King Cakes Hit Houston for Mardi Gras 2018

It’s time for the Mardi Gras and there’s no better way to celebrate the excess of pre-Lenten festivities than a traditional King Cake. Okay, maybe a couple of Pat O’ Brien- style hurricanes and some spice-loaded, boiled crawfish would be preferable, but for many Louisiana transplants and East Texans who identify strongly with the Cajun and Creole culture, the king cake is obligatory.

The tradition of the king cake is celebrated in a number of countries, but the Gulf Coast Mardi Gras king cake parties start with the Epiphany, January 6, and continue until Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. The cakes are named after the Three Kings who visited Jesus, so many have a plastic baby inside to represent the Christ Child, or sometimes, a coin or bean. Whoever finds the trinket gets to be King or Queen of the party. They are also obligated to throw the next king cake party, so if you find the prize, you might want to slip it onto cousin Boudreaux’s slice. He never pays for anything.

 This year, Fat Tuesday is February 13. For those who are giving up booze and chocolate for Lent, you might want to celebrate Valentine’s Day ahead of time.

Many Houstonians have suffered through the cardboard texture of boxed grocery store cakes, with the purple, green, and gold all running together in a melted icing mess. Well, we have found some New Orleans-style king cakes and some not so traditional spins that will add a little quelquechose to your fete.  Put on your sunglasses, because these cakes are bright.


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