Celebrate Mardi Gras: Five Alternatives to the Classic King Cake

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
4. For Breakfast Because you'll need something to help soak up the booze

A King Cake is basically one giant cinnamon roll, so these breakfast ideas just make sense. Go with classic cinnamon rolls and use colored icing and sprinkles. Or try these colorful cinnamon-laced pancakes, complete with lemon icing; these breakfast crescent rolls, topped with purple, green and gold sprinkles; or this festive cinnamon-sugar monkey bread with colorful icing.

For the trinket: Hide the baby under a stack of pancakes or in a crevice of the monkey bread. Sneak a piece of chocolate or a smear of jam into one of the crescent rolls before baking.

5. In Cocktail Form Because friends let friends drink their meals

Did you know that King Cake Vodka exists?

Well, now that you do, it's your civic duty to obtain a bottle and make these cocktails, including but not limited to a Mardi Gras Fizz, King Cake Mai Tai, and the Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler! (Let the Good Times Roll!).

If you can't get ahold of the King Cake Vodka, use Cinnamon Schnapps, Amaretto and Irish cream to make this King Cake Cocktail.

For the trinket: That baby will hang beautifully off the side of a glass, don't you think?

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can anyone out there explain how the king cake migrated from epiphany to mardi gras in new orleans?


@mikhastur  from what I understand, colonists from France and Spain brought the tradition to the Southern U.S., where the cake is now served throughout the Carnival season, which lasts from Epiphany Eve to Fat Tuesday

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