Why is there a baby in the cake?
The Epiphany Cake is eaten January 6th on the Feast of the Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, which historically marks the end of Christmas and the arrival of the three wise men in Bethlehem. What started out 300 years ago as a dry, bread-like dough with sugar on top now comes in many varieties depending on the country. But they type of cake doesn’t really matter. Any cake will do. What makes an Epiphany Cake an Epiphany Cake are the trinkets inside and the significance of the trinkets:
- Dime – Wealth
- Ring – Blessings
- Thimble – Industry
- Button – Knowledge
- Baby – Will know Jesus more
- Shoe – Will walk in the ways of the Lord
- Bean – The King or Queen of Epiphany!
The Epiphany Cake is a joyful tradition that genuinely adds an extra bit of "Feast" to the celebration.