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Many people celebrate Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and all things associated with the King Cake. Fat Tuesday and King Cake is a way to let loose before Ash Wednesday and Lent. Fat Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which happens to fall during Mardi Gras Festivities.
What is King Cake?
King Cake is a sweet, circular pastry, cake or bread that is the centerpiece to any good Fat Tuesday. The Louisiana-style is a twisted ring of cakey bread dough decorated in green, purple and gold icing and sprinkles. Besides the gooey, sweet deliciousness of the cake, the most fun part is the trinket, often a figurine in the shape of a baby. The trinket plays a crucial part in this fun festival tradition, whoever finds the trinket in their slice of cake gets to be “king” for the day. Being “king” there are some duties though, whoever is named the “king” must bring the King Cake the following year.
How is it made?
There a many versions of the King Cake. The most tradition Louisiana-style Mardi Gras king cake is a sweet dough which is twisted into an oval, adorned with colored sugar doughs before baking. There are some versions which are split then filled with cream or fruit; some tapped with candied fruit, icing and colored sugar. The green, gold, and purple are associated with Mardi Gras. Green represents faith, gold is power, and purple is justice.
Why is there a plastic baby inside my king cake?
There is a long history of hiding the trinkets inside the king cakes, the small plastic baby is the modern tradition. It started in New Orleans. In the 1950s Mckenzie’s Pastry Shoppe popularized the baby trinkets. Originally they were porcelain babies but later swapped out for an easier-to-find plastic version. Typically the plastic baby figurines are sold along with an already-baked cake, then hidden by the purchaser. However, there are some places that you can buy the cake with the baby figurine already inside of the cake. Mckenzie’s is now closed since 2001, but there are many other great bakeries around the world that produced the traditional New Orleans King Cake. The New Orleans Pelicans (NBA team) unveils a season mascot of the King Cake Baby Mascot.
Where can I get my own king cake?
There’s always the option to make your own King Cake which could be fun! There are tons of DIY King Cake recipes online! However, if you prefer to buy a king cake there are several great local bakeries that can make those delicious gooey king cakes for you!
Burney’s Sweets and More
Tuesday Jeff Gordon Chevrolet took a ride out to Burney’s Sweets and More in our new Blazer to pick up our King Cake. Burney’s Sweets and More is a local shop with a lot of great treats! The king cake from Burney’s Sweets and More was a traditional Louisiana-Style cake with the green, purple, and gold colors, there was also a baby hidden inside! Our GM received the baby for the second year in a row!
Great Harvest Bread Company
Great Harvest Bread Co. is another great local bakers and cafe who mill their own grain and bake the bread and sweets from scratch. They sell Baked-from-Scratch traditional Louisiana Style King Cake with the baby included!
Apple Annie’s Bake Shop is a premier local bakery offering the finest cakes, pastries, bread and more. Helps in making memories every day! They have the authentic King Cake available for in-store pick-up!
Be sure to have fun this Mardi Gras season, laugh a lot, make memories and stay safe, and never forget your King Cake! Let your boss have the last piece so they can bring the King Cake to the office next year!
Fat Tuesday Events Around Wilmington
Enjoy fat Tuesday with some wings and The Fat Tuesday Review at Wild Wings Cafe. Buy 6 wings and get 6 FREE or buy 12 wings and get 12 FREE! All night $6 Captain Hurricanes on special. The Fat Tuesday Review takes the stage at 7 pm.
Cape Fear Contra Dancers are hosting an evening of energetic, contemporary American country dancing at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church. Get your exercise on while dancing to live music from the Box of Chocolates band. No experience and no partner necessary, all ages are welcome. Be sure you dress in your best cool and causual purple, green and gold, wear soft-sold shoes, and bring plenty of water.
Enjoy your Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras style under the bridge with The Port City Players, 2 Bros N’awlins Cuisine Food Truck, and Waterline Brewing Company. After the Port City Players show there will be a march up from Front Street to Cape Fear Wine & Beer for a second line up. Noise makers and instruments welcomed for the march.
The Port City Players
The Players are:
Jared Evans- Drums
Jones Smith- Bass
Jim Nelson- Keys
Randy McQuay- Guitar/ Harmonica
Alex Chamyan- Fiddle
Maaike Brandis- Trombone
Paul Lewis- Saxophones
Wes Chappell- Electric Sax
David Miles- Trumpet
Ken Rebeck- Accordion
Enjoy Fat Tuesday for a fun night with live music, drink specials and trivia at Mac’s Speed Shop! Live music with Steel Country Express begins at 7 pm. Big Twin Tuesday is $4 pints and $4 house margaritas. Then the fat Tuesday Challenge with trivia and photo tasks for a chance to win FREE Mac’s gear!
Celebrate the last blowout bash of carnival season with Pour Taproom and Great Minds ILM. Play a fun game of trivia from 7-9 pm. Don’t forget to wear your mask and get extra points! There are 5 winners every week so put your best trivia team together and have a fun night!
Grab your friends and get your artistic buzz on at Wine & Design! No experience is necessary, just BYO wine, beer, soda and appetizers, cups and corkscrews will be provided. Enjoy a 2-hour artist lead event making beautiful Mardi Gras mask.
Enjoy an authentic New Orleans style Mardi Gras Party at Wilmington’s Bourbon Street! Dane Britt will be performing live, there will be no cover and there will be King Cake GIVEAWAYS! Enjoy some of these fun typical recipes for the celebration.
- Crawfish Etouffee
- Seafood Gumbo
- Shrimp Po’boys
- King Cake
- Crawfish boil
Have fun this Mardi Gras season, laugh a lot, make memories and stay safe, and never forget your King Cake! Let your boss have the last piece so they can bring the King Cake to the office next year! Remember to be responsible!
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Valentine’s, Galentines, Palentines or whatever you like to celebrate or don’t celebrate on February 14th, Wilmington has something to do for everyone! There’s also some fun things to do with the kids!
Things to do
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Friday 2/14 for the Kids
Hugs & Fishes Valentine’s Day Lock-In at N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Hearts and Hugs Valentine’s Day Party at Fit for Fun Center
Saturday 2/15 for the Adults
Friday 2/15 or 2/16 for the Kids
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