Midwest City church offers king cake fundraiser

A New Orleans native bakes festive king cakes to raise money for much-needed programs offered by her church, Douglas Boulevard United Methodist in Midwest City.
by Carla Hinton Modified: January 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm •  Published: January 19, 2013

— Jenifer Cameron wants to bake you a cake fit for a king.

The New Orleans native is bringing a touch of her Louisiana upbringing to the Oklahoma City metro area with her king cake fundraiser.

For the second year in a row, Cameron is baking king cakes to raise money for the Mobile Meals program and Free Friday Meal at her church, Douglas Boulevard United Methodist, 208 S Douglas Blvd.

A king cake is a popular sweet bread traditionally served during the Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, the festive time generally celebrated in the days beginning with the Feast of Epiphany on Jan. 6, leading up to the Christian season of Lent.

The traditional cake is a circular loaf of sweet bread filled with cinnamon and topped with frosting and/or colored sugar in Mardi Gras hues of green, purple and gold.

A plastic trinket in the form a baby — representing the Christ child — is typically hidden inside the treat, and the person who finds it is dubbed king or queen for the day and may be obligated to hold a festive gathering.

Cameron, 42, said she created more than 40 of the seasonal cakes to raise money for the church last year, and the treats were so popular, she and other church members thought it would be good to offer them again.

She said she already has baked more than 40 cakes this year, so she knows she will far exceed last year's total.

She plans to bake the cakes until Fat Tuesday on Feb. 12.

Treats from home

Cameron said she and her husband, Edwin, who is retired from the Navy, have lived in the Oklahoma City metro area for several years. His final assignment was Tinker Air Force Base.

She said she started baking king cakes for friends because they are connected to her native New Orleans.

“I missed home,” Cameron said.

She said she quickly found out how popular they are among Oklahomans. Before long, she had people asking her to make more.

She said she made the traditional king cake of braided sweet bread with a cinnamon filling last year from several recipes she spliced together. This year, she is offering a variety of fillings, such as cream cheese, cherry, apple, strawberry, blueberry and lemon, in addition to the traditional cinnamon. Icing flavors are varied as well, and she said she also is offering a king cake made from a recipe suitable for diabetics.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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