King Cake: Traditions + Where to Find One Now
Mardi Gras 2021 is February 16. Until then, you can enjoy one of the highlights of the season: King Cake! Although recipes abound, the cake is typically slightly sweet, pastry-inspired and baked in a circle or oval. Custom fillings, colorful icing and sprinkles are also often involved.
To sweeten the experience, there’s a game to go with it. The tradition is simple, and it’s something that kids will love. Each cake has a small figure (usually a plastic baby) hidden in one of the pieces.
Finding the figure has different significance in different circles. It can mean a year of good luck, the honor of being royalty for the day or the fun responsibility of buying the next King Cake. However you play, you’re eating cake. I’d call that good luck all around!
**Safety Moment: Don’t worry, today’s bakeries will usually include the figure separately for customers to hide on their own. That way you can keep track of what your kids put in their mouths!**
Where to Find King Cake in Central Arkansas
With only about a month to enjoy this treat, we thought we’d share this list now. We’ll update as soon as we find more details on local options.
This local favorite currently offers three varieties of King Cake. You can order by the slice or by the cake while supplies last!
Locations: Downtown | 1200 Main Street, Little Rock; West Little Rock | 270 South Shackleford Road, Little Rock
Blue Cake Company
The Blue Cake Company’s King Cake offers 2 pounds(!) of brioche, cinnamon sugar, cream cheese glaze, plus festive decor. This crowd-pleasing confection serves 8-12.
To order: Visit their online menu or call 501-868-7771.
Location: 315 N. Bowman Road, Suite 14, Little Rock