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Three Kings’ Cake with gold coin instead of bean!

Bakkerij De Weerdt

Three Kings’ Cake with gold coin instead of bean!

Tomorrow is
the Twelfth Day of Christmas, a day when there will be large queues outside
Flemish bakeries, as people set out to put a Bakewell or frangipane tart on the
table to celebrate the feast of Epiphany, when Christians mark the revelation
of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ and the visit the three Wise
Men paid to the Christ Child.

But this is no ordinary frangipane tart, but a Three Kings’ Cake or Twelfth-night Cake that contains a bean.  Whoever gets the piece of Twelfth Cake with the bean is king or queen for the day or night.  It’s a tradition that started in medieval times in Flanders.

This year baker Luc of Bakery De Weerdt in Sint-Gillis (Brussels) is adding extra excitement to the festivities.  He intends to bake two Three Kings’ cakes that will each contain a gold coin instead of the more customary bean.

“Tomorrow two of my frangipane cakes will contain a real gold coin.  The coins are 18 carat gold and bear an inscription stating the year and the name of the bakery.  They are magnificent and worth quite a bit, some 480 euros”.

Expect even larger queues outside this bakery, but a share of luck will also be required to get hold of the right Bakewell tart.  Luc expects to sell 2,500 specimens.

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