The King Cakes Are Back at Beck’s Cajun Cafe

Philadelphia’s Cajun Restaurant Offers New Orleans King Cakes for Mardi Gras At the Reading Terminal Market and Amtrak's 30th Street Station.

Philadelphia, PA, January 28, 2013 --( For the fourth-straight year Beck’s Cajun Café is celebrating Fat Tuesday in style with a sweet supply of King Cakes, the traditional Mardi Gras dessert made famous in New Orleans.

“This is a great time of year,” said Bill Beck, owner and chef of Beck’s Cajun Café. “Mardi Gras is a great celebration and our customers absolutely love taking the King Cakes home.”

The cakes cost $34.95 for a whole cake or $3.25 for individual portion and can be ordered by calling 215-592-0505 or emailing They will be available for pick up at either the Reading Terminal Market or at 30th Street Station from February 1 to 17.

The baking of a King Cake is a tradition associated with Epiphany during the Christmas season and during the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras and Carnival. The King Cake comes in several styles, but is most commonly is a ring of braided bread similar to brioche, topped with purple, green and gold icing or sugar. These are the colors of Mardi Gras, representing justice, faith and power.

The cake contains a small trinket, usually a small plastic baby, said to represent the Baby Jesus. In the past, the baby was made of porcelain or even gold. Tradition holds that the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket is traditionally awarded various privileges and obligations including hosting the next King Cake party.

Beck’s Cajun Café will also be offering a special Mardi Gras catering menu that includes favorites including jambalaya, muffaletta, gumbos, red beans and rice, Train Wrecks, Abita root beer and Zapps chips.

With locations at 30th Street Station and The Reading Terminal Market and delivery in Center City and University City, Beck’s Cajun Cafe is known for its exotic, flavorful and spicy Creole cuisine with ingredients shipped direct from the Big Easy. To get that authentic Nawlins flavor Beck has developed his own line of spices and sauces such as Beck’s Three Devil Hot sauce, Creole Mayo, BBO onion relish and Angel, Devil and Rub-a-Dub spice rubs. Best of Philly 2011 winner, Chef Bill Beck’s distinguished career began 25 years ago in his hometown of Philadelphia. He has won acclaim for his deft hand and has twice been showcased at Manhattan’s James Beard House. For more information, visit
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Jonathan Morein