Joe Gambino’s Bakery in New Orleans calls their cakes “The King of King Cakes.” They are world famous and that great Mardi Gras tradition is now available here in Red River Parish.
Red River Industries has received their limited supply of Gambino’s King Cakes. They are now on sale for $25. Add that special touch to your Mardi Gras celebration, or just have one for desert.
Here is a little bit of history and tradition from New Orleans Showcase website:
“Mardi Gras season begins on January 6, of each year and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. One of the wonderful traditions of Mardi Gras, and probably the most delicious, is the King Cake.
On the Christian calendar, the 12th day after Christmas is celebrated as the date that the gift-bearing Magi visited the baby Jesus. The celebration of this event has evolved over the centuries, with each culture adding its own unique rituals. The New Orleans tradition is believed to have begun in the 1870’s. As part of this celebration, it is now traditional to bake a cake in honor of the three kings – the King Cake. King Cakes are oval-shaped to symbolize the unity of faiths. Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors – purple representing justice, green representing faith, and gold representing power. A small baby, symbolizing the baby Jesus, is traditionally hidden inside each King Cake.
The Journal purchased a King Cake from Red River Industries strictly for quality control reasons! Yum. Nuf said! Oh, you have to insert the baby yourself.