Fat Tuesday sugary bliss is just a click away after all. The king cake, a New Orleans tradition, arrived in the office courtesy of 1-800 Bakery this week, and although it’s not part of my Fat Tuesday paczki tradition, this 2 1/2 pound cinnamon sweet bread decorated in purple, gold and green sugar may become my substitute.
The cake’s sugary colors may give you pause, but the colors are symbolic, with purple for justice; green for faith; and gold for power. According to the bakery, the cake is representative of a jeweled crown, in honor of the Three Wise Men who visited Jesus on the Epiphany. A tiny plastic baby symbolic of baby Jesus is placed inside each king cake.
You can order the cake from 1-800 Bakery here. At $23.95 plus shipping, it won’t be the cheapest breakfast you’ve ever had, but 2 1/2 pounds of bread will take you pretty far toward the 18-20 slice estimate.