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.
This recipe was excerpted from Dam Good Sweet.
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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