Tuesday, February 16

{Happy Mardi Gras!!!}

My Mom sent us a King Cake from New Orleans on Friday. The traditional favorite in our family is a King Cake from Randazzo's. But, I took a chance and tried something new--and was pleasantly surprised! This particular bakery, Gambino's, has always been a favorite of mine for baked treats when I am in town (their Blackout Cake is insane) & now their King Cake has become my new favorite! The reason this King Cake is soooo good is because they send it to you only partially finished!
The King Cake arrives in a box at your door like this:
This is how it is packaged inside:
When you first see it as it looks below--it looks naked!! But this is a good thing for a couple of reasons. Most King Cakes arrive already decorated in a bag which has bounced around in the box mushing the icing and making the cake a little gooey. Gambino's arrives fresh and ready for you to put just the right amount (for me--a very very thin layer) of white icing on before you get decorative with the purple, green, and gold sugars. My daughter loved helping to sprinkle on the sugars and it was fun for her to get to decorate her own King Cake.


I only spread just enough of a thin layer of white icing so that the sugar will have something to stick to. I actually threw away about 75% of the icing provided. And voila--the finished product!
If you missed out on the King Cake goodness during this Mardi Gras season, I believe that Randazzo's, Haydel's, and Gambino's--all local favorites--now ship them out year-round through their websites. (They may take a hiatus during the Summer months due to the heat.)

Happy Mardi Gras !!!

and you know I cannot let this day go by without saying.....
Who Dat !!!
Way to go Saints!!!



a few cool links:

  • Float Artist and Specialist Blaine Kern and his studios. His work includes floats from the Krewe of Bacchus and the Krewe of Endymion.
  • Shop for Mardi Gras goods from one of the largest distributors around!
  • Experience Mardi Gras like a local and get all the facts!
  • 18 comments:

    gigiofca said...

    How fun! Thanks for sharing a NO tradition :)

    QueenBeeSwain said...

    a fabulous tradition!

    xoox

    kHm

    M.Lane said...

    Cool post! I am still in a post Super Bowl craze. Perfect for Fat Tuesday!

    ML
    mlanesepic.blogspot.com

    ManoloChooLou said...

    I had King Cake for the very first time a couple of weeks ago. I'd never heard of it until then. Somebody brought it to share at a house party. They said there was a plastic baby somewhere inside of it...?

    Anyhow, it was delicious and I ate more than my fair share. Enjoy yours!

    Preppy Sue said...

    I love it, how fun!

    Happy Mardi Gras!

    Grayson Saige said...

    I have never had king cake before! How bad is that? It looks delicious and I love the colors though.

    Prissy Southern Prep said...

    That is a great idea on their part about leaving the toppings off so that the cake isn't too mushy! I have never had a King Cake and would love to try one.

    A Town and Country Life said...

    I just found your blog and have loved reading it. I too am considering a King Charles puppy, although my husband is trying to persuade me to get a cocker-poo. as they shed less.
    I look forward to hearing what you get, and where you get it from. It's hard to find good breeders.
    :-)

    midnight macaroons said...

    This post makes me sad. This will be the first year that we won't be celebrating with a King Cake from Gambino's (sniff). We are both on diets (tennis league in a few weeks). Gambino's is our favorite too. We've had one ship to us when we lived in California and Texas. They have the best King Cakes ever. Eat a BIG piece for me.

    PS Texas has yucky King Cakes. HAPPY MARDI GRAS, P!!!

    Jaina said...

    I used to love our Mardi Gras celebrations in our high school French class. I'm totally craving crepes now. Have a great day!

    Summerilla said...

    Happy Mardi Gras - what I wouldn't give to be able to eat one of those delicious cakes. I wish I was in New Orleans celebrating - I haven't been in a few years and I'd love to go back soon.

    Jo said...

    Oh yum! You did a great job decorating the cake :)

    Jo

    gCe said...

    Can you believe we have been through TWO mail order king cakes and TWO fresh market king cakes in my apartment?

    Landlocked Mermaid said...

    up here in gray Dc I always look forward to your posts bc they are so happy and colorful... today you didn't let me down, my friend. hugs xo

    Madeline said...

    Huh...I've never seen King Cakes sent that way! Guess it works, and is more fun for kids who get to help decorate it. :)

    PoshMomma said...

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    Trish said...

    Hello Miss Petunia! I am so happy to have found your blog! I ate my weight in king cakes this year. And it was heaven! My hubby and I are both from NOLA temporarily living up north. There is not a day that goes by that we don't miss it! Thanks for sharing your tradition! I will be following along. Your family is beautiful!

    the southern hostess said...

    How fun! I love it.