Sweet du Jour: Roscon de Reyes

January 6, 2015
roscon de reyes

Roscon de Reyes is a traditional Spanish ring-shaped cake baked for the festival of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas season. It is commemorated on January 6 and celebrates the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. 

The French have a similar version called Galette des Rois. Italians have the Panettone. It is also popular in New Orleans during carnival and it's called King Cake or Three Kings' Cake. 

In Spain it is traditionally eaten on January 6, during the celebration of the Día de los Reyes Magos (the "Day of the Three Wise Men") from whom the children get their presents (instead of Santa, although some get presents from Santa too).The Roscon de Reyes has a round shape to symbolize a crown. For decoration, people use dried and candied fruits such as figs, quince or cherries. The fruit symbolizes the many jewels that a crown would have.

A bit like a Christmas cracker, a Roscón hides a surprise inside. Traditionally the surprise would be a porcelain figure of one of the Three Kings. Some modern bakers now hide Disney figures or similar, for anxious children each hoping that their slice will contain the surprise. Apart from the figurine, a broad bean is placed inside the cake. If you find the figurine you will be crowned king. However, if you find the bean you will have to pay for the cake. The best way to serve the Kings' Cake is with a steaming cup of hot chocolate :)

Cristina xo


  1. What a beautiful spread! I love the floral arrangement!!


  2. Bueno no, buenísimo!!!

  3. Galette des rois is my favourite holiday treat. I haven't tried Roscon before but it looks delicious - and really pretty - in your photos!

  4. Coffee and bakery.... inseparable!
    Have a fantastic 2015!


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