Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins
My boyfriend is from Louisiana and he misses having his Kings Cake during Mardi Gras time. I hunted down this recipe on AllRecipes and it is delicious! I actually made the dough in my bread machine. This recipe makes two cakes. I
- 1 cup milk
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 2⁄3 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 1⁄2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 5 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2⁄3 cup chopped pecans
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
- 1⁄2 cup melted butter
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1.Scald milk with lemon zest, remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of butter. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water with 1 tablespoon of the white sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
- 2.When yeast mixture is bubbling, add the cooled milk mixture. Whisk in the eggs. Stir in the remaining white sugar, salt and nutmeg. Beat the flour into the milk/egg mixture 1 cup at a time. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- 3.Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours. When risen, punch down and divide dough in half.
- FOR BREAD MACHINE: Add liquid in bread machine. Add dry ingredients. Add yeast. Start dough procedure.
- 4.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
- 5.To Make Filling: Combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over the cinnamon mixture and mix until crumbly.
- 6.Roll dough halves out into large rectangles (approximately 10x16 inches or so). Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough and roll up each half tightly like a jelly roll, beginning at the wide side. Bring the ends of each roll together to form 2 oval shaped rings. Place each ring on a prepared cookie sheet. With scissors make cuts 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1 inch intervals. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
- 7.Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Push the doll into the bottom of the cake. Frost while warm with the confectioners' sugar blended with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.
Loved this recipe :) I'm from South Louisiana and am currently living in South Korea so I was really looking for a king cake recipe that was close to what I could find at home. This was very very close! I loved that I could use my bread machine since I hate kneading. I did roll the two cakes out bigger than suggested as I don't like them so thick. Also, for the topping I used 2 cups powdered sugar, Tbsp of vanilla, Tbsp or so of lemon juice, couple tbsp of milk to desired consistency.