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King Cake

King Cake

3 Hr(s) 20 Min(s) (incl. cooling)
30 Min(s) Prep
2 Hr(s) 50 Min(s) Cook
Celebrate Mardi Gras like you're in New Orleans with a fun King Cake! This colorful King Cake is usually served with a hidden treat inside the filling.
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24 servings
Original recipe yields 24 servings
4-1/4 cups plus 2 Tbsp. flour, divided
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 pkt. (1/4 oz.) fast-rising yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs
6 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. milk, divided
2 cups powdered sugar, divided
2 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. lemon juice, divided
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg white
2 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. each green, purple and yellow colored sugar
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Let's Make It
Combine 4 cups flour, granulated sugar, yeast and salt in large bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook.
Whisk eggs in separate bowl. Heat butter, sour cream and 1/4 cup milk in small saucepan on low heat until very warm (120°F to 130°F), stirring constantly. Whisk butter mixture into eggs. Pour over flour mixture in mixing bowl; beat on medium-low speed 8 to 10 min. or until mixture forms firm, elastic dough.
Knead dough on lightly floured surface 1 min. until smooth; shape into ball. Cover; let rest 10 min.
Mix cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, remaining flour, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice and vanilla. Roll out dough on large sheet of parchment paper to 26x10-inch rectangle; spread with cream cheese mixture up to 1-inch of edges. Roll up from long side to form log, using parchment paper to assist in rolling. Spray outside of 9-inch round pan with cooking spray; place in center of same piece of parchment paper. Gently move log, seam side down, around outside edge of pan, taking care not to stretch dough. Pinch edges of log together to complete circle. Lift parchment paper to slide baking sheet underneath. Gently remove pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; let stand in warm place 45 min. to 1 hour or until almost doubled in size.
Heat oven to 350°F. Whisk egg white and water; brush lightly over dough.
Bake 40 min. or until golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack.
Mix remaining powdered sugar, remaining milk and remaining lemon juice. Working in sections, drizzle powdered sugar mixture on cake; sprinkling immediately with colored sugar, alternating between colors.
Kitchen Tips
Tip 1
How to Knead Dough Without Dough Hook
Prepare dough, as directed, in large mixing bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment or large bowl with regular mixer, except beat just long enough to combine dry ingredients with egg mixture, scraping down side of bowl. Place dough on lightly floured surface. Knead dough 8 to 10 min. or until smooth and elastic, incorporating remaining flour as needed. Cover; let rest 10 min. Continue as directed.
Tip 2
Food Facts
Fast-rising yeast, also known as instant yeast, only needs 1 rise, can be combined directly with dry ingredients and can withstand higher temperatures. Do not substitute active dry yeast for the fast-rising yeast.
Tip 3
What Is Kings Cake?
In New Orleans tradition, this cake is served during pre-Lenten or Mardi Gras occasions. It typically has a hidden treat inside the filling. The colors have significance; green represents faith, purple represents justice and gold or yellow represents power. Also known as Kings Bread or Three Kings Bread, this is served in the Mexican tradition, on January 6th of every year. Whoever finds the hidden treat, usually a porcelain baby, is obligated to bring the baby back to the host's house on February 2nd along with a traditional dish to share.
Tip 4
Add additional 1/4 cup flour if dough doesn't separate from the sides of mixing bowl in step 1.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 120mg
Total Carbohydrates 34g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 16g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
24 servings
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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