If you’re pregnant on Fat Tuesday you have the perfect excuse to indulge in traditional New Orleans’ foods such as jambalaya, gumbo and beignets as Babble’s Monica Bielanko recommends. You also have a great reason to co-opt a Catholic tradition that New Orleans has made its own with the Mardi Gras king cake, an icing-topped, carnival-colored cake that’s decadently rich and sweet.
The surprise in a New Orleans king cake comes not in its sugar and calorie count, but in the form of a small plastic baby hidden in the dough, often a reference to the baby Jesus. Traditionally, the guest who gets the piece of cake with the plastic baby inside has to bring the cake to the party next year or host the next party.
Why not have some fun with the Fat Tuesday king cake tradition and make your king cake a who’s-gonna-get-pregnant-in-your-circle roulette? If you’ve got some time on your hands, get started with this recipe from AllRecipes, and while it’s rising go out and find yourself a lovely plastic baby (and some festive beads) to pass to the next lady in your circle who is gonna get knocked up! Who could resist one of these cute little plastic babies?