It’s Fat Tuesday and really in our family that usually just means we get pancakes for dinner! Last year I heard about this cake and thought hey, that’s cool. Until, of course, I heard that a plastic baby was baked into the bread. EW. It’s suppose be for good luck, but it’s just wrong. So there is no plastic baby in my cake.
I also remember this post by Cake Wrecks about when they go terribly wrong. It intrigued me. I mean really, how hard can it be to make a decent looking King Cake.
So I took a quick Google look around and found this recipe on All Recipes and immediately had to change it because I didn’t have any lemon zest just orange. It worked quite well. The picture in the background below I got in New Orleans the October before Katrina hit. It hangs in our dining room, ok it sits on the floor because I haven’t hung it yet :) And yes, I know it’s been almost a year since we moved in.
I loved New Orleans! It was an absolutely beautiful city plus the food is a foodies delight! I think I gained 10 lbs over the 3 days I was there ;)
Recipe: Adapted from All Recipes
- 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 5 egg yolks
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon multicolored candy sprinkles (I made my own. Just add a drop of AmeriColor to 1/4 cup white sanding sugar, mix around in Ziploc, pour out on parchment and let dry)
- Mix sugar, milk and yeast together and let sit 5-10 minutes until fluffy.
- Add eggs and melted butter.
- In bowl of mixer, combine flour, salt, nutmeg and zest.
- Add yeast mixture and using dough hook, combine and knead until it all comes together. Knead for about 4 minutes and the dough is soft and not sticky.
- Place in bowl and cover. Let rise to double, about 2 hours.
- After risen, roll out dough to a 6 X 20 sheet.
- Combine filling and spread down center of dough.
- Fold long edges over and seal.
- Place on baking sheet with seam down and form into ring. You can place a coffee can in the center to keep it’s shape while baking.
- Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Let cool.
- Combine icing and pour over cake. Then use sprinkles as decorations.
This is a great tasting cake. Even the girls enjoyed it! I really like the orange flavour in the dough and then topped with the lemon icing. The citrus flavour is really refreshing. I would make this again next year for sure!
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