King Cakes originated in Europe as a celebratory food of the Feast of Epiphany or Twelfth Night Celebration, which occurs on January 6 (twelve nights after Christmas). The cakes represent the three Kings who traveled to celebrate the Christ child’s birth and often contain a bean or trinket that represents the Christ child.
The cakes are oval or round, which represents the course that the wise men took because they did not return home the same route they originally traveled during their search for the Christ child. The cakes are iced and decorated with sugar sprinkles in green (to signify faith), purple (to signify justice), and yellow (to signify power). The King Cake season extends from January 6 until Mardi Gras.
On Saturday, January 2, the Fellowship and Christian Ed committees sponsored a King Cake Baking/Lunch activity. Participants were invited to bake and decorate a cake, and enjoy lunch while cakes were in the oven. The Fellowship Committee provided a sampling of the King Cakes, after the Epiphany Service on January 6.