The King Cake is a brioche-style cake traditionally made throughout the State of Louisiana during the weeks prior to Mardi Gras. As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby (symbolic of the baby Jesus) is placed inside each King Cake but in times gone past, the hidden items were usually coins, beans, pecans or peas.
Legend has it that receiving the piece of cake with the baby inside is a sign of good luck and it is customary for the person who discovers the hidden plastic baby to host the next King Cake Party. So serve this up at your dinner party and you will not only celebrate a time honored tradition, but you will already be planning ahead for next year's Mardi Gras Bash!
Recipe Link for traditional King Cake: