My mom is from New Orleans, so we always made a big deal out of celebrating Mardi Gras in my house when I was growing up. And to help with the celebrating, my grandmother would always mail us a few King Cakes from NOLA. It’s tough to find good King Cake in DC but seeing this made me think that Mardi Gras-themed doughnuts could be a great substitute.
The doughnuts pictured above are from Emeril’s Delmonico in New Orleans and listed in Grub Street New York’s 101 of America’s Most Crazy-Awesome New Desserts slideshow. Had my kitchen renovations been completed in time, I would have tried to make these myself, but it will just have to wait till next year.
For a quick history lesson on this Fat Tuesday morning, NPR’s The Salt has a great explanation of the history of King Cake and how the tradition of putting a small plastic baby inside started. I found the baby in the king cake my mom made this weekend (her best yet!) and, since there was no ball for me to be crowned the queen of, I’m hoping it instead means good luck for my new kitchen!
Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler!