Grade 7 students are learning about Louisiana in their latest unit that features a ‘road trip’ project. King cake is traditionally eaten during Mardi Gras celebrations in cities like New Orleans. This tradition was brought to the area by Basque settlers in 1718 – the cake is a ring of twisted cinnamon roll style dough. It is usually topped with icing and sugar, which is colored with the traditional Mardi Gras colors of green, gold and purple. Traditionally, there is also a trinket (usually a small plastic baby) hidden in the cake. In southern culture, whoever finds the baby must provide the next king cake or host the next Mardi Gras party.