Have your cake … and drink it, too!

KingCake_1A party is best shared and so is a pot of coffee, which is why we like to bring Mardi Gras on the road with our Carnivale Cake coffee. Community© Carnivale Cake coffee hits shelves in January to kick off the carnivale season.

Of course, what would Carnivale Cake coffee be without a little Carnivale Cake/King Cake as well. Mardi Gras season and King Cakes go hand in hand with literally hundreds of thousands of King Cakes being consumed at parties and office lunch rooms every year.

The coming of the wise men bearing gifts to the Christ Child is celebrated twelve days after Christmas. This is referred to as the Feast of the Epiphany, or Little Christmas on the Twelfth Night. King Cake continues the celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany with a special cake to honor the Three Kings. This tradition originated in Europe where a bean or a coin would be hidden inside of the cake for good fortune to the finder. In Latin America a small figure, representing the Christ Child was placed inside for the same purpose.

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Today, the tradition continues with people all over the world. The tiny baby in the King Cake is generally plastic now and many times provided with the cake so the party host, and not the baker, can insert the “baby.” In offices, schools and homes the King Cake is a weekly tradition from January 6th until the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, with whoever gets the baby usually buying the next cake. And, of course, whoever gets the baby in the cake on Mardi Gras day has to bring the first King Cake next year on January 6th.

16292_CarnivaleCake_SS_12ct_lrg_jcOriginally, King Cakes were a simple ring of braided dough with a small amount of decoration. The top of the ring or oval cake is then covered with delicious sugar toppings in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Some bakeries have been creative with stuffing and topping their cakes with different flavors of cream cheese and fruit fillings. We’ve also gotten creative too and added Community© Carnivale Cake coffee to our offerings.

Since King Cakes come out during every Mardi Gras carnivale season, they are also called Carnivale Cakes which is how we named our coffee. With the King Cake being the centerpiece at many Mardi Gras parties throughout the season, it only makes sense to pair it with the “king” of all flavored coffees, Community© Carnivale Cake coffee.Share the Mardi Gras spirit while having your cake and drinking it, too!

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