For Mardi Gras this year, Kurt's job is to score a paper crown while my task is to learn to make a New Orleans style king cake. I think he has the easier end of the deal (especially if Burger King is still giving out crowns).
For the unfamiliar, a king cake is a round cake with a brioche-like dough that is filled with cinnamon or cream cheese and topped with icing and colored sugar. A bean or small plastic baby is hidden inside, and whoever finds it becomes 'king (or queen) for the day'.
My history with yeast bread is spotty at best. I've turned out a couple loaves of edible wheat bread, but I've also had a four hour donut disaster that I'm still trying to forget. Hopefully, if I start now with basic bread recipes, I'll be in good shape by February 24th. If not, well, that's why God gave us bakeries.