Mardi Gras is an amazing compilation of celebration and religious tradition. The King Cake is one such tradition and All Saints Catholic School has taken that tradition and added a modern twist.
King Cake is named for the Three Wise Men, or Kings, who followed the guiding star and paid homage to Christ. The cake is a gift shared by family and friends that reminds us of the night and the gifts given by the Kings. It was later, that cake was brought forward to celebrate and give special “King” presents to children.
The oval-shaped cake is decorated in the three official colors of Mardi Gras: gold, green and purple. The gold color stands for power, the green color represents faith, and the purple is for justice. Traditionally each King Cake holds a tiny plastic baby and the lucky guest to receive the piece of cake with the baby inside is announced the King of the evening, and is obligated to host the next year’s party. But, you don’t have to worry about having to throw a Mardi Gras party. Here in Roswell, we like to do things a bit differently.
Sticking with tradition, we are still searching for the baby inside of the cake, but the rules have updated. We have twelve cakes now, each possessing one tiny plastic baby inside. If you are lucky enough to find a baby in your slice of cake your name will be placed in a drawing along with the names of the guests who also found babies. Once all of the babies have been located a drawing of the twelve names will be held and a single prize winner will be named.
We are gathering new donations ever day and have not decided on a grand prize yet but, previous winners of the King Cake drawing have received a trip for two to Ruidoso with accommodations at a private cabin and multiple gift certificates to local restaurants. Last year’s winner took home a brand new stainless steel barbecue grill donated by Home Depot. Those are not bad prizes for eating a piece of cake, so come treat yourself with this sweet delight and get your chance to win a “royal” prize.
Guests will have the opportunity to purchase a slice of cake for $5.00 in the hopes to finding one of the twelve babies and a chance at the grand prize.