King Cakes are a traditional Mardi Gras desert. I like to think of a King Cake as a group of graffiti-painted cinnamon rolls that decided to hook-up and form a cake. The royal colors of purple, green and gold used on King Cakes honor the three kings who made a visit to the Christ child on Epiphany.
The King Cake has a tiny surprise, a small plastic baby hidden inside that symbolizes the baby Jesus. The person who gets the slice with the baby in it has to host the next party. One word of warning, don't bake the plastic baby (even if that little cutie is truly gluten free) as you risk it melting and making your guests very sick. It's best to insert it into the bottom of the already baked King Cake. If you are already looking for a gluten free King Cake recipe check out celiac.com. Also, celiacfamily.com also had another gluten free version of this Mardi Gras favorite. The Natural Candy Store has some great baking decoration products like Yellow Nonpareils that are 100% natural vegetable colorants.