The Carnival season always begins on Jan. 6, which is King's Day (Feast of the Epiphany). Mardi Gras day (Fat Tuesday), however, is on a different day each year.
Fat Tuesday changes every year because Easter Sunday is never on the same Sunday each year. Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday.
King cake is eaten on January 6 in honor of Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, which historically marks the arrival of the three wise men/kings in Bethlehem who delivered gifts to the baby Jesus. (The baby hidden inside king cakes today is a nod to this story.) King cake also appears on tables throughout the Carnival season, which runs from Epiphany to Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent), at which point practitioners typically abstain from such indulgences as cake.
Whomever finds the baby in their slice of cake gets to be the "king" for a day.
We generally only make kings cakes to order until closer to Fat Tuesday when they will be available to just purchase but please note it is ALWAYS best to pre-order by calling 215-357-3860.
Style & decorations may change due to availability.