Jesus Found... in a Cake? Sweet Ending to Christmas Celebrations in Fresno
The Christmas season has now wrapped up for many families across the Central Valley almost two weeks after the actual holiday.
Monday, many celebrated "Three Kings Day", which some say marks the date that the three wise men arrived in Bethlehem to pay tribute to baby Jesus.
In some households, that celebration included a ring-shaped cake or bread called the "Rosca de Reyes" in Spanish.
This translates into the Ring of the Kings.
The tradition is especially popular in the Latin World.
"It tastes really good. It tastes like heaven in your mouth," says Yadira Garcia, who walked away with a cake from La Estrella Bakery, along Tulare Avenue in Southeast Fresno.
Workers at the bakery couldn't stock them fast enough, as people from throughout Fresno stopped by to buy one, two, and up to eight of them at $15 to $20 each.
Graciela Munoz bought the larger of the two cakes that were being sold.
"We grew up in Mexico, and celebrated this every year. Whether it's through work or life, sometimes it's hard to get everyone together. But I'm glad we do this today," she says.
The "Rosca" is typically enjoyed with hot chocolate.
But this cake has a twist.
It contains several hidden baby Jesus dollsabout four inches tall.
"You joke you don't want to be the one to find it, but when you do, it's a special feeling," says Munoz.
The hidden baby Jesus in the cake is tied to the story of Mary and Joseph hiding Jesus from King Herod's troops.
The ones who find the baby in their slice of cake are then expected to throw a feast on February second.
That's the day some believe the child Jesus was presented at the temple.
To give you an idea of the popularity of the holiday, La Estrella expected to sell about a thousand of them Monday.
The bakery started to sell them at 4 a.m.
"This is a country where we celebrate a lot of cultures," says Miriam Guzman, who works at La Estrella. "We each add our own spin and that makes the traditions even better."
Beatrice Sustaita and her friends picked up two cakes for their celebration.
"We're following our roots, participating, showing our kids, and keeping the tradition," she says.
And within minutes, the first baby Jesus was found.
In this case by a little boy, who had a big smile.