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Babies in king cakes not the norm in other parts of the world

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"The tradition isn't well-known at all here. People were like, 'What is this thing doing in my cake?'"

— Julia Feydel, U.S. manager for the European bakery Maison Kayser, on the company's king cakes, which are sold without babies in the U.S. and Japan due to American and Japanese unfamiliarity with the custom. The Wall Street Journal reported that more worldly children in New York cried when they discovered no baby in their Carnival cake.

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