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Two Cakes for Three Kings Day Celebrations

January 6th  twelve days after December 25th, is Three Kings Day often called the Twelfth Night, the day that  the three wise men arrived into town and  brought gifts to baby Jesus. The legendary visit later gave rise to the custom of gift giving at Christmas on the Feast of the Epiphany.

In many countries around the world friends and families will gather together and  celebrate Three Kings day with a special cake. These King cakes became  popular in New Orleans after the Civil War, when Twelfth Night revelers would hold a ball. During the event, a special prize would be baked into the cake. The  lady who ate the piece of cake with the prize inside was elected Queen of the Ball. Years Later, this tradition  become a family event, where one neighborhood family would get the ball rolling by hosting a king cake party on Twelfth Night and serve the treat, baking a toy into the dough.  Whoever got the piece with the baby inside was predicted to have a year of good luck and in  charge of hosting the next party!

Traditional King Cake colors are:

Purpleto symbolize Justice

Green to symbolize Faith

Gold to symbolize Power

This year,  Why not gather family and  friends and start your own king cake party tradition with on of these two Kings Cake recipes to continue on the celebration of the Birth of Jesus.

Easy King Cake Knots

we found this simple recipe over at Plain Chicken – we also discovered step by step instructions for the same recipe over at My Hearts Desire Recipes.

1 loaf refrigerated french bread dough
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar
4 tsp milk (may need more to get right consistency)
1/2 tsp vanilla
colored sugar – yellow, purple, green
Preheat oven to 350.  Unroll french bread dough into a large rectangle, about 16 by 12 inches. Brush the dough lightly with softened butter. Mix together sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle over butter.  Cut the dough in half lengthwise and then cut crosswise into strips about 1 1/4 inches wide.  Twist two stips together.  Tie each strip loosely into a knot, stretching gently if necessary, and place on baking sheet about 2-inches apart.
Bake for 25-28 minutes.  Cool.  Mix together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.  Dip each knot into icing and then sprinkle with colored sugar.

Pull-Apart King Cake

This supper easy and yummy Pull-Apart cake is a revised Monkey bread recipe using 3 tubes of refrigerator biscuits along with other ingredients to sweeten this cake.  Rook No. 17 shares the full recipe on her site.
Click here to bake your own Pull-Apart kings cake to celebrate Three Kings day.

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