Sugar Rush

How to Make a King Cake for Mardi Gras

Before I knew Mardi Gras was associated with copious alcohol consumption or showing breasts for beads, it was all about the cake.

Tucked away in the loft of a Lutheran church, my grade-school French class would indulge in yeasty cinnamon cake every snowy February. I would cross my fingers under my desk, hoping to be crowned queen, as everyone carefully devoured a piece of the king cake, searching for the whole almond.