I really, really like the Kings Cake that is found in every supermarket south of the Mason-Dixon line this time of year.
One year Bernie was in South Carolina during the Epiphany-Ash Wednesday time frame.
He shipped me TWO Kings Cakes, at a shipping cost that was waaaayyyy too much but they were the best tasting thing I think I have ever eaten.
Last year I scored a Kings Cake at the local Mexican grocery; you might recall it was remarkable for having several "Baby Jesus" toys.
As a cake it was OK, but it was not the kind of cake that I crave.
This year I decided to try to bake one myself.
The cake has a cream cheese filling and is quite tasty.
But aside from the "almost" right colors (I didn't have the purple sprinkles that are tradition so I faked it with red/blue combo) the taste just wasn't the same as the store bought cakes either.
It is the thought that counts, right?
The Jewish people say "Next year in Jerusalem" during their Passover celebration.
Around here I think we might start saying "Next year in the South" on Epiphany.
Cuz it just doesn't feel like Epiphany without Southern grocery store Kings Cake.