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In 2008, I went to Mardi Gras with 26 friends from college. We stayed at a friend’s parents’ house, so imagine seventeen girls all sleeping in one room, and nine guys in another- a scene straight out of a movie. It was an incredibly fun weekend filled with beads, beer and Bourbon Street. Even though Mardi Gras itself was a blast, what I enjoyed most was getting to see New Orleans for the first time. NOLA is a beautiful city, known for its music, culture, but most importantly, good food. And while my diet consisted mainly of jambalaya for four days, I also existed on the amazing treat I tried to recreate above. The king cake.
Since Fat Tuesday is next week, these cupcakes are a #tbt to my trip to Mardi Gras. The tradition goes if you find the plastic baby hidden in the cake, you have to bring the king cake to next year’s party. I remember finding that custom a little strange, but also hoping I would bite into something hard so I had an excuse to go back.