Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Baby Jesus in a Cake?

I won a Mardi Gras cake from Angie at Gumbo Writer! A new experience! Cinnamon! Baby Jesus! Anatomically correct!








Thanks, Angie!

40 comments:

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oohh... yummy. The cake, not Jesus. Because Jesus isn't yummy. He's holy. Just thought I should clarify.

And the Tongginator ate King Cake at school today. Fresh from New Orleans. If you count fresh as sitting in the overhead compartment on an airplane for seven hours. With, ya know, stale airplane air. But it was still good, if slightly airplane-y.

The Social Frog said...

Interesting, I've seen several people blogging about these "cakes" lately. Looks yummy.

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

Oh, Fun! The King Cake is a big tradition all along the Gulf Coast.

Carol @SheLives said...

Is that your first experience with a king cake? We order them from New Orleans every year. Well, except this year - we found one local. (not so good)

Yeah, my kids fight for that baby. It means it's on you to host the next ball during that year's Carnival season. At my house, it means you get to throw next year's Mardi Gras party. Which means I order another cake.

Tons o' fun!!!

Sara Bonds said...

You make me miss being home. I lived in Galveston, Texas much of my life, where the the next largest Mardi Gras festival, after New Orleans, occurs. When we didn't live in Galveston, we lived in Houston, Texas and drove to New Orleans. The past couple of years were literally the first years of my entire life not being at Mardi Gras. *tear*

Happy WW and thank you for allowing me to reminisce. LOL.

Rach@In His Hands said...

You are now the 3rd person I've seen enjoying a King Cake. It looks SO yummy......I'm very VERY jealous!

fraizerbaz said...

Too funny!

Chatty Kelly said...

I'm speechless Lid. Surely there is something morally amiss with shoving baby Jesus into a cake. (*wink*) At my hosue the nativity scene Jesus was riding the sheep, a la my 4 yr old.

Haven't had a king cake since I was working, and I don't think I knew the baby was Jesus.

Dena said...

I had never heard of these cakes before this year and now I must google them. I get that it's a Mardi Gras tradition, but why is baby Jesus shoved in a cake? LOL

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I believe the tradition is that whoever receives the slice with the doll in it is responsible for purchasing and sharing the next cake. I am a Hoosier. This is a foreign concept to me, as well, and Angie wanted someone who doesn't normally celebrate this tradition to enter her contest, and so I did, and so I won.

Debbie said...

I was envious of you winning that! And that is not a good Easter emotion to have:)

Mocha with Linda said...

Well, I grew up in Houston and I had never heard of a King Cake until this year. (Of course my very legalistic parents wouldn't even say those sinful words, Mardi Gras!) The inside looks good, but the food coloring factory explosion on the outside doesn't appeal.

And of course I noticed your scarf in the first picture, but it's missing until the last one, when you're scarfing down the cake.

RissaRoo said...

Wow, I can't believe I've never heard of this! Well, until now. Thanks for sharing!

So, um, is the plastic Jesus hidden *in* the cake or *on* the cake? Being one of those over-worried mothers I am just picturing the scene at ER....

"Oh it was terrible! Little Johnny was eating King Cake when suddenly his face turned blue! We had to do the Heimlich on him, and baby Jesus went flying out at top speed across the table and *that's* how Jenny's eye got poked out!"

Ok, so I guess maybe I shouldn't have had that 2ed (3ed?) cup of coffee today. The cake looks yummy, all safety issues aside!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Sooo glad it finally arrived, and congrats again! Here's the scoopage on our King Cake tradition: http://www.mardigrasunmasked.com/mardigras2/KingCakeHistory/tabid/65/Default.aspx

Greg C said...

I made a King cake a few years ago for a school project. Do you know how hard it is to find a baby Jesus that will withstand oven temperatures? Well obviously you do. Yours came out great.

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

I have no words...no words...too funny

Susanne said...

Well, the icing is uhm, bright! I've heard of those cakes and saw them on the Food Network but didn't realize it was Baby Jesus in them. I wonder what the significance of the baby being Jesus would be?

Was it good? Did Angie start a tradition in your house?

Jenny said...

The cake looks yummy, but I would have to agree with RissaRoo. Putting little plastic Baby Jesus in a cake would make me nervous and I wuld be watching everyone who ate it to make sure they did not swallow him:}

Kathryn Magendie said...

OMG LOVE IT! I was just in BR and ate my weight in Kings Cake! - UMMMM YUMMMM - it's so danged good!!! :)

Tammy said...

