King Cake Recipe

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No Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without the festive King Cake, a sweet cinnamon flavored dessert.
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  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup grandulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
3 hrs
15 mins
3 hrs
  • Heat butter, sour cream, sugar, and salt in saucepan over low heat until butter melts. Stir often.
  • Dissolve both packets of yeast in 1/2 cup warm water with a tablespoon of sugar mixed in. Let stand 5 minutes, or until the yeast starts to bubble. Add the butter mixture, eggs, and 2 cups of flour and beat with a mixer for two minutes, or until mixture becomes smooth. Gradually add enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth--approximately 10 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl and turn the dough so that all sides are greased. Cover and let rise in a warm place for approximately one hour, or until doubled in size.
  • Mix 1/2 cup of sugar and cinnamon and set aside for later.
  • After the dough has risen, punch it down and divide it in half. Place one portion on a slightly floured surface and roll it with a rolling pin into a rectangle approximately 10"x 22".
  • Spread half the butter over the surface of the dough with a spatula and then sprinkle half of the cinnamon and sugar mixture over it, as well.
  • If you are adding a coin, bean, or figurine as a token in the King Cake, place it on the rolled out dough just before rolling it up so the token is contained in the rolled up dough.
  • Start on the long side of the dough and roll it like a jelly roll. Place the roll, seam side down, on a greased baking sheet and bring the ends together to form an oval ring. Pinch ends together to seal. Repeat steps with remaining dough.
  • Cover and let rise for 20 minutes or until they double in size again.
  • Bake at 375ยบ F. for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • When cake is cool, decorate with powdered sugar frosting and sprinkle with bands of colored sugars in purple, yellow and green.
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