King Cake 2009
On January 6th many cultures celebrate the feast of the Three Kings, also known as The Epiphany. For example in France, Belgium and also in Switzerland, the holiday is celebrated with a special tradition. A a cake is baked which contains one single bean or figurine. Whoever gets the trinket is “crowned” king for the remainder of the holiday. A similar tradition also exists in Spain, the cake, in this case actually is ring-shaped and filled pastry or Roscón de Reyes. In Mexico they have the same ring-shaped cake Rosca de Reyes, it contains figurines of the Baby Jesus. Whoever gets a figurine is supposed to buy tamales for the Candelaria feast on February the second. In New Orleans, Louisiana and surrounding regions, a similar ring-shaped cake known as a “king cake” traditionally becomes available in bakeries from the Epiphany through Mardi Gras. The different varieties of pastry involved is large.

Therefore I would like to know your king cake and family tradition on the Three Kings Day. You have no family tradition? Bake a traditional Galette des rois, Roscón de Reyes, Bolo Rei, King Cake, Dreikönigskuchen or give your fantasy full scope and create your very own King Cake as I did last year.

How to participate:
Please read and follow the instructions below.

  • Bake or buy a King Cake, take pictures (if possible) and blog about the cake and your family tradition and don’t forget to mention who was the “crowned” king
  • Please link back to this announcement in your post, and eventually to the roundup.
  • Fill in the form below and your post will be listed in the roundup.
  • Last day of submission is January 8.

I’m looking forward to see your posts and pictures. I try to do the roundup on January 12. If you have any question or suggestion don’t hesitate to contact me.


King Cake 2009
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