During Mardi Gras, King Cake is a tradition in New Orleans, a must have for any party during Mardi Gras. There is a small plastic baby baked in the cake, another tradition is, who ever gets the baby will either host the next Mardi Gras party or bake the next cake. Some bakers add the trinket after the cake is baked, by adding it underneath the baked cake as soon as it comes out of the oven while it is nice and hot.
This cake is made with colorful sprinkle sugars with traditional colors for mardi gras, green for Faith, purple Justice and gold for power.
The center of the cake has a cream cheese filling with chop pecans or butter and a cinnamon mixture.
The texture and taste are more of a coffee cake but very colorful and delicious!
1/2 cup warm water
2 small packages of dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large lemon grated rind
1 orange grated rind
1/2 cup warm milk(not hot)
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
5 egg yolks
1 8oz package cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cups powder white sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups powder sugar
juice of one large lemon
1 teaspoon water
Crystal sugars: Purple, Green and Gold(if you cannot find Gold use yellow)
Directions: Pre-heat oven 350 degrees.
Combine warm water, yeast and 2 teaspoon of sugar into a small bowl. Mix well cover and set a side for about 10 minutes in a warm area of the kitchen. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, nutmeg. lemon and orange grated rinds. Add warm milk, melted butter 5 egg yolks and yeast mixture.
Combine until smooth mixing well. Place dough on a clean lightly flour work surface and knead, take about 10 minutes until dough is no longer sticky but smooth.
Place knead dough into a well oil bowl turn dough once so that the greased surface is on facing the top.
Cover the dough with a clean damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap, place bowl in a warm area until dough doubles in bulk takes about 1 hour and 1/2.
After 1 1/2 hours, punch the dough down and place on a lightly flour surface. If you are making a filling, roll out the dough into a large rectangle shape, as if you are making jelly rolls. Spread filling evenly on the dough leaving 1/2 inch edge clean. Roll the dough tightly like a jelly roll, bringing the ends of the roll together to form around shape ring.
Place dough on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. I placed a small heat proof bowl in the center of the dough. Pre-heat oven at 350 and bake for 30 minutes.
After cake is baked, remove bowl, at this point if you are placing a baby doll or trinket, push doll into bottom of cake.
baby dolls for inside of King Cake(1 doll only)
Frost cake while it is still warm with glaze and sugars, green, purple and gold in that order.
Happy Mardi Gras! Enjoy!
King Cake: Watch History channel video
I-went to world-market(CostPlus) the other day and for the first time I saw a cake mix for King’s Cake!
KING CAKE Cake Mix