What Is a ‘King Cake’ and Where Can You Get One in the Hudson Valley?
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
Mardi Gras, a.k.a. Fat Tuesday, are the events of the Carnival celebration after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany, according to Wikipedia. It happens on the day before ASh Wednesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday. It's basically your time to pig out and celebrate before lent. So what better way to feast than with a cake? but not just any cake, a King cake.
Wikipedia says that this is a cake associated with the Mardi Gras celebrations. The name is in honor of the three kings. The colors, purple gold, and green are the official colors of Mardi Gras. Purple stands for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. In the cake is a baby, which symbolizes good luck. But whoever gets the baby must also buy next year's King cake.
If you're looking to get a King Cake in the Hudson Valley, I can personally recommend Sweetbakes Cafe in Wappingers Falls. Jenny came in on The Morning Grind with a King Cake, Sweetbakes style. She doctored it up with some cinnamon sugar and their famous buttercream frosting. This cake was sensational and you NEED to try her cakes. You can find Jenny at Sweetbakes Cafe on her website or on her Instagram @Sweetbakescafe.