Festive King's Cake Recipe
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 to 4-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 3/4 cup butter, cubed
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
- Purple, yellow and green colored sugars
- In a large bowl, mix the sugar, yeast, salt and 2 cups flour. In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add egg yolks; beat 2 minutes longer. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
- For filling, mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 24-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar lengthwise down one half of the dough. Fold dough lengthwise over filling; pinch seam to seal. Transfer to a greased baking sheet, seam side down. Shape into a ring, pinching ends together to seal. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. For topping, mix the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Spread over cake; sprinkle with colored sugars. Yield: 1 cake (16 slices).
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The top statement is incorrect. You get the baby and the next Friday you throw a Mardi Gras party, and whoever gets the baby each friday throws the party till Fat Tuesday. I am from New Orleans born and raised 47 years...it's our French Tradition.
Also King Cakes are made with brioche bread and do not taste like cinnoman rolls.
I made this cake the cake part was very good, but the filling was hard as a rock. What went wrong?
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Never mind...I checked the other king cake recipes on this site & finally found the answer. Place a small slit in the bottom of the cake after it is baked and insert the plastic baby.
Where does the plastic baby come in? Add after it is baked?
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