Minnesotans are missing out on king cake

Listen, Minnesota. We've gotta talk.

Tomorrow's Fat Tuesday, the last and biggest day of Mardi Gras.

And well, as I'm sure you know, one of the best things about Mardi Gras is the food, what with it being a big blowout before fasting for Lent (read: abstaining from red meat on Fridays by gorging on fried fish and various highly caloric accompaniments).

Since Mardi Gras in the U.S. pretty much centers on New Orleans, a lot of the food we associate with the holiday is typical Louisiana fare: So you've got your gumbo, your jambalaya and whatnot.

You still with me? I think you're on board with gumbo and jambalaya, right?

So tell me if I'm mistaken, but isn't the best Mardi Gras food the King Cake? You know, the big, circular brioche slash danish with the green, purple and yellow sprinkles and frosting drizzled on top, named after the three kings (or three wise men) who visited Jesus after he was born.

Where's the love, Minnesota? I called no less than 10 Twin Cities bakeries and grocery stores looking for one, and I got nothin. In the South, they are ubiquitous at this time of year.

Rainbow is the only one to even acknowledge the king cake's existence, and only then on its website. The folks at A Baker's Wife say they've made it in the past, but sadly, not this year. Otherwise, I got crickets, Minnesota. Crickets.

Yeah, I admit, the whole baby-Jesus-in-the-cake thing is kind of weird. It's also kind of the best though. I mean how many recipes call for a tiny, plastic baby? Plus, depending on what crowd you run with, if get the piece with the baby, you'll have good luck.

I'm sorry it took all the way til Mardi Gras for you to share this with me.

I hope we can still be friends.