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History of the king cake on Fat Tuesday

Posted at 9:13 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 21:13:27-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Donut Days Bakery recently began making king cakes in celebration of fat Tuesday. The cakes come sprinkled in purple, yellow and green so you can celebrate Mardi Gras without being in the French Quarter.

"Purple traditionally is justice, green is faith, and yellow is power," Donut Days owner Fred Wohlstein noted.

The cakes are traditionally eaten for 30 days, not just on fat Tuesday.

"This is just the final day because this is the day before Ash Wednesday," Wohlstein said. "The season of lent begins for 46 days until Holy Saturday. This is their last chance to indulge and then tomorrow they'll be asked to give something up for Lent."

Traditionally, the king cakes are cinnamon flavored, but over time flavors like cherry, apple and cream cheese became popular.

Each cake comes with a toy baby hidden in one of the pieces, and whoever picks the piece with the baby has to host next year's party.