This is a very excellent post on how the Gallettes des Rois or King Cake came about….
A French Tradition
While eating his cake, Jeff pulled out a small white tile, the kind that might be found on a kitchen wall. He marched up to the counter and indignantly informed the server that they had baked a tile into his cake. She broke into a big smile and said, “Oh, you found the prize! You are the winner!” Then she handed him a paper crown. He came back to the table with his crown looking confused.
I knew about the galette des rois, “king cake”, but it is a January tradition, and we were just approaching Christmas. Plus, I had never seen a fève “the baked-in prize” that looked like a kitchen tile – I’m still not sure that it wasn’t just a convenient way to get out of admitting an error.
History of Hiding Items in Cake
It is indeed a tradition to eat pies and cakes…
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