Kings Day Party Planning


We’re planning a Three Kings Day Party and you’re invited! Today’s our day to feature a recipe here, so we made a Kings Day cake. There are versions from many countries, including Mexico, France, Germany, and Spain. We decided to go with a Spanish version, simply because it called for adding dried fruit and almonds as a decoration, and we didn’t have those ingredients on hand yet.

We made a few changes to the original recipe, which we found here, in order to incorporate wheat flour. And that’s when things went terribly wrong. I have a lot to learn about the perfect balance between flours. The “cake” is a lumpy, misshapen, dense ring of way-too-much-fiber for anyone’s diet.

But like our friend Pete the Cat, we’re not wasting time crying over our disastrous results. I’m thinking that we can hang the first cake out for the birds and squirrels, as long as it’s securely tied, because I really don’t want to kill any small animals in the name of this holiday. We’ll start over, which is our constant life lesson. The experience also reminded me that sometimes traditions are meant to be flipped, particularly culinary traditions. So that’s what we’ll do! Instead of a traditional epiphany recipe, that’s actually bread disguised as cake, I’m going to make something a little more…cake-y. Maybe even coffee cake, cut into a ring, because you can’t go wrong with coffee cake (unless you make it with wheat flour, or bake it too long, or forget a key ingredient or…you get the idea).

Tomorrow we’ll be back to share some easy party ideas, that are guaranteed to be less disastrous! If you’re planning a Kings Day Party (traditionally held on January 6, but we’re holding ours on the evening of January 5), you’re welcome to use our Three Kings Day Party Invitation.


One thought on “Kings Day Party Planning

  1. We went to an open house on New Year’s Day. That morning our hostess had a cake failure similar to yours. She realized after the cake was baking that she had left out a bowl full of canned apricots. (I don’t know if anyone ate the cake.) Too bad for you both after the planning and hard work.
    I’ve been wanting to make this cake since I got the book–Chocolate and Zucchini by Clotilde Dusoulier. I have all the ingredients so now will make it for a Three Kings Day celebration. Since I almost never make cakes, this will be a fun challenge. Hopefully I will have a sweet and moist result.

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