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Delicious Mardi Gras King Cake

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French, Southern
Keyword: king cake
Calories: 4469kcal


  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and a little grated nutmeg
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Filling
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • Frosting
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 3 3/4 tbsp milk room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp corn syrup


  • In a large mixer bowl, combine the first 3 dry ingredients: flour, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • In a small bowl, add warm milk (not boiling). Add butter, stirring until melted, then stir in the water and honey.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg, then add it to the butter mixture.
  • Add the yeast to the dry ingredients.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with the paddle attachment until a dough just forms.
  • Switch to the dough hook and knead on medium speed until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. The dough will be a little sticky.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 1 to 2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  • In the meantime, make the filling: In a small bowl, mix sugars and cinnamon. In a microwavable bowl, place 1/4 cup of diced butter and microwave for 30-45 seconds until melted. Set everything aside for now.
  • Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 10" by 12" rectangle. Brush with melted butter and cover with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Pat the mixture down to make sure it sticks.
  • Starting with the long side opposite you, roll into a log, pinching the dough closed when finished. The seam should be on the bottom. Take the rolling pin and roll over the log to flatten it.
  • Shape the log into an oval and pinch the ends together.
  • Place on a greased sheet pan.
  • Cover with a clean, dry towel and allow to rise for an hour, or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or it reaches about 180 degrees inside.
  • After the cake cools, it is ready to be frosted.
  • Make the frosting in a 2 cup, microwavable measuring cup with a spout, melt 1 1/2 tbsp butter. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until creamy.
  • Pour over cake and decorated with green, purple, and gold sugar.
  • Don't forget the baby.


Calories: 4469kcal | Carbohydrates: 1024g | Protein: 102g | Fat: 126g | Saturated Fat: 73g | Cholesterol: 460mg | Sodium: 4909mg | Potassium: 1626mg | Fiber: 29g | Sugar: 270g | Vitamin A: 4221IU | Calcium: 742mg | Iron: 9mg
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