WHY IS THERE A BABY IN THE KING CAKE?

Manny Randazzo's king cakes are famous throughout South Louisiana. Everyone in the New Orleans area lines up during the Mardi Gras season to get their king cakes. Nothing beats our traditional creamy icing on top of our classic cinnamon dough braids. Along with the tasty king cake, Randazzo's includes a small baby inside the cake, keeping in line with the king cake's rich history. 

The rise of Christianity in Rome brought along many new traditions, especially when it came to the king cake. Before the spread of Christianity, ancient Romans placed a fava bean inside their cakes for the Saturnalia festival, a celebration of the god of the harvest. Now, we use a baby to symbolize the baby Jesus. Once Christianity spread across Rome and Europe, Saturnalia became what we now call Mardi Gras.  It is also known as the day of the Epiphany. On this night, the three wise men traveled to Bethlehem to offer gifts to the baby Jesus. We include a baby inside the king cakes to celebrate the birth of Christ, and finding the baby inside the king cake comes with some responsibilities. If you are so lucky to find the baby, you will be responsible for hosting the next Mardi Gras celebration and providing the next king cake. 

The tradition of the baby in the king cake lives on at Manny Randazzo's bakery. Whether you are celebrating the Epiphany or just in it for the cake, you cannot ignore the tradition of the carnival season. Don't miss out on a king cake this year. Visit Manny Randazzo's bakery in the New Orleans area for the best king cake in South Louisiana.