MIDWEST CITY — King cakes are traditionally eaten during the season from Epiphany through Fat Tuesday.
The cakes are particularly popular in New Orleans, where Jenifer Cameron was born.
Cameron, who now lives in Midwest City, is making traditional king cakes to help support her church, Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church, and its Mobile Meals programs. Church leaders said funds raised through the king cake sales help with the 645 meals prepared and delivered each month through their Mobile Meals. The ministry also provides 249 meals for shut-ins, with a supplementsl Saturday pack of nutritious food.
The church also feeds about 90 senior adults through its senior nutrition program, Cameron said.
An additional 460 people each month are fed through the Free Friday meal served at the church, 208 S Douglas Blvd., she said. The Free Friday program provides a hot meal to anyone at no cost.
“Many of our volunteers are seniors or disabled themselves, and feel a personal satisfaction by serving others in the community,” Cameron said.
The church's pastor, the Rev. Jeannie Himes, said king cakes are a type of bread associated with the festival of Epiphany and the pre-Lenten celebration of Mardi Gras.
The cakes are a pastry sweetbread with a surprise trinket inside, normally in the shape of a baby. According to tradition, whoever finds the baby in their slice of cake can be “king” for the day.
Cake flavor choices for the fundraiser include cream cheese, apple, cherry, strawberry, traditional, blueberry, lemon cream cheese, vanilla with chocolate or vanilla icing, chocolate with vanilla or chocolate icing, raisin pecan and peaches and cream cheese, or any combination, as requested. Cakes suitable for diabetics also are available.
Fundraiser organizers said a small cake feeds between four and six people and costs $10, while the regular cake serves between eight and 12 and is $20.
Orders are being accepted through March 4. Cameron said orders may be picked up at the church or delivered by mail.
“I think last year, we mailed some overseas to a military person, but also to many in Texas and Louisiana,” she said.