Mardi Gras isn't all boobs and beads. This weekend also calls for lots and lots of New Orleans flavor, from gumbo to Hurricanes and of course, king cake. The treat dates back to the 1700s in French Alabama and Louisiana. The name comes from the three kings (the Christmas ones) because believe it or not, Mardi Gras has to do with Easter. Lucky for us, St. Louis was also founded by those Carnival-celebrating Gauls, so there are king cakes galore for this weekend.
The Sweet Divine (1801 South Ninth Street; 636-942-2900)
What started as a food truck in 2010 is now a full-service bakery in Soulard itself. So of course, it offers delicious king cake cupcakes. It's been on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars twice, but we keep going back because owners Jason and Jenna Siebert have a way with sweets. Plus, these mini versions of the Mardi Gras classic are much easier to share (or stash for an afternoon snack).
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