Mardi Gras season, also known around the world as Carnival, is a long-standing European tradition that is believed to have been brought to New Orleans by the French in 1870. Mardi Gras comes with many traditions, one of which is the beloved King Cake. In the century and a half since, the King Cake has evolved into a delicacy in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and many bakers even take an artistic approach to their creations.
Mardi Gras season begins on January 6th, a day known to Christians as the 12th day after Christmas, also known as “Twelfth Night” or “Epiphany.” According to the Biblical story, on this night, the three wise kings visited the baby Jesus in Bethlehem, so the King Cake is baked in honor of them. King Cakes are traditionally oval-shaped to symbolize a wreath, and they are usually decorated in the three Mardi Gras colors: purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power).