Galette de Roi

A galette de Roi is what is called a king cake in Louisiana, a cake serve on Epiphany celebrating the arrival of the Three Wisemen who came to visit Jesus after his birth. You see them for sale in every boulangerie and patisserie in France around Christmas along with a paper crown as there is a small fugure inside and the one who gets it in their piece of cake gets to wear the crown and be the king. The cake itself is good with an almond paste inside and I’ve always meant to try making one myself-with already prepared crust-but never have. I’ve collected a few of the little figures found inside the cakes at brocantes but was recently really taken with some that I saw at Laduree. They are too pretty to put inside a cake I think.


Here they are-all figures of elegant women. Aren’t they great?


Another view.


These were in the window too. I’m not sure if they were real cake or some sort of container.


And look at this great crown they sold too. I think with those female figures and a crown like this, you should call the cake a Queen Cake. I’m thinking of going back and seeing how much they cost.

9 thoughts to “Galette de Roi”

  1. In Louisiana, the King Cake season is just beginning. Ours are sold during the weeks before Mardi Gras, rather than Christmas, and Mardi Gras is February 16th this year.

    Also, all of the King Cakes I’ve seen have little plastic babies inside, instead of those fabulous figurines. I believe it’s meant to be the baby Jesus, which means Christmas makes more sense than Mardi Gras, which is the day before the beginning of Lent. I don’t know why or when we started having ours then.

    I’ve never seen a King Cake come with a crown, either. But that’s probably because our tradition is a little different. King Cakes are often served at parties during the Mardi Gras season and whoever gets the baby has to give the next party. Laissez les bon temps rouler…except I’ve seen instances where the baby was never seen, or it was found lying around unclaimed or even in the trash…because someone did not want to give a party. 🙂

  2. They are delightful and I am with you! I would not like to cook them up inside a cake and have them break or discolour.
    reminds me of putting sixpences in your plum pudding which we can’t do anymore here in Australia for our coins are not silver anymore. Darn.

  3. I miss them. It was so much fun when we were kids, we used to share one at school and have our Queen and King. One of my classmate’s parents had a bakery and it was a feast of galettes for two weeks!

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