Local bakery breaks out a traditional cake for Mardi Gras

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(ABC 6 News) – This Mardi Gras, Sweet House Bakery in Rochester is serving up a holiday tradition – King cake.

The cake is made of a croissant-like dough and is filled with cream cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. To top it all off, literally, are purple, green, and yellow sprinkles. Each color represents a different meaning. Purple represents “justice”, green represents “growth,” and gold represents “prosperity and wealth.”

If you look inside or on top of your cake, it’s likely you’ll find a toy baby. The baby symbolizes Jesus and is placed to signify the Epiphany. If you end up with the baby on your plate, you’re now known as the king or queen. Legend says you are then given the responsibility of bringing a king cake to the next event.

Mardi Gras refers to the Carnival celebrations beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany. The holiday is the day before Ash Wednesday and is meant as “one last night” of rich eating before Lenten season begins.

Pre-orders for king cake have sold out. Sweet House Bakery will have miniature ones for sale on Tuesday while supplies last.