Busken Bakery gets busy cranking out king cakes for Mardi Gras

Busken Bakery cranking out Mardi Gras king cakes
Busken Bakery cranking out Mardi Gras king cakes
Posted at 6:43 AM, Feb 28, 2017

CINCINNATI -- A local bakery with a rich history is busy cranking out a holiday treat with an even longer history.

Busken Bakery didn't invent the King Cake during its 89 years in the Queen City, but they say they are responsible for bringing the Mardi Gras favorite to Cincinnati from New Orleans.

Busken's bakers keep the dough recipe secret, but they offer the traditional cinnamon filling along with cheese, strawberry and cheese and triple berry. Every inch of it gets slathered in the sweet filling before it gets rolled up.

"This is really something they can do in their sleep," said Dan Busken, president and CEO. "Sometimes they do while the rest of us are sleeping. But baking, it is a science, but there's a true art to it and so a lot of it is just touch and feel and it's not precision. Most of our baked goods are still made by hand, not by machines, so you'll see uniqueness in every one." 

Watch the videos above to see more behind-the-scenes work as Busken's bakers decorate thousands of cakes for Fat Tuesday.