Roscon de Reyes
21 Dec 2015

The tradition of the Kings’ Cake

The countdown for Christmas is already on for Christmas Eve, New Year´s Eve and the expected Wisdom Kings!

In Spain the 5th January is the most important day in Christmas, especially for the kings and princesses of the castle, who have been behaving extremely well in the previous months to avoid Melchor, Gaspar y Baltasar bringing them coal. On the next morning, after opening all the presents the tradition is to have a Roscon de Reyes with hot chocolate for breakfast. A delicious round-shaped cake with candied fruit on top to symbolize the jewels from the Royal Crown.

Inside the cake a faba bean and a small present are hidden. Whoever gets the slice of the cake with the faba bean has to pay for the roscón and the one who gets the small present is the “king” or “queen” of the house, and is said to have good luck for the rest of the year.

Depending on each preferences the roscón is filled with fresh whipped cream, cream, truffle cream or sugared pumpkin jam.

These desserts are usually sold in pastry shops and need to be reserved in advance to make sure the tradition is not missed.

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