Mardi Gras party? Tacoma's Celebrity Cake Studio has king cakes

Staff writerMarch 3, 2014 

Little plastic babies are traditionally baked inside colorful king cakes. Looking for the baby in the cake is a Mardi Gras tradition. Tradition has it that the person who gets the serving containing the baby is automatically designated the host of the next Mardi Gras party.


Tacoma pastry chef Odette D’Aniello is fresh from a trip to New Orleans and she’s not afraid to use her nearly learned pastry powers in whipping up king cakes, the official pastry of Mardi Gras.

I checked in with D’Aniello on how she’s making her king cakes at her Tacoma bakery, Celebrity Cake Studio. So many variations of the cake abound, it’s tough to describe exactly how a king cake should taste. They can be yeasty and fluffy or dense. They can be filled with nuts or cream cheese. They can be highfalutin affairs or a downscale quick bread. They can be frosted, glazed or dusted with sugar.

The unifying factor? The colors used to decorate the cake, usually green, purple and gold.


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