Wondering why your king cake is missing the baby? Blame the lawyers.
A story in The Wall Street Journal says the cakes no longer come with the baby concealed for a simple reason.
"We have too many lawyers in America,” Poppy Tooker, host of “Louisiana Eats,” an NPR radio program, tells the Journal.
Louisiana is one of the few states where king cakes are an annual tradition, although the cakes are associated with Mardi Gras. Finding the baby means one has the honor of buying the next cake.
In other countries, particularly France, the person who finds the trinket is crowned king or queen for the year. The Journal says this is an eco of the feast of the Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, which marks the three wise men’s biblical visit to the baby Jesus. Those king cakes are typically almond and puff pastry concoctions, not the dough ring iced in purple, green and gold.
King Cake season begins Jan. 6 and runs until Mardi Gras.