Texas A&M Men’s Basketball hosts LSU tonight, and some PR gurus decided to make this a MARDI GRAS-THEMED EVENT even though it’s not quite February 28th yet. Because LSU is from Louisiana, you see.
Anyway, some poor social media intern made the crucial error of misidentifying a food item on line, one of the gravest sins imaginable in this modern age.
The diligent citizens of Twitter were quick to point out that this is not actually a King Cake. A quick Google search confirms that yep, this doesn’t look anything like one:
The king cake of the Louisiana tradition comes in a number of styles. The most simple, said to be the most traditional, is a ring of twisted cinnamon roll-style dough topped with icing or sugar, usually colored purple, green, and gold (the traditional Mardi Gras colors) with food coloring. King cakes may also be filled with additional foodstuffs- the most common being cream cheese, praline, cinnamon, or strawberry.
Basically a King Cake is more of a cross between a Bundt cake and a big doughnut, and stuffed with various things. You hide a little plastic baby inside and whoever gets that piece wins because Louisiana. What the basketball tweet showed was more of your standard hyper-sweet pre-made cake from the grocery store bakery slathered in an inch of pure sugar frosting that happened to be dyed in Mardi Gras colors. Oh and beads because you must flash the cake.
The account has since deleted the tweet and replaced the description with “Mardi Gras Cake” which is about as bland a description as the cake in the picture warrants. Apologies to all our Internet pals, especially ATVS. We had nothing to do with it.