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GMA goes behind the scenes of king cakes with Meche's Donut King

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King Cakes are a must have while celebrating during the Mardi Gras holiday. And let's be honest, we'd have a king cake every day if it wouldn't have an adverse effect on our waistlines.

So where do you go when you need your king cake fix? 

KATC's Katie Lopez was live this morning at Meche's Donut King on Guillbeau Road in Lafayette to take a closer look at Meche's king cake making process. Uncovering how they transform their donut dough into delicious carnival cake.

Meche's says they sell quite a few king cakes during the carnival season, estimating almost 18 to 20 thousand cakes head out the door each year during the abbreviated holiday. To meet those demands, Meche's mixes two batches at a time in their heavy-duty mixer which will begin as the base for around 20 to 40 king cakes, depending on the size.

After a proofing and sheeting, the dough is cut, covered in cinnamon, and braided into the well-known king cake shape. The cakes then rise again before finding their way into the fryer. After a quick dip in hot oil, the cakes get a bath in icing colored in the traditional purple, yellow, and green. The full process takes a little over an hour to create a ready-to-eat cake. 

With several stations and method in the factory process, Meche's is able to produce 300 to 600 cakes a day. All in an effort to fill the waiting bellies of king cake hungry Louisianians.

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