Mardi Gras King Cake

Recipe by Molly53
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins




  • Combine butter or margarine, evaporated milk, granulated sugar, and salt in a small saucepan.
  • Heat slowly until butter is melted; cool to lukewarm.
  • Beat four of the eggs in a large bowl with a wire whip; stir in milk mixture.
  • Sprinkle yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar into warm water in a cup.
  • Stir until yeast dissolves; allow to stand until mixture bubbles (approximately ten minutes).
  • Add to egg mixture, blending well.
  • Add lemon and orange rind.
  • Mix flour into egg mixture, one cup at a time to make a stiff dough.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured pastry cloth or board; knead until smooth and elastic (about ten minutes), adding only enough extra flour to keep the dough from sticking.
  • Place in a large greased bowl; turn dough to coat all over with shortening.
  • Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk.
  • Punch down; knead a few times and divide in half.
  • Using the palms of your hands, roll half into a 20" rope; lift ends and twist loosely one or two times.
  • Place on a large greased cookie sheet in a half circle.
  • Repeat with the other half of the dough, pinching the ends of the ropes together to form a large ring about 12 inches in diameter.
  • Lift the ring slightly at one side and push the bean about an inch into the dough from the bottom.
  • Cover and let rise again until double.
  • While the dough rises, beat remaining egg in a small bowl and brush over dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F during the second rising.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until a golden brown and the bread gives a hollow sound when tapped.
  • Slide carefully from the baking sheet to a wire rack; cool thoroughly.
  • Before serving, mix the powdered sugar slowly with water until smooth and of drizzling consistency (you should only need a couple of tablespoonsful of water).
  • Drizzle over the ring and decorate with candied citron and sprinkles.