Great Harvest Co. makes Kings Cake for Mardi Gras

King's cake being made at Great Harvest Co. bakery in Redding.

Green, purple, and gold are all traditional colors that symbolize the Mardi Gras celebration, including the carnival, but there is also the tradition of the Mardi Gras’s Kings Cake that eaten during the celebration.

The Mardi Gras’s Kings Cake is similar to cinnamon swirl cake with the surprise treat inside.

Great Harvest Bread Company in Redding took on the tradition of making the cakes seven years ago and continues to make them in celebration of Mardi Gras.

Great Harvest Bread Co. co-owner, Gus Burgoyne, said they may be the only bakery in the Northstate that makes them.

"This is probably the closest place on the west coast to be able to find one. As a matter of fact, we had requests to ship them all over the state of California," said Burgoyne.

Great Harvest Co. employee Eric Heinrichs explained what the king's cake is.

"It started in old Europe and what's so special about a king cake is [it's] kind of a mixture of a coffee cake and French pastry. And what's unique about it was that a little baby Jesus baked into the king cake," said Heinrichs

Heinrich said they do tell people ahead of time that there is a plastic toy baby Jesus inside the cake.

Burgoyne explained there’s a tradition with the baby figure is someone finds it in the cake.

"The person that gets that piece with the baby figurine in it is designated 'king of the party' and then they are obligated, by tradition, to host the next king cake party," said Burgoyne.

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