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Old 01-08-2015, 06:09 PM   #1
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King Cake - Baby Fail

So yesterday I made a King Cake to kick off the beginning of carnival season. I took a major short cut and used Rhodes bread dough. Rolled out and covered with butter, folded, rolled again and more butter, sugar and cinnamon. BUT this cake traditionally has a plastic baby buried inside and I had no good ideas for a substitute. So for next time, I need ideas... what could be used instead? Something noticeable but edible would be nice... DH has suggested a carefully carved brazil nut. Any better ideas? I'm not much of a carver....

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Old 01-08-2015, 06:18 PM   #2
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I heard of a clean, shiny coin being substituted or a large dried bean. I have a supply of the babies that I put in our King cakes.
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Old 01-08-2015, 06:39 PM   #3
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So yesterday I made a King Cake to kick off the beginning of carnival season. I took a major short cut and used Rhodes bread dough. Rolled out and covered with butter, folded, rolled again and more butter, sugar and cinnamon. BUT this cake traditionally has a plastic baby buried inside and I had no good ideas for a substitute. So for next time, I need ideas... what could be used instead? Something noticeable but edible would be nice... DH has suggested a carefully carved brazil nut. Any better ideas? I'm not much of a carver....
Do you have a party store nearby Janet? I bet they have little plastic babies for baby showers. Someplace like Michaels might have something too.
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Old 01-08-2015, 06:50 PM   #4
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I agree with Katie, coins, dried beans or even a half of a walnut, a pecan or an almond.

How about a piece of dried fruit or a maraschino cherry.

I like the idea of sticking with an edible item that won't destroy teeth or dental work!
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:00 PM   #5
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King Cake - Baby Fail

A piece of colorful hard candy, a chunk of dried pineapple wrapped in some plastic wrap. I've had King cake with a coin wrapped in plastic wrap. A dried apricot, a pitless prune. A wrapped caramel.

You'd probably want something that whoever gets the prize can actually show it to others, before being chewed...
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:08 PM   #6
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It would seem you could find some tiny plastic trinkets at a craft store or party store that would fill the bill.
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Old 01-08-2015, 09:36 PM   #7
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Pretend you had a lawyer hanging over your shoulder as you baked it. Apparently, some bakeries are now leaving the trinket out of the cake for fear of a lawsuit. Danged lawyers!

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Oh fer Pete's sake. We are overlawyered, aren't we?

Though I've got a broken molar from an old maid in a bag of movie theater popcorn. I didn't sue the theater...
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Lawyers don't file lawsuits by themselves. There has to be a plaintiff.

I wouldn't put something inedible into a cake. One of the bakeries in that article uses chocolate-covered almonds.
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Lawyers don't file lawsuits by themselves. There has to be a plaintiff.

I wouldn't put something inedible into a cake. One of the bakeries in that article uses chocolate-covered almonds.
Good idea.

...or jordan almonds. The coating won't melt off during baking.
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