King Cake! A New Orleans-Style Recipe for Mardi Gras Cookbook Recipes

King cakes have always bemused me. They must be the most garish, hideously-colored thing in the baker’s repertoire. Green, purple, and yellow? Really? And yet king cakes are a cherished Mardi Gras tradition — in fact, several of you wrote requesting a recipe. So I took a deep breath and confronted this paint-splattered cake for the first time, with a little help from a new cookbook from The Times Picayune of New Orleans. And you know what? I think that this might have to become a tradition in my household too! Why? Well…

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