Since it is Mardi Gras season and I'm working on a book set in old New Orleans, I will share the story of King Cake. The tradition of the king cake in New Orleans dates back to its earliest French settlers. The king cake was baked weekly between the Twelfth Night in January and Ash Wednesday. The cake was shaped into an oval to resemble a crown and covered with candied fruit and decorations. The modern-day King Cake is decorated with traditional King of Mardi Gras colors: green for faith, gold for power and purple for justice.
A bean or tiny china doll (representing the baby Jesus) was baked into the cake. After the cake was ready, a king cake party was held. When the cake was served, the person who received the slice with the doll became king or queen for that week and they had to provide a king cake for the party the following week and another king or queen was crowned for the week. This lasted until Lent. This tradition became a custom in many families and businesses as a way to celebrate the coming of Lent.
Below is a short video on the making of a King Cake.