King cakes bring Mardi Gras tradition to Tri-State

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – There’s nothing that says Mardi Gras quite like the traditional dessert known as king cake.

The New Orleans inspired treat is typically a cinnamon pasty cake, topped with a glaze and brightly colored sugars. Often a baby figurine is baked or placed inside the cake.

GaylaCake bakery in Evansville is one local bakery that bakes these specialty cakes every year for Fat Tuesday.

“We love tradition around here because we like to bake everything according to old family recipes and things that we love. If we don’t like it, we don’t put it out, so the king cake is something that we love,” said GaylaCake owner Gayla Bell. “It really is very much cinnamon roll- like, then we put a nice glaze on it, and then the sugars, very traditional purple, green, and yellow-gold sugars on all of it to adorn it.”

The cakes are a traditional dessert for Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras celebrations across the country.

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(This story was originally published on February 24, 2020)

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