JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - You see the popular Mardi Gras pastries across the Magnolia State everywhere you go, coated in their signature purple, green, and yellow sugar.
Local bakeries can barely keep up with orders from Mississippians in need of their king cake fix. You might have stopped to think, “What makes the king cake tradition so popular here in Mississippi?”
Jeff Good owns a local bakery in Jackson and says he has seen the king cake craze spike to an all time high.
“This year we will bake between 4,500 and 5,000 king cakes during the carnival season,” says Good.
King cake is always a highlight for the Mardi Gras season, and the person behind these tasty treats at Broadstreet Cafe is Amie Henderson. The pastry chef says, “From January to March we work 12-14 hours everyday.”
We know why we eat these yummy treats every year, but where does the tradition come from? Legend says king cakes are oval shaped to symbolize the unity of faith.
Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors; purple symbolizes justice, green symbolizes faith, and gold symbolizes power.
So you can expect the king cake craze to continue again this year!
“We are all foodies," says Good. “We love food and I think king cake is really just a delicious thing.”