History Behind the King Cake

History Behind the King Cake
February 23, 2017 Sterling Cryder

Keep the Southern traditions alive, OKC style! We will bring Mardi Gras to you on Feb. 28th for Pearl’s Crabtown’s Fourth Annual Fat Tuesday Bash, 5p.m. to close. This 21 and up event, held upstairs at Pearl’s Saloon, charges a $5 cover and boasts the following: live music from Tulsa’s Paul Benjamin Band, beads, masks, $5 Hurricanes, a crawfish eating contest, and a special King Cake cupcake giveaway.

Speaking of King Cake cupcakes…here are a few things you might want to know:

  2. You might wonder where “King Cake” gets its name. Well, we’re here to tell you! This infamous Mardi Gras desert takes its name from the three biblical kings who visited the Baby Jesus on the Epiphany.
  3. First baked roughly 300 years ago, the original King Cake was much simpler, with just sugar on top and a bean hidden inside to represent the Baby Jesus. Now, King Cakes are much more decorated, with colorful icing and an actual plastic baby baked inside instead of a bean.

Sound like a fun tradition? Well you’re in LUCK! The first 100 people at Crabtown’s Mardi Gras Bash will receive King Cake cupcakes from Cuppies & Joe. Traditionally, the person who finds the plastic baby hidden in the King Cake brings a King Cake to the next party. Crabtown’s spin on the Carnival classic involves hiding plastic babies in 22 cupcakes this year, so attendees have a shot at winning one of three different prizes.

“We have taken the festivity to a whole other level. If you find a green baby, you win a gift card to Pearl’s Restaurant Group, a purple baby earns you a Mardi Gras swag bag, and a gold baby means you won one of two grand prize packages,” said Paul Seikel, Pearl’s Restaurant Group owner.

The grand prize package includes a one night stay at the Embassy Suites in Bricktown, a $100 gift card to Pearl’s Restaurant Group, and a pair of tickets to an upcoming concert at The Criterion.

Sold yet? Come celebrate for yourself, it will NOT disappoint!

And as they say in New Orleans…Laissez les bon temps rouler!