King Cake, a Sweet Dessert for Mardi Gras


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Tri-colored King Cake with a tiny baby figure hidden inside.

King Cake is a colorful Mardi Gras dessert that has special meaning and an added surprise.

This cake has its origins in France and Spain.  It is shaped like a crown and is part of the Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 – celebration.  The sweet treat is enjoyed before the 40 day Lenten fasting period leading up to Easter.

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It’s more like a breakfast coffee cake than a birthday cake.

Hidden inside each cake is a tiny plastic baby symbolizing the Christ Child.  Whomever receives the piece containing the hidden treasure is ‘King for the Day’ and is said to have good luck for the rest of the year.

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Royal Cupcake at Port Orleans. No baby figure hidden inside, but it is filled with buttercream frosting. $6

You can celebrate Mardi Gras this week with a Kings Cake-inspired Royal Cupcake at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort.

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Cupcakes and beignets

Try some famous, freshly-made Mickey beignets at the Scat Cat Cafe.

Freshly made beignets!
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Yes please!  ❤


At Disneyland, the Mardi Gras celebration food:

Mardi Gras Coconut Cake
Disneyland’s 3-layer Cake: The delicious Mardi Gras Coconut Cake!
The Lemon Royal Cupcake, with lemon butter crème inside and decorated with royal-colored frosting. $6
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Princess Tiana wearing her winter gown for Mardi Gras two years ago at Disneyland.
Mardi Gras fun at Disneyland
Let the good times roll!


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King Mickey treating his Mardi Gras queen right!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom
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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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