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Let Them Eat King Cake

Twelfth Night, the eve of the Epiphany, is here, which means Mardi Gras season officially kicks off today. Some people believe it’s unlucky to consume King Cake before then – I’m just still trying to detox after all the holiday peppermint bark and pie – but after tonight, the cake, beads and revelry associated with Mardi Gras are fair game. For those who are ready to eat cake, Baton Rouge’s Ambrosia Bakery, which won second place in the city’s King Cake Tasteoff two years ago, has cakes ready to ship. In Lafayette, the local Rouses, which has stores throughout South Louisiana and into Mississippi, has its King Cake display front and center when you enter the store. Both places ship their cakes around the country, and Rouses has a King Cake Deluxe Package that includes beads, doubloons, a jester doll and an info sheet on the tradition.

For more options in Lafayette, visit kingcaker.com, which lists bakeries, ratings and contact info.

Want to make your own cake? I recommend Tina’s Cajun Creations King Cake Mix, which comes complete with a baby, icing mix and purple, green and gold sugars. Want the cake without the calories? Order a slice of King Cake soap from Elizabeth Hill at Handmade at Homestead. Happy Mardi Gras!

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