Biggest Kings' Cake (La Rosca de Reyes)-world
record set by Mexican bakers
MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Some 2,000 bakers participated
in the making of a 1.6-kilometre (5 249,34 feet), 11-tonne
(24 250.84 pounds) Kings' Cake, baked in 2,500 parts throughout
the capital and later assembled-setting the world record for
Biggest Kings' Cake (La Rosca de reyes).
Photo: A man receives a piece of "Roscon
de Reyes" bread baked by the Mexican Association of Bakers
for city residents, in Mexico City's historic Zocalo square.
The world record bake was shared between some 200,000 people
gathered to celebrate in the city centre. /Reuters photo (enlarge
Event organizers said it took several hours
to assemble it in the Zocalo square. Around 2,300 bakers affiliated
to the national baker’s association (Canainpa) helped bake
In all, the sweet bread used 6600kg
of flour, 3000kg of butter and 1500 litres of milk, according
to Canainpa head Antonio Arias.
The "Kings' Cake", was made to celebrate
the Christian holiday when the Three Wise Men - also known
as The Three Kings or Magi - visited the newborn baby Jesus.
"This event is important ... we
will not lose our traditions'' that unite families, said Laura
Vazquez, Mexico's secretary for economic development.
"The cake was delicious. As citizens, we
truly thank them (bakers) a lot for contributing to this tradition.
For us, it's important to see how people gather in this season
and make this kind of show that can only be seen in Mexico,"
said Eli Adriana Diaz.
Photo: A woman (L) receives a piece of a traditional "Rosca
de Reyes", a large ring-shaped cake baked for Epiphany, in
Mexico City. The biggest "rosca de Reyes" of the world, of
1600 meters of length, was distributed among 250,000 people
at the Zocalo square in Mexico City. (AFP/Luis Acosta) -enlarge
Rosca de reyes (fruit cake) is a
very fine cake prepared carefully and delicately.
Although the name indicates that it should
be round, the Mexican “rosca de reyes” generally has an oval
shape due to the need to make cakes larger than 30cm across
for larger parties.
For luxurious decoration, Mexican people
use tanned and fig fruit, quinces, cherries, etc.; which besides
from making it pretty, enriches its flavor. Every
year, children in Latin America mark the Epiphany by putting
a letter inside a shoe on January 5.
According to tradition, during the night, the
Three Wise Men come, read the letter and leave presents.
On January 6, parades representing the
kings' trek through the desert in search of Jesus are organized
in several cities.
A central part of the celebration of the
nativity’s Three Wise Men — described in the Bible as bringing
presents to the newborn Jesus Christ — revolves around baking
and eating La Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Bread), a sweet,
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