des Rois is a flat, round cake consisting of flaky puff pastry layers
with a dense filling of frangipane. The cake celebrates the Epiphany
or Fete de Rois (Three Kings Day) and is sold and consumed days
before and after this day. A figurine or trinket “la feve”,
originally a bean, is hidden in the wafer.
It is a type of King Cake.
There are two types of the French king cake. In northern France and Quebec, the king cake consists of flaky puff pastry layers and a center of dense frangipane. The shape of the cake can either be circular or rectangular. In southern France, particularly in Occitania and Roussillon, the cake is a “torus-shaped” brioche of candied fruits. Also called gateau des rois or royaume, these cakes originate from Provence and predates its northern counterpart.
A French King Cake with crown for the person who finds the feve. Photo Credit.