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I made this King Cake for a Mardi Gras party - it was definitely a hit! Everyone was so excited about the hidden baby. While I was cutting it, there was a crowd around me to see if they could figure out where baby Jesus was hidden...I made the dough for this recipe to the T, and it came out excellent, though I confess that I have never had a traditional king cake for comparison. The only difference was that, after the first rise, I rolled the dough out to a thin sheet about 10"x30". I then spread a mixture of 8 oz cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp vanilla over the dough and rolled it up like a jelly roll along the longer side. Then I formed it into an oval, and let it rise for the 2nd time, following the rest of the recipe. It was so delicious! I will make this again!

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poo235 February 17, 2007

I made two of these one for my wife's office and one for the bar where I work. Both groups thought it was great and so did we. I'll be using this for Mardi Gras from here on.

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klassykat024 March 10, 2011

Very good traditional recipe. The taste is citrus-y and similar to Stollen (the German Christmas bread). Texture is dense and will grow denser the longer it sits, so eat it within a couple days. The bread is sweet enough that you don't need to coat it in frosting and sugar unless you really like that. If I did it over again, I might switch to a different frosting or skip the frosting entirely and just sprinkle it lightly with the colored sugars. The frosting tasted like liquid powdered sugar, not really my thing.

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pezgirlie March 08, 2011

Giving it 3 stars as it was good tasting - tasted more like cinnamon bread than King Cake. Was very dense. Would recommend a different icing - I like royal icing with a tsp of lemon extract. As I said, recipe tasted good, but being from Louisiana I will not make again as a king cake.

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juliecathryn March 07, 2011

Great recipe! I added some almond extract to it and left out the lemon (only because I was out of it), and it turned out great.

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benandkelee February 19, 2010

This one came out good. Next time I will try to add the flour mixture in smaller incriments rather than all at once. The cake was a little heavier than I expected once cooked even though the dough rose nice and fluffy. Next time I will fill with cream cheese as well.

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kris10powell February 03, 2010

I tried other King Cake recipes and this one is by far the best, the cake was even better than Gambino's!!

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miranda February 22, 2008

This was my first ever success in baking with yeast! Much cheaper and more special than buying the $40 cakes to be shipped here from NOLA. The lemony icing was especially popular among my friends. Lessez le bone temps roulez!

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Kelly Tingle March 12, 2004
King Cake Traditional New Orleans Recipe