If you’re from New Orleans, this recipe does not need an introduction! I posted this for New Orleanians away from home. I have also made a King Cake Recipe for the Wimps and Time Conscious because the real deal takes hours to make. Warning: amounts are approximate as I do not measure.
For the Cake
- 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 (.25 ounce) packages instant yeast
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 additional cup butter, softened
1. Warm the milk in a saucepan and add ½ cup butter until melted. Set aside.
2. Mix the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a big bowl. Add the egg, warm water and milk. Mix then knead with additional flour (use a big breadmaker/mixer if you have one) for about five minute.
3. Cover the dough and let it rest for 10 minutes (sometimes I like to sit the dough on a warm clothes dryer); In a separate bowl, mix cinnamon, brown sugar, and 1 cup melted butter.
4. Roll out the dough in a large, thick rectangle. Spread the cinnamon-sugar mixture on the dough and then cut dough lengthwise in 12 long strips.
5. Take three strips and braid them as if you were doing hair. Repeat 4 times with remaining strips.
6. Take these four braids and pinch them together, creating a circle (looks like Challah Bread). Place on baking sheet and let rise until it doubles (about an hour).
7. Bake at 375 degrees for about 40-50 minutes or until the dough is brown. Remove from oven. Brush with more butter to keep soft while making glaze (optional).
For the Topping:
- 1 box powdered sugar
- 2 cups white sugar divided in three bowls
- Food Coloring (red, blue, yellow, green)
- ½ stick butter
- ¼ cup of milk (may need additional milk)
½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- jarred pitted cherries (optional)
1. Mix well the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and milk in a bowl until smooth. You may need to add more or less milk. Set aside.
2. For the colored sugar: take one portion of the white sugar and add to it three drops of red food coloring and 2 drops of blue food coloring. Begin mixing—the sugar should start to turn purple. You can keep adding drops of food coloring until you get the perfect purple! For the gold sugar, just add 3 drops of yellow food coloring to the second portion of the white sugar and mix. Do the same to make the green sugar (if you don’t have green food coloring, don’t forget that yellow + blue = green).
3. Pour the powdered sugar mixture over your king cake. Then sprinkle the colored sugars, alternating between colors, going around the king cake. Keep portions of the cake white—that’s where you will put your cherry.
(This is my first blog post so please be gentle)