I got the coin in the King Cake! Along with the possibility of heavy metal poisoning (note the pretty green oxidizing surrounding the coin) I guess it signifies wealth a-comin' at me in the new year! I'm just grateful I did not break a tooth...total score! Except, it's a Euro. So I can't actually spend it, dang! Is this some kind of sneaky zen koan?
Here is the cake before it was cut up, a real beauty made by my friend Helen. And it was delicious too (once the coin-y and bean-y bits were excised!) King Cakes often have pastel colored icing or bright sugar toppings, but Helen is an artist as well as a natural foods enthusiast so she went her own way with this, to great effect. Here's a recipe for anyone interested: http://southernfood.about.com/od/cajuncuisine/r/bl80104b.htm