Thursday, February 19, 2004

Mardi Gras Moments 

Mardi Gras is next Tuesday, and we have orders for a Zulu Krewe version of Mardi Gras King Cake, as well as a few conventional ones.

The Friends of the Library Booksale is also this weekend, and we hope to score some good baking manuals then.

Once we get back from the Book Sale, though, we'll be up to our elbows in dough for the King Cakes.

I was clever and ordered purple sugar several months ago. I don't know why, but purple decorator's sugar is virtually impossible to find locally. Maybe it's because so few people here celebrate Mardi Gras.

Maybe the Cracked Cauldron will change that.

We are all about good holiday baking - and Mardi Gras has a fantastic traditional baked goody.

I noticed that most King cakes sell for $35.00 or more on line. I know from experience that the ingredients retail cost less than $4.00, and the time is spent mostly in waiting - less than 15 minutes actual construction nad decoration time is used, even at $10.00 an hour, and adding in overhead use, that's still a considerable profit.

This makes me happy.

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