The King Cake is a dearly beloved part of Mardi Gras season and has a long, rich history dating back to the eighteenth century. The round, cinnamon-roll like cakes with their sugary icing and Mardi Gras colored sprinkles come in many styles. King Cake has become so ubiquitous this time of year that it has even become a flavor for everything from ice cream to vodka! But what everyone loves most are the cakes themselves.┬áThe simplest and most traditional cakes are rings of twisted cinnamon roll-style bread topped with purple, green, and gold icing. In 1972, however, a small bakery in Picayune, Mississippi called Paul’s Pastry started adding fillings to king cakes and a new tradition was born. Now praline, cinnamon, and strawberry filled king cakes are a part of many New Orleanian’s Mardi Gras season. There is even a special Zulu King Cake with chocolate icing and a coconut filling, named after the Krewe of Zulu’s famous decorated coconut throws. Of course, the King Cake always has a baby figurine hidden inside and the person who finds the trinket is tasked with providing the King Cake at the next get together, so watch out for that baby!