King’s Cake Traditions in Lebanon
The making of the King’s Cake, also known as Galette Des Rois, has been celebrated throughout ages to commemorate Epiphany on January 6th, marking the end of the Christmas season.
Named after the 3 Magi kings who visited baby Jesus, traditionally, a sweet cake is baked with a little porcelain baby hidden inside, to symbolise baby Jesus. It will bring luck and prosperity to whoever finds it in their slice, and the crown that is placed on top of the cake will then belong to the finder, who is declared the King or Queen.
This beautiful and widely celebrated tradition here in Lebanon was brought to my attention today by my dear friend Nazira. Though she resides in Dubai with her family, she made sure to prepare a marvellous cake, hiding Dirhams inside, and was kind enough to share with us the French recipe she used.
Her in-laws also contributed by setting a beautiful table, full of mouth-watering sugary treats that are traditionally made in this occasion as well.