Customers wait to buy Roscon de reyes at Nunos bakery in Madrid, Spain, on Jan 3, 2014. The bakery has launched five new recipes of the cake, which includes cinnamon, crunchy biscuit or apple cream. - Photo EPA
Cake fit for a king eaten on Jan 6.
ROSCA de reyes or roscón de reyes (kings’ ring) is a Spanish and Latin American king’s cake pastry traditionally eaten to celebrate Epiphany on Jan 6, the 12th day after Christmas. The day commemorates the arrival of the three Magi or Wise Men.
The cakes are usually over 30cm wide and recipes vary from country to country. In Spain, these are often cream-filled cakes, flavoured with rum and orange flower water, while in Mexico, the cakes may come in single layers but with elaborately decorated tops. Figs, quinces, cherries or dried and candied fruits are often used.