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King Cake Recipe

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with this King Cake Recipe! This take on the French classic includes cream cheese, sour cream and more for a moist and colorful King Cake Recipe.

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  • Mix milk, yeast and 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar in small bowl; let stand 5 min. or until foamy. Meanwhile, combine 4 cups flour, remaining granulated sugar and salt in large bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook.
  • Whisk whole eggs, 1 egg yolk, sour cream, butter and brown sugar in separate bowl. Pour over flour mixture in mixing bowl. Add yeast mixture; beat on medium-low speed 8 to 10 min. or until mixture forms firm, elastic dough. If dough is not pulling away from sides of bowl, beat in up to 1/4 cup flour until it does.
  • Knead dough on lightly floured surface 1 min. until smooth; shape into ball. Cover; let rise in warm place 1 hour or until almost doubled in volume.
  • Meanwhile, mix cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, remaining 2 Tbsp. flour, 2 Tbsp. orange juice and almond extract. Punch down dough; roll out on large sheet of parchment paper to 26x10-inch rectangle; spread with cream cheese mixture up to 1-inch of edges. Place chocolate piece on cream cheese mixture (see Note). 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 rise in warm place 45 min. to 1 hour or until almost doubled in volume.
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Whisk remaining 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 orange juice. Working in sections, drizzle powdered sugar mixture on cake; sprinkling immediately with colored sugar, alternating between colors.

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Also known as Kings Bread or Three Kings Bread, King Cake is served in the Mexican tradition, on January 6th of every year. Whoever finds the hidden treat, in this case a piece of chocolate, is obligated to host a party on February 2nd. The colors have significance; green represents faith, purple represents justice and gold or yellow represents power.

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.


  • 24 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 24 servings
Calories 230
Total fat 8g
Saturated fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 55mg
Sodium 120mg
Carbohydrate 35g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 16g
Protein 4g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 10 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 8 %DV

* 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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