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Tortell de Reis: a cake fit for three kings 

Brioche-like ring-shaped dessert packs a hidden surprise or two every January 6 

Tortells de reis from Barcelona's Pastisseria Triomf bakery
Tortells de reis from Barcelona's Pastisseria Triomf bakery / Miquel Vera
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January 5, 2023 11:36 AM

January 5, 2023 05:17 PM

Just when you think you cannot eat another morsel, out comes the tortell de Reis.  

No lunch on January 6 – Epiphany, or Dia de Reis (Kings' Day) as it is known in Catalonia – is complete without this traditional dessert. 

The tortell de Reis is eaten on January 6

The brioche-like ring-shaped cake usually has a marzipan filling, although custard, cream, and even chocolate fillings can also be found. 

Candied fruit and nuts decorate the top of the cake but hidden inside there are two more surprising ingredients to look out for – a king figurine, and a bean. 

Whoever is lucky enough to find the miniature king in their slice of tortell is named king for the day and gets to wear their very own crown, albeit one made of paper or card. 

As for the unlucky person that bites into the bean, tradition dictates that next year's cake is on them.