>> Monday, September 7, 2009
Madi Gras- More than an Excuse to Party!!
After searching high and low for the "perfect" cake for inspiration for Jaimie's Cake Inspired Contest I decided on: The New Orleans traditional KING CAKE.
"The King Cake tradition came to New Orleans with the first French settlers and has stayed ever since. Like the rest of Mardi Gras during those early days, the king cake was a part of the family's celebration, and really didn't take on a public role until after the Civil War. In 1870, the Twelfth Night Revelers held their ball, with a large king cake as the main attraction. Instead of choosing a sacred king to, the TNR used the bean in the cake to choose the queen of the ball. This tradition has carried on to this day, although the TNR now use a wooden replica of a large king cake. The ladies of the court pull open little drawers in the cake's lower layer which contain the silver and gold beans. Silver means you're on the court; gold is for the queen."
The King Cake isn't what you picture when you think of a "beautiful cake" it looks very hand done, like anyone could decorate it. The most simple, said to be the most traditional, is a ring of twisted bread topped with icing or sugar, usually colored purple, green, and gold (the traditional Carnival colors) with food coloring.
What makes the King Cake so special is all the Tradition behind it.
As tradition went on and the King Cake became more of a symbol of the past, the gold bean was replaced by a small plastic baby.
....And now finally for my look....
The King Cake... Done SEXY!
Party like you in New Orleans
It wouldn't be a king cake without the Icing and Sprinkles
I had sooo much fun doing this look... it really is the most "dramatic" look I have ever done
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There is still time to enter her contest so go get those brushes and get started!!!!