One of our favorite holidays is El Dia de Los Reyes, and for good reason! It’s a day devoted to family, steeped in tradition, and the day we get to eat una deliciosa Rosca de Reyes. However, not very many people know the history and symbolism of the cake. Why is it round? Why do we hide a little baby in the cake? Let’s explore that together!
Where does the dessert come from? The roots of the Rosca go back to medieval Europe, specifically in France. Cakes were baked with a small bean hidden inside, and whoever found the bean would be crowned “King” for the holiday. The bean later became a small porcelain figurine of baby Jesus when Catholicism began to adopt the tradition. Hiding the baby figurine in the cake was symbolic of Mary and Joseph hiding away their baby from King Herodes’ persecution.
Even the shape is symbolic, representing both the shape of a crown and as a symbol of eternal and never-ending love. The colorful quince, nopales, and cherries represent the jewels of the crown, with the color green representing faith and gold representing power.
- CELEBRATE WITH YOUR FAMILY -
What happens when you get the little plastic baby in your slice? Congratulations! You are now the honorary compadre/comadre (godparent) of the baby Jesus. Not only are you tasked with caring for the baby until February 2nd (Candlemas)