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Gâteau du Roi

This box arrived today from Karen's father in
Louisiana. She said that he sent it to encourage
her to come home for Mardi Gras.

Inside was a Mardi Gras King's Cake.

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A purple info sheet came with it that said the French settlers
brought the custom of King's Cake to Louisiana in the 18th century.

A small token or coin was hidden in it as a surprise. Today they
hide a small plastic baby in the cake.

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It looked moldy to Mike and me -- it had green and purple
food coloring on top -- but it tasted pretty good.

I asked Karen what she remembers about eating King's Cake.
- Natalie

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Beads, baby and coin (22k) "I ate my first Gâteau du Roi when I was in the first grade. I went to a Mardi Gras parade where Buckskin Bill was riding on the Holsum Bread float. He was hurling miniature loaves of bread into the crowded streets."

"Other people were loading up with beads and doubloons, not me. I was running the length of the parade route in pursuit of Buckskin Bill, (I was on his show the year before singing a squirrel song) determined to get as many loaves of bread as I could carry."

"That night we had King's Cake at a friends house, it was my lucky day. My first Mardi Gras and first King's cake and I got the plastic baby. What did it mean? My house was the location of the next party and more Gâteau du Roi." - Karen

"Laissez les bon temps rouler!"
The cake this year came from Anjo's Bakery. (318) 989-1977
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