What do the Mardi Gras King Cake colors represent?

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras, King Cake, photo provided by Cristine Struble
Universal Orlando Mardi Gras, King Cake, photo provided by Cristine Struble /

As you bite into that sweet treat, do you know what the Mardi Gras King Cake colors represent? Leading up to Fat Tuesday, King Cake seems to be everywhere. Although the dessert tradition has a specific mean, the colors of that sweet treat are usually very specific. Do you know why?

Often a King Cake has three colors, gold, green and purple, which are the colors often associated with Mardi Gras. Each color has a specific meaning. Purple is for justice, gold for power and green for faith. Those vibrant colors are often of the good times rolling celebrations.

While the Mardi Gras King Cake colors are traditional, color isn’t the only special part of this iconic dessert. One hidden ingredient makes that sugar coated, sweet bread even more of a celebration.

What is hidden under the Mardi Gras King Cake colors?

Although many people are happy to slice into a cake to celebrate, one slice of King Cake is extra special. Usually, a little plastic baby is hidden within the cake. Although some people believe that the person who receives the plastic baby must bring the King Cake to the next party, other people have different theories.

The majority of people believe that the plastic baby represents good luck. That little surprise adds to the fun of enjoying King Cake. But, it is important to know that there is a secret ingredient in the cake. No one wants to accidentally swallow an inedible ingredient. That situation would not be good luck.

Many bakeries, not just in New Orleans, sell King Cake leading up to Fat Tuesday. At Universal Orlando, King Cake will be served through the entire Mardi Gras event this Spring.

If you cannot find a bakery selling one near you, many recipes are available. The traditional recipe is relatively simple to make. Anyone who has mastered baking bread can make a King Cake.

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Let the good times roll and slice up a King Cake before the colorful celebration fades.