The Cake of Kings at Comptoir Gascon

La Galette de Rois, or the Cake of Kings, is traditionally eaten on the 12th day after Christmas, which celebrates the discovery of the Infant Jesus by the Magi. Now you can get hold of it throughout January at Comptoir Gascon, a specialist gourmet deli featuring almost exclusively products from southwest France. The cake contains a trinket or bean to symbolise the infant, and whoever is served the bean is named king or queen of the feast and is assured of health, wealth and happiness for the coming year. Comptoir Gascon will bake two types of the cake (puff pastry and frangipane cream or brioche and candied fruits) based on traditional medieval recipes including a hidden figurine.