By awalde on January 16, 2011
Photo by Boomette
Photo by Boomette
"This is French and Western Swiss recipe served on Epiphany (January 6th) and is traditionally topped with a gold crown. The one who finds the hidden charm (or bean) in their slice gets to wear the crown!. The twelfth Night cake was born from a disagreement which matched bakers against pastry cooks in the 15th century. Each of them wanted to obtain the monopoly of the manufacture of the symbolic cake. Pastry-cooks are won. But Ce furent les pâtissiers qui l'emportèrent auprès du roi François 1er. But bakers could do something. Bakers played on the words : they invented the twelfth Night cake, which they offered to their customers the Epiphany’s day. Each twelfth Night cake hides a charm. Who find the charm in his portion should offer the same twelfth Night cake (which he must pay) to other present persons. (History from http://www.prime.fr/en/history-epiphany-charms.php)"
Serving Size: 1 (93 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
"I'm so thrilled that I can do it myself. So much money saved cause in bakery it's so expensive. It was my first time trying puff pastry and it's so easy. I also made the filling in the microwave. I used less sugar, maybe 80 g. We all liked the taste but DH found it tasted a little bit too much lemon. Next time I'll use just a little bit of lemon zest or maybe omit it completely. I know next year I'm going to bring it to my MIL to keep on the tradition we had when my FIL was with us. Thanks awalde :) Made for PRMR tag game"
"I've always wanted to make one of these cakes, & seeing your recipe made me even more determined! Then, when I found that one of my neighbor's was throwing a birthday their one-&-only 5-year-old grandson, & offered to make this one! They were totally delighted with it, as were the guests! Of course, we had to change the whys & wherefores of the bean in the cake! The person who found the bean was admonished to 'follow the bean' & would then find a final prize somewhere around the house! The other kids all helped out with that! In the kitchen, UNDER a bowl of similar beans, was a silver dollar wrapped in a $2 bill & that went to the person who got the original bean! Anyway, more fun, but not only that, your King Kake was wonderful tasting, & I plan to make it again sometime & serve it without the prize! Thanks for sharing all this with us! [Made & reviewed as a THANK YOU for tagging in PRMR during the recent Tic-Tac-Toe event]"