The King Cake

April 21, 2021  Online Recipe Guide Avatar

12 pieces

Time to make:
30 minutes

Calories per Servings:
Not Available



  • 32 ounce hot roll mix All purpose-flour
  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbs grated orange peel
  • 1 tbs grated lemon peel
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs yolk
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 plastic baby or a pecan half
  • violet, green, and yellow paste food coloring



  1. Combine hot roll mix with yeast (comes in package), 3/4 cup granulated sugar and grated peels in large bowl. Stir in egg yolks, 4 Tbs melted butter, and 2 cups very hot tap water
  2. Turn dough out onto well-floured work surface. Knead dought 2 minutes until smooth; let rest, covered, 5 minutes. Heat oven to 375 degrees F
  3. Roll dough out to 20 x 12-inch rectangle; brush with remaining 2 Tbs melted butter. Sprinkle 1/4 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon over dough
  4. Fold dough lengthwise in half; roll rolling pin lightly over dough to seal. Cut dough into 3 lengthwise strips. Braid strips, starding at center and working towards each end; do not seal strips at ends
  5. Tuck baby or pecan between 2 strips of braid to conceal. Place braid on lightly greased cookie sheet, forming oval with ends touching
  6. Brush ends of strips lightly with water; pinch opposing strip ends together to form continuous braid. Cover with kitchen towel; let rise in warm, draft-free place 20 minutes until slightly puffed
  7. Bake 10 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 350 F; bake 20 minutes longer until golden brown, covering with foil for last 5 minutes if becoming too brown. Cool cake on rack
  8. Meanwhile, beat confectioners’ sugar, cream, and vanilla in large bowl with mixer at medium speed until smooth. Pour frosting over cooled cake, allowing it to run down sides
  9. Divide remaining 3/4 c granulated sugar among 3 small bowls. Stir a different paste food color into each. Sprinkle collored sugars alternately over frosting ( purple, green, gold, purple, green, gold, purple, green, gold, etc around cake in small sections).


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