190, Suite 5
Covington, LA 70433


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