Yield: Yields 1 cake
In New Orleans, king cake is to Mardi Gras what pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving: the holiday just wouldn’t be the same without it. Similar to a glazed coffee cake, king cake is more of a sweet bread than a cake, laced with cinnamon, shaped like a braid or a crown (depending on the baker, and decorated with sugar tinted the three colors of Mardi Gras: gold for power, green for faith, and purple for justice. As a bonus, a tiny plastic baby is hidden in the cake; whoever gets the piece with the prize gets to host the next king cake party.
Make Ahead Tips
You can store the cake in a cake box or on a baking sheet placed within a large plastic bag (unscented trash bags work well) for up to 2 days.
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Strongly recommend the kingarthurflour.com recipe over this one.
Made this for my co-workers and everyone loved it. I couldn't get my icing and sugar as pretty as the picture, but when it tastes this good, who cares? Plus, I've seen some messy king cakes in my day. This one's a keeper.
The King Arthur recipe for King Cake is far superior to this recipe,.
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