Mardi Gras season is often accompanied by king cake, a pastry that has an interesting story behind it (yes, there’s usually a plastic baby inside this cake, but don’t let that scare you). There are many versions, but no matter how you slice it, it’s pure deliciousness. Our twist on the classic is a nod to the culinary and cocktail culture of the Big Easy: tender, buttery brioche filled with spiced pecans and doused in a bourbon-tinged glaze. Use it to wash down a Southern classic such as our Jambalaya recipe.
What to buy: Tradition dictates that a toy baby be hidden inside the cake, and the person who gets the slice with the baby is to hold the next king cake party—a practice that happens regularly from Twelfth Night until Fat Tuesday. Whether you follow the tradition or not, you can buy plastic babies online.
Check out more Mardi Gras recipes, including easy king cake recipes—or if you’re really pressed for time, the best New Orleans food to order online (king cake included). And if you’re a little nervous about it, see our beginner’s guide to baking with yeast.
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For the decoration:
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