Celebrate Mardi Gras with this delicious, decadent, and celebratory King Cake. This rich cake is made with a cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar filling and is then topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting. The cake is usually shaped into a ring and decorated with icing and colorful sugar. Don’t miss this chance to make your own king cake with your own hands!
King Cake Recipe
Every year you can find a King Cake at most bakeries and grocery stores in the month of January. It is a little cake that is frosted with a rich, often cream cheese frosting, and shaped like a ring or a twist. It is a tradition to put a small toy inside the cake, and whoever gets the piece with the toy becomes the King or Queen for the day. The tradition stems from the ancient Greeks, who would celebrate birthdays by giving the guests a cake fashioned in the shape of a wreath, which the guest would then wear for the day.
The cake is a ring of yeast dough that is sliced through with a special coin, topped with cinnamon sugar, and iced with a cream cheese or buttercream frosting. The dough is rolled with cinnamon and shredded coconut, then topped with a mixture of cream cheese and butter. The cake is then baked and then coated with a thick layer of confectioners’ sugar.
How To Make The Perfect King Cake
There are many different recipes for king cake, but the best and popular recipe is one that is similar to brioche dough. The dough is made with eggs, sugar, and butter. The dough is then rolled out into a rectangle and topped with cinnamon. The rectangle is then folded in thirds and put in a pan, which is then filled with milk and baked for 35 minutes. The cake is then cooled and covered in a white frosting. The cake is usually topped with a plastic baby that is given to the guest of honor.
Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional bench flour; 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter; 1 cup whole milk; 1/4 cup water; 1 teaspoon kosher salt; 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon; and 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg.
-Two 1/4-ounce packets active dry yeast -Two egg yolks -Two teaspoons canola oil -1/2 cup packed light brown sugar -One teaspoon grated orange zest from one orange.
History of King Cake Recipe
The King Cake tradition dates back centuries and is a festive Mardi Gras celebration. It is customary for a figurine to be hidden inside the cake, and whoever finds the prize in their slice is crowned the King or Queen of the party. The cake made its way from Ancient Rome and is believed to have been introduced to North America by Spaniards. In the Middle Ages, the cake was a symbol of the biblical kings and was shared with the poor.
The first king cake was made in 1872 in New Orleans. The cake is traditionally made with brioche and is iced with a simple sugar icing. The cake is generally decorated with a small plastic baby or a figurine of the baby Jesus. The cake is served on Mardi Gras, which is the day before Ash Wednesday and is the last day of the carnival season.