Prep 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook 16 mins
From Southern Living. My mom wants to try this one out for Mardi Gras. The King Cake tradition came to New Orleans with the French settlers around 1870, continuing a custom dating back to twelfth century France. Similar cakes were used then to honor the three wise men who visited the Christ child, calling it the feast of Epiphany, Twelfth Night, or King's Day. The traditional colored sugars used to decorate the cake are purple (justice), green (faith), and gold (power). You are supposed to tuck a little plastic baby in the cake and whoever gets the piece with the baby has to host next year's party. We don't do that because with my luck, someone would choke and aspirate the little baby.
- 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 (1/4 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
- 1⁄2 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 6 -6 1⁄2 cups bread flour
- 1⁄3 cup butter, softened
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- sparkling sugar candy sprinkles (purple-, green-, and gold-tinted)
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 -4 tablespoons milk
- Cook the first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until butter melts; set aside and cool mixture to 100-110°.
- Stir the yeast, ½ cup warm water, and 1 tablespoons sugar in a 1 cup glass measuring cup; let mixture stand 5 minutes.
- Beat sour cream mixture, yeast mixture, eggs, and 2 cups flour at medium speed with a heavy-duty stand mixer until smooth.
- Decrease speed to low, and gradually add enough remaining flour (4-4 ½ cups) until a soft dough forms.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes).
- Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease the top.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until dough is doubled in bulk.
- Punch down dough, and divide in half.
- Roll each portion into a 22x12 inch rectangle.
- Spread 1/3 cup softened butter evenly on each rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border.
- Stir ½ cup sugar and cinnamon together; sprinkle evenly over butter on each rectangle.
- Roll up each dough rectangle, jelly-roll fashion, starting at 1 long side.
- Place 1 dough roll seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet; bring ends of roll together to form an oval ring, moistening and pinching edges together to seal.
- Repeat with second dough roll.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place free from drafts, 20-30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
- Bake in a 375° oven for 14-16 minutes or until golden.
- Make glaze: stir together the first 4 glaze ingredients; stir in 2 tablespoons milk, adding more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until spreading consistency.
- Slightly cool cakes on pans on wire racks (about 10 minutes).
- Drizzle Creamy Glaze evenly over warm cakes, sprinkle with colored sugars, alternating colors and forming bands; let cool completely.
Yummy yummy YUMMY! Three teeny changes next time.....less butter before spreading the cinnamon sugar, more cinnamon in the cinnamon sugar, and no lemon juice in the frosting. The frosting was very rich and I'll be sure to spread it thinner next time. I had a hard time getting the sugar to stick to the icing so maybe next time I'll mist it with water before the sugar?
I must admit, being from down south and knowing just what a king cake is and is supposed to look and taste like, this recipe brings back a piece of home for me. I haven't been home in 8 years. Thank you so much for this recipe.
Made this for Fat Tuesday and it was great! Easy to make and the only thing I changed was to use vanilla only instead of lemon juice in the icing. It was so hard to quit eating! I ended up making another with apple pie filling in it but the cinnamon sugar was our favorite.