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Celebrate Mardi Gras with a King Cake

If you are celebrating Fat Tuesday (Feb. 9) at home this year, have fun with dessert with a King Cake from Blackbird Sweets (1547 Hertel Ave.). We think the kids would especially like this.

“What started as a Christian tradition in New Orleans is now enjoyed by everyone to celebrate Mardi Gras. I have had so many requests in the past, this year I decided to make them,” said Andrea Amodeo, owner/chef.

“So far they have been a big hit. We are taking orders for February and will be making them Feb. 2-9. We plan to have a Mardi Gras ‘party’ on Fat Tuesday with a few other surprise treats.”

Blackbird Sweets' King Cake is a rich Danish dough filled with cinnamon, pecans, and raisins that’s rolled and baked. The best part is the topping. A sweet delicious glaze and sugar toppings in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power).

And here’s the part the kids will love, besides eating a gooey dessert on a weeknight. “Each King Cake has a tiny plastic baby inside. The tradition of a King Cake parties has evolved over time. The ‘lucky’ person who receives the slice of cake with the baby is asked to continue the festivities by having the next King Cake party,” said Amodeo. Cost is $18.

Order a King Cake by calling the store at 253-1115 or by putting in a request at blackbirdsweets.com.

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