Prep 1 hr
Cook 15 mins
They made this recipe today on The Chew, 2-12/13. On the show they made a confectioners sugar glaze which they lathered on top of the baked cake and sprinkled the colored sugar in alternating turns to cover the glaze (1 section purple, 1 green and then 1 yellow for each 1/4 of the ring) instead of prior to baking. They put the plastic baby under the baked cake and pressed it into the bottom of the cake for the person to find....whoever finds the baby buys the King Cake for the next year. Prep time is a gusstimate as none was listed. It does not include rise time.
For the Dough
- 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 2 large eggs
- 2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1 cup milk (room temperature)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1⁄4 teaspoon orange extract
- 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 teaspoon butter flavor extract
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup canola oil
- 1⁄2 cup cinnamon sugar
For the Colored Sugar
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon yellow food coloring
- 1 teaspoon green food coloring
- 1 teaspoon purple food coloring
- For the Dough: In a mixer at first speed combine 1/3 cup granulated sugar, salt, and shortening until well creamed. Add eggs and continue to cream.
- Dissolve the yeast in the milk and add the flavors. Once dissolved add to creamed mixture and continue to mix. Add flour and mix until dough tightens. Remove from mixer and kneed into a ball.
- At this point sprinkle some flour on top and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rest for 1 1/2 hours.
- For the Colored Sugar: While the dough is resting mix your colored sugars. Start by taking one cup of sugar and your yellow food coloring. Mix by hand with a wire wisk in a metal bowl until the sugar turns yellow. Pour your yellow sugar into a separate bowl and put off to the side. Repeat this process mixing green then purple. (By doing them in that order you only dirty one mixingbowl)
- When dough has rested, roll out into an a long piece. Brush on canola oil covering the entire piece. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar liberally over the whole piece.
- Once the dough is covered with the cinnamon sugar and oil, fold it in half lengthwise. Cut into 3 strips and braid the dough. Gently roll the dough by starting at one end and working all the way down to the other end. This will make the dough a nice long piece that can then be shaped into a circle.
- Once shaped place on a baking pan covered with piece of parchment. Allow the dough to rest again until it doubles in size.
- At this point, take a spoon and alternate sprinkling the three colored sugars on top of your circular piece of dough.
- Bake at 370 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes until dough is golden brown. Then laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll) !