Epiphany is also traditionally when celebrants serve King's Cake, a custom that began in France in the 12th century. Legend has it that the cakes were made in a circle to represent the circular routes that the Wise Men took to find Jesus, in order to confuse King Herod and foil his plans of killing the Christ Child. In the early days, a coin or bean was hidden inside the cake, and whoever found the item was said to have good luck in the coming year. In Louisiana, bakers now put a small baby, representing the Christ Child, in the cake; the recipient is then expected to host the next King Cake party.
Here are some links for making the Fabulous Louisiana King Cake!
About.com / Southern Food
Mardi Gras Day
Cookie Madness Blog .
Kids King Cake Using Refrigerator Biscuits
Instructables King Cake
King "Cup" Cake
Let me know if you liked these! I have lots more goodies to help you and your kiddo's celebrate Mardi Gras to come!
Have a Child's Play Day!