La Mexicana's Rosca De Reyes (King Cake)

READY IN: 3hrs 30mins
Recipe by mollypaul

The Day of Kings (el Dia de Reyes), or Epiphany, is celebrated on January 6 to commemorate the day the magi arrived bearing gifts for the infant Jesus. The Day of the Kings is observed by Latin cultures with the making and eating of a rosca de reyes, a sweet yeast bread similar to Louisiana's King cake, with a hidden tiny plastic baby (or a dried bean), representing the baby Jesus, inside. If you get the slice with the "baby", you will have good luck all year. The Solo filling is generally found in the supermarket near the pie fillings. From the Texas Monthly magazine. Prep time includes rising time.

Top Review by duonyte

If you are interested in delicious sweet breads, this is for you. I mixed up the dough in the bread machine, using about 4 cups of flour for one cake. I misread the recipe and used most of a can of apple pie filling (instead of just half). I sprinkled the cake with turbinado sugar, and it is beautiful! Chunks disappeared overnight! Out of curiosity, I did google this. I learned that the bakery that provided the recipe is a Mexican family bakery, and it makes this cake with four fillings. Other recipes suggest kneading in the candied fruit, rather than leaving it on the top, or using a filling much as is suggested here. Still others insisted that only candied cactus be used. The recipe is part of the heritage of Spain and the rest of Latin America, not just Mexico. That's a pretty large territory, and I suspect that what is "traditional" is going to be different from place to place.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine yeast and water in a small bowl, stirring until dissolved, and set aside until yeast is proofed.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the milk, sugar, and butter, stirring until dissolved.
  3. Add the salt, eggs, and yeast mixture and blend thoroughly.
  4. Beat in 3 cups of flour to make a smooth batter Add additional flour to make a soft dough (dough will be very sticky).
  5. Turn out onto a floured board and knead approximately 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding more flour as needed.
  6. Dough may be made with a standing mixer and dough hook.
  7. Round into a ball and place in a warm buttered bowl, turning to lightly coat top with some of the butter.
  8. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled.
  9. Punch down the dough and divide in half.
  10. To prepare rings, divide dough in half and flatten into a long oval.
  11. Spread 1/2 can of Solo almond filling on each oval, place one bean into each oval, and roll each piece into a rope.
  12. Join ends together leaving large oval hole in the middle.
  13. Cover and let rise until double, about 1 hour.
  14. While the bread is rising, preheat oven to 350°F.
  15. Bake rings for 30 minutes in the preheated oven or until golden brown and sound hollow when thumped.
  16. Remove and let loaves cool on wire racks.
  17. Icing: Mix all the icing ingredients together until fluffy and well blended.
  18. To serve, frost cooled loaves with icing.
  19. Decorate with different colored sugars or candied fruit.

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