YUMMMMMM.

Ya' know, I've eaten many a King Cake over the years and somehow I never knew that was Baby Jesus. We always just called it the good luck baby.

Melissa said...

We make our own King cake here but we follow the original tradition of having the cake on Jan 6th (Epiphany). Its a tradition my children love (even still in their teenage yrs). Tho I have no idea how the whole cake relates to the Mardi Gras theme

annie's eyes said...

Well, I missed the whole excitement. I was planning on sending my kids each a king cake and forgot, and now Fat Tuesday is the second Wednesday of Lent. One of them gave up sugar for Lent, so it really would be mean to send one of those delicious cakes. Yours looks really good. Thanks for making me hungry. Maybe I'll go get some ice cream. And thanks for stopping by Jean's today. Love, Annette

Erin said...

You are a riot! LOL!!!!

Susan said...

Hmmm...I thought he was cooked into the cake and then someone "hoped to find him" in there. This is intersting.

:-) Susan

moodswingingmommy said...

How cool is that? I've never had a king cake before. Maybe I'll try making one next year.

Laurie Ann said...

Congratulations!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I've had a king cake from Mardi Gra. A friend brought me one from her trip home. I guess you can buy them from everywhere b/c mine had a Walmart sticker on it. They are like donuts or just regular items in the bakery depts down there.

Mine didn't have Jesus but I do so it's okay. :-)

Marsha said...

Lidna, you are correct that the person who receives the baby in his/her slice is obligated to buy the next cake.

Susan, the baby used to come already placed somewhere inside the cake and nobody knew where he was to be found until someone choked on or swallowed the baby and the ensuing lawsuit ensured that the purchaser is now the one who places the baby in the cake. You do it from the bottom so nobody can tell where you put it. I don' think that it was ever baked inside the cake, at least not in more modern times.

The name King Cake comes from the day of Epiphany, which is the day the three Kings visited the baby Jesus. Where I live in Louisiana, we start buying King Cake at that time and one is generally purchased each week up through Fat Tuesday. That's why the finder of the baby brings the next cake. It is considered good luck to find the baby.

I was fortunate to ride on my company's float the first year we had a true Mardi Gras parade here in Monroe. The theme that year was movies and I was ET. I had a blast on the float. We "tossed" (handed out) those cheap disposable phones along with massive amounts of beads and wrapped candies. I worked for a phone company and ET fit perfectly with our float theme of "Phone Home".

Our parade is nowhere near the size of some of the other towns and cities along the gulf nor the one in Shreveport, which I've also ridden in but it is good sized. There are protestors every year standing on the bridge and all along the parade route holding signs proclaiming the sinfulness of the Mardi Gras celebration.

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

I gave one of these away too and never ate one during Mardi Gras. I'm quite proud of that accomplishment. Enjoy! And laissez les bon temps rouler (that's French).

DebraLSchubert said...

Linda, I'm new to your blog - found my way over via Angie who was supposed to have sent ME the cake! (Kidding!) Check out my blog. I've linked to you!

Mel said...

So out of the cake loop i have never heard of this before!!!

hmmm looks good though

Darla said...

i want one of these! please tell me where i can order one from...seriously! i've had one once in my life but my kids have never seen this, it would be a cool learning tool (good excuse!)

Shawna said...

I'm totally jealous! I love King Cake, but I didn't get any this year because they were so expensive. And I'm only an hour from New Orleans! (which my daughter calls New Yorleans)

jennifer said...

sweet baby jesus!

Cathy Davis said...

Oh Lidna! How did you enjoy your king cake? I had one last year for the first time and loved it! We all wanted the baby (you know whoever gets the baby has to buy the next king cake?)!!

Roxanne said...

Have eaten MANY a King Cake. . .but never had or noticed that the baby was anatomically correct. . .yours must be special.

TexasRed said...

I haven't had a King Cake in years. May have to start that tradition here!

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

So, first I should go read about this tradition as I find stuffing the baby Jesus in a cake a rather odd tradition. I'm curious about the cake itself since several are raving about it. Other than the brightness is it some special type of actual cake, or frosting? Is it really extra yummy or is it just the once a yearness and tradition that makes it special!

catsynth said...

It's an interesting concept. Never heard of a "King Cake", actually.

Tell Me Thursday said...

Awesome photos and story telling! You might like our meme at Tell Me Thursday - you can make your WW really wordless and STILL tell the story! Give it a try!