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Festive King's Cake

 Festive King's Cake
In New Orleans, after the cake is baked a tiny toy baby is often inserted into it. Whoever gets the piece with the baby is supposed to have a year of good luck. The catch is they must also throw a Mardi Gras party next year. — Stacey West-Feather, Jay, Oklahoma
16 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 5 egg yolks
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Purple, yellow and green colored sugars

Directions

  • 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

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Festive King's Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 332 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 368 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.