Mardi Gras – King Cake

I heard some commotion outside of my office cubicle today and, when I went to find the source, I discovered a new tradition! A colleague brought in a King Cake to celebrate Mardi Gras, the highlight of New Orleans Carnival which happens the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.




A King Cake is traditionally made from strands of cinnamon dough that are twisted together in a circle and baked, topped with icing and sprinkled with Mardi Gras colored sugar: purple for justice, green for faith and yellow for power. Many chefs bake a small baby doll into the cake which brings both luck and responsibility to the person that finds it. The luck lasts all year, and the finder holds responsibility for bringing the King Cake to the next year’s Mardi Gras celebration. I did not find the doll, but I did enjoy the cake at our office celebration!For New Orleans Chef Emeril Lagasse’s King Cake recipe click here.

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Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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  1. I am writing a post on my blog about King Cake. I will give you credit for information on King Cake.

    Elizabeth Anderson

  2. Hi Elizabeth, Your comment was my first on MBA in the USA. Thanks for writing and for crediting my post on your blog!



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