What is a King Cake? [giveaway CLOSED]

What is a King Cake? [giveaway CLOSED]

Well, we’re glad you asked.

It’s Mardi Gras season, dear friends. We at Captain and Clark are huge patrons of traditions, especially ones that include pastry. If it’s a French pastry tradition, all the better. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the tradition of the King Cake, then hold on to your Mardi Gras beads… you’re about to learn. King Cakes are a traditional part of the New Orleans festivity that leads up to Lent. As the good people of NOLA remember the story of the wise-men searching for little baby Jesus they craft the perfection that is King Cakes. These King Cakes are cloaked in the colors of the kings. Gold for power, green for faith, and purple represents justice. The best part is that somewhere inside the cake is a tiny baby figure that symbolizes baby Jesus. By eating the cake you all get to go on a search for Jesus, just like the wise-men. Who ever finds the baby gets extra good luck for the year. Don’t worry though, if you don’t get the baby you still get cake. The symbolism is almost as delicious as the cake itself. Let’s be honest though, the cake is way better.

Shop Sucre

To help you  celebrate this tradition, we’re hosting a giveaway with our old pals at Shop Sucre. On the 26th we’ll make a joyous announcement and one of you will win your own King Cake. Be the envy of all your neighbors and friends as you flaunt your cosmopolitan flair and topical knowledge, by offering them King Cake. Check out the easy ways to enter below.


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If you have any more knowledge, or dare we say, personal anecdotes please leave them in the comments below. We love to hear from you all.


ShopSucre was kind enough to provide a free King Cake for the giveaway. Obviously. *Giveaway open to residents of the continental U.S. only.

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  1. Amber Rieke
    February 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I _might_ share it with my husband or coworkers, but I am just as likely to hide it on top of the fridge and keep all the Baby Jesus goodness for myself. That’s why they call it Fat Tuesday, baby.

    • Captain & Clark
      February 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      We wouldn’t even blame you! The cake is perfect for dessert, breakfast, mid-morning snack… hell, it’s good at any time!

  2. Rachel Cartucci
    February 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    I would share this yummy goodness with my son Jack!

  3. Ehleeza
    February 10, 2014 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    I would share with my family! My daughter Teyah (3) would love this cake and what it represents, and my son True (1) eats anything! Vernon would enjoy also! Such a neat tradition! Maybe will have to make it a tradition of our own if we get to taste it! Hopefully we don’t eat the baby Jesus…

  4. Molly
    February 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    I would share with my marvelous boyfriend

  5. Gerard ~ GQ trippin
    February 14, 2014 at 12:24 am - Reply

    I might share it with Q on days I’m cutting back on carbs.

  6. Alouise
    February 15, 2014 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    So not sure if this giveaway is open internationally (I live in Edmonton, Canada), but assuming it is I’d share the King cake with my family.

    • Captain & Clark
      February 16, 2014 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      I’m sad to say, Alouise, that it’s only for the US. Don’t despair though, they still ship internationally, I believe.

  7. Susan Christy
    February 22, 2014 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    I go to my friends for dinner every Sunday and I always take dessert since I’m the only baker in the group. Would love to share this King Cake with them.

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