Bakery Making Record-Sized Pastry to Celebrate Dia de Los Reyes

Record-Sized Pastry

One local bakery is hoping to make this year's Three Kings Day an even bigger celebration than usual with their unique take on a classic pastry.

Press-Telegram reports on Porto's Bakery and Cafe, a local Cuban bakery in California, who will be serving up a 130-pound Rosca de Reyes on January 5th in commemoration of Dia de Los Reyes the following day. Made from a ring of dough measuring 24 feet long and 2 and a half feet wide, this pastry will be available for free to any customers who stop by their Downey location before it runs out.

The cake, a traditional part of the January 6th celebration in many Latino communities, is decorated with dried fruits and other sweets. What gets people most excited, though, is what's inside the pastry itself - a miniature figure of the baby Jesus. Per tradition, the person who gets that particular slice of the cake is thought to be lucky, gaining several perks and responsibilities including a duty to host festivities for the holiday the following year. In this case specifically, the bakery is offering a prize to whoever can find the figure.

This is a major undertaking in the sheer scope of the pastry being made, so Porto's has called in help from some other local bakeries to assist in cutting and serving the cake once it's done, as well as Mexican-style hot chocolate. According to Tony Salazar, head chef of Porto's, the total number of people this Rosca can feed is at least 200.

To make such a gigantic treat, numerous quantities of ingredients went into its creation, with a baking time of over 6 hours. 125 pounds of dough made from 18 pounds of butter, 12 pounds of sugar, 70 eggs, 60 pounds of flour, and 1 1/4 gallons of milk were what it took for the cake itself, not to mention all the delicious toppings. All in all, it's enough to make about 43 of the traditionally sized cakes.

Despite being a showstopper in its own right, this Rosca was only the opener for the festivities. Though not quite as flashy, people are still welcomed to a free slice of normal Rosca cake on the 6th, as well, ensuring everyone has a chance to enjoy an iconic part of the Dia de Los Reyes celebration.