Many Spanish, Latin American and Hispanic communities will have celebrated Three Kings Day on 6th on January. The day marks the 12th day after Christmas and is officially when Christmas festivities end. In Mexico this last day is celebrated with ‘Rosca de Reyes’, a piece of cake which name translates as ‘spiral of kings’.
Bakers in Mexico City took on a challenge this year and attempted to produce a cake bigger than ever before. While the cake, sometimes known as the Epiphany cake, normally measures around two feet, this year the cake measured a mile and stretched around the main plaza of the city, weighting in at a mighty 10 tonnes.
The epiphany cake was marmalade flavoured and decorated with dried fruits, while inside the cake were hidden non-edible porcelain figures of the baby Jesus waiting to be found by hungry citizens or those on holiday in Mexico. Those who find the figurines are supposed to return to the kitchens on 2nd February to make Mexican dumplings for the Day of the Candles, which celebrates the 40 days after Christmas. Five tonnes of flour, three tonnes of butter and an estimated 40,000 eggs were used to produce the giant cake.
According to Antonio Arias, vice president of Mexico’s National Baker Association, the cake was cut into 200,000 pieces for everybody to share and devoured in just 30 minutes, by tens of thousands of Mexicans enjoying the festivities on Three Kings Day.
Three Kings Day is traditionally when children in Mexico receive their presents, as it is the 12th day after Christmas, the day the Magi arrived with gifts for baby Jesus. Much like how some children write letters to Father Christmas, children will write letters to the Magi asking for gifts and leave them by a nativity scene on 5th January.