Mardi Gras 2014 is fast approaching. Do you celebrate it?
Visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras is one of my “Bucket List” things to do. It looks like a lot of fun. Here in New York we don’t really celebrate it. I would love to get into the crowd and collect some plastic beads (but I’m not flashing anyone my “goodies” – ha ha).
Mardi Gras, often called “Fat Tuesday”, refers to the carnival like celebrations that begin on or after the Epiphany (Kings Day) and ends on the day before Ash Wednesday.
Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French. It gets it’s name from eating rich and fatty foods prior to the start of Lent.
Mardi Gras is all about having fun and celebrating. It’s also about the food. One popular Mardi Gras treat is a King Cake. A King Cake (or Kings Cake) is a light and airy pastry like cake. It is often decorated in colorful ways.
My favorite part about the King Cake is the tradition of placing a small plastic baby inside or underneath the cake. The person who finds the baby is suppose to provide a King Cake for the next gathering. Or some people believe the person who finds the baby will have good luck. Different cultures have different meaning for the baby in the King Cake.
If you are looking to add a King Cake to your celebration look no further than Sucré. The Sucré King Cake was voted “A Favorite” By The Times Picayune 2012 King Cake Contest and 2011 “BEST” King Cake by a Washington Post blind taste test.
The bakery’s signature buttery King Cake pastry is sweetened by cinnamon and raw cane sugar then folded with a light layer of creole cream cheese. Each cake can serve 8-10 people.
The cake is available from January 6, 2014 – March 3, 2014.
I have never tired a King Cake before. I always wanted to. I think the idea of finding the baby in the cake sounds like fun.
Sucre was kind enough to send a King Cake to me to review with my family.
There was a bit of a mix up with the cake (on my end – it had NOTHING to do with Sucré). I wasn’t home when the cake arrived. My husband thought it had to be kept cold (he wasn’t really sure what it was made of). We didn’t have any room in our fridge due to a party we were going to (it was filled with veggies, appetizers, drinks…). In order to keep the cake cold my husband put the box outside. The cake was outside for most of the day. I think the fluctuation in the temperature caused the colorful sugars to melt because the cake didn’t look as pretty as I knew it would look. I have reviewed Sucre products in the past and they are always beautiful looking and look just as lovely as they do on their website. I have no doubt that the King Cake did too. I just think the cake sitting outside (in the box) in cold, then warm, then back to cold temperatures melted the sugars.
No matter what the cake tasted wonderful. It was light, buttery and airy. It reminded me of a Danish pastry more than it did a traditional cake. It went perfectly with a cup of tea. In fact tea was a great compliment to the delicious cake.
You can search for Sucré on my site and you’ll see how lovely their products are.
Even the box the King Cake came in was very festive. Sucré even included some information about the cake and Mardi Gras.
I loved the cake and I would order it again next year. It’s fun and colorful and tastes delicious.
Sucre even included the plastic baby (not baked in the cake) and some colorful Mardi Gras beaded necklaces. That was a nice touch and really added to the overall presentation of the cake.
I should have had this post up sooner (sorry, my pictures were being held “hostage” in my broken camera). You can still place an order up to March 3rd. If you live in the New Orleans area you can even swing by the bakery in New Orleans or Metairie, LA.
For more information or to place an order visit www.ShopSucre.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
FYI… Their Macarons are yummy! And so are their chocolates. Keep an eye out for their Easter chocolate offerings.
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.