The fun of Mardi Gras has begun! Fat Tuesday is just days away  and if you’re planning any kind of party, there’s a good chance you’ll need a cake. Ashley’s Pastries has everything you need to indulge before the Lenten season begins. 

Our King Cakes are now available. We’ll have them in the cases through Fat Tuesday, but if you want to make sure you have one for your family, give us a call so we can make sure to have one ready for you when it’s convenient for you to stop in. 

The tasty and festive King Cake is a New Orleans tradition. It’s the signature baked good of Mardi Gras and is equal parts fun and delicious.

The King Cake is usually made with a rich, brioche dough and a wide variety of fillings, including cinnamon, chocolate and cream cheese. The cake is baked without a center, like a traditional bundt cake, but has a glaze topped with gold, green and purple sprinkles. The gold represents power, the green is associated with faith and the purple illustrates justice. 

But there’s something else that makes the King Cake special: it’s baked with a small plastic baby inside. Many believe this baby symbolizes baby Jesus. The baby is also believed to symbolize luck and prosperity. If you end up with the baby in your slice of cake, tradition goes that you’re responsible for bringing the King Cake the next year and/or hosting the next Mardi Gras party. 

If you need more than a King Cake to fulfill your Fat Tuesday desires, Ashley’s is full of delicious options from decadent tortes and pies to tasty donuts and cheese danish. We’re happy to help you get your fill of the goodies before Lent starts. 

We believe it’s fun to partake in Fat Tuesday and indulge (in moderation, of course), but we also know the Lenten season is a great time to pause, reflect, and prepare. We often hear of people “giving things up” for the 40 days that comprise the Lenten season. We also believe it’s just as important to “do something extra”. That doesn’t have to be anything huge, either.

Perhaps you’re going to try a bit harder to be more present with your family and not bring work home from the office. Perhaps you’re going to work on your patience, or work on getting to bed earlier each night. Maybe you’d like to wake a bit earlier in the morning to take 10 minutes for prayer and reflection. Maybe you want to give up social media or donuts or bread. 

We support you in choosing something that works best for you and your family, and sticking to it for 40 days. We’ll be right here alongside you, working sticking to our Lenten goals, too.