Tuesday, January 10, 2012

King Cake

For my New Orleans themed BCS Championship "birthday party", instead of making a birthday cake, I wanted a King Cake. It took most of my Sunday afternoon but it was pretty easy and I thought it turned out very well!

Mardi Gras King Cake
From Paula Deen Celebrates
1 stick butter, softened
2/3 cups evaporated milk
3/4 plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspon salt
2 envelopes active dry yeast (regular or rapid rise)
3 eggs
Grated zest of 1 lemon
6 cups flour (thanks farrah for letting me bum 2! )
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 egg white for glazing

Cinnamon sugar filling
1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

White icing
2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk


1. Melt the butter in the microwave in a medium mixing bowl. Add the evaporated milk, 3/4 cup of the sugar,and the salt. Stir so that the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool.
2. dissolve the yeast in 1/ cup lukewarm water and stir in the remaining teaspoon sugar. Allow to stand for 10 minutes, until foamy. If the yeast does not foam, it isn't good.
3. Add the yeast mixture to the butter and milk mixture. Add the eggs and lemon zest and whisk together vigorously, until well blended.
4. Whisk in the flour,1 cup at a time, until you have a thick paste… about 3 cups. Then switch to a wooden spoon and continue adding flour and mixing well. Do not add more than 6 cups or cake will be too dense. When you have added all the flour,turn the dough out onto a lightly floured wooden board and knead it with your hands, which you have dusted with flour, until the dough is smooth and elastic,about a dozen turns.
5. Place the dough into a large clean bowl that you have sprayed with vegetable oil cooking spray. Turn the dough to coat all sides with spray. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and allow dough to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hr.

6. Make the cinnamon sugar filling. Combine well in a small bowl.
7. Punch the dough down and divide the dough in 2. roll out each half into a 10x15 inch rectangle.
This is as "rectangly" as I could get.

 Brush each rectangle with half of the melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll up along the long end like a jelly roll. Press the roll together at the seam, sealing with water if necessary. Wind the 2 rolls together, forming one thick piece. On a baking sheet sprayed with vegetable oil spray, form the dough into a circle and seal the ends together.
Forrest was very instrumental in the winding part

8. Cover with a tea towel and allow the cake to rise in a warm place for about 1 hr.
9. Preheat the oven to 350. Whisk the egg white ans 2 tablespoons water. Brush the top of the cake with the egg white. Bake for 35 min, until it is browned and sounds hollow when tapped.
As you can see, I had a little filing escape, so don't be stingy with it!!

10. Make the white icing. Combine the sugar and milk in a small dish and whisk until smooth. If the mixture seems too thin, add a little more sugar. If it wont drizzles, add a little more milk 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
11. Allow the cake to cool for a few minutes on a wire rack. Drizzle with icing and sprinkle sprinkles over the icing.
My Bama King Cake!!


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