All hail king cake!
Question: What’s purple, green and gold, tooth-achingly sweet and comes with a tiny plastic baby tucked inside? Answer: King cake, the official—and ubiquitous—Carnival confection that dates to medieval times. You’ll find the sugarcoated oval loaves at bakeries and restaurants all over town this month, from the traditional almond-paste version at Croissant D’or (p. 26) to the iridescent-frosted showstopper at Sucré (p. 30) to the apple-and-goat cheese variety at New Orleans Cake Café (p. 30). The 4th annual King Cake Festival, Jan. 29 at Champions Square (p. 40), lets you sample the best of the best. For details, visit kingcakefestival.org.