Although I do not participate in Lent, am not Catholic or French, nor am I from Mobile (close though!) or New Orleans, I still enjoy a mean King Cake.
However, I have to be honest in that before this year, I had only ever partaken in one King Cake. Although not a traditional “cake” as the name would seem to make one think it is, this “cinnamon roll” style dough, rolled and filled, has made me crave one ever since. The ever so delicious King Cake that I partook in (probably 11 or 12 years ago) was from the famed J’s Pastry Shop in Pensacola, Florida. I have my friend Stefanie to thank for this sweet treat along with the longing to have another ever since.
So, naturally, when I see them make a ginormous version of a King Cake on [one of my favorite shows] Cake Boss recently, it spiked my interest back in that direction. After looking up recipe after recipe online, I realized this was not going to be the easiest treat to conjure. I had all but given up hope in even worrying about making this delicacy, when behold, an email arrives from World Market announcing their weekend sale on Mardi Gras treats and delicacies from the New Orleans area. Without delay, I rushed over that weekend and purchased a King Cake mix by Mam Papaul’s.
As you can see, this mix has easily simplified the daunting task that was a King Cake. In one simple box lies [almost] all of the ingredients needed to make such a delicious dessert. It even comes complete with all three colored sugars. And you cannot forget the best part: your very own plastic naked baby!
Fun fact from the side of the Mam Papaul’s Mardi Gras King Cake Mix:
The colors of Mardi Gras signify the following:
PURPLE signifies Justice
GREEN signifies Faith
GOLD signifies Power
So, although it was past the traditional time frame for a King Cake, the Sunday after Fat Tuesday I dove right in to my Mam Papaul’s Mardi Gras King Cake Mix.
There are two sets of instructions on the box, one for mixing and kneading in the provided bag and one for mixing and kneading with a heavy-duty mixer. Unfortunately, I did not read the entirety of the back of the box before beginning and went with the first option. Next time, I will be going with the second option! Be very careful if you choose to mix and knead in the provided bag, as plastic naked baby may have decided to tear a hole in said bag. I also chose to add plenty of pecans, so be sure to have those on hand if you so choose, as they are not included in the mix.
Although mine looks nothing like the one on the box, it was really quite tasty. After my first serving I was already craving seconds! I even got a compliment from my true Louisiana friend, Nina! With that, I would say, and looks aside, it was a success! I cannot wait to make another.