King’s Cake

Mardi gras, fat tuesday, pancake day. Call it what you will, but the day before lent begins is one last farewell to the winter holidays. Originally the day to eat up the last of the dairy and eggs from the year before, now it just means I ate to much breakfast food for dinner. And it’s the last time King’s cake (served between King’s day and today) is traditionally baked. The last cake often holds a small token; whoever gets the slice with it gets to hold the party next year!

King's Cake

Of course, the recipe itself can be used all year; just don’t add the tri-colored sprinkles. It’s really just a big fancy cinnamon roll with a sour-cream base, so you can eat it whenever^^

1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
3 to 3 1/2 cups bread flour

1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup slivered almonds

1 1/2 cup powdered or confectioner’s sugar
2-3 Tablespoons lime juice
1 Tablespoon butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar
purple, green, and yellow food coloring

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1, Mix together water, yeast , and 1 tablespoon sugar in a coffee or other small cup.

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2, blend sour cream, melted butter, remaining sugar, and salt into main mixing bowl, then add the egg and the yeast mixture.

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3, Add flour 1/2 cup at a time to form a soft dough. It should be slightly sticky.

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4, Allow it to sit in a warm area for 20 minutes (until dough rises to twice it’s original size or you get bored watching bread dough rise). Roll dough into a roughly 30 x 75 cm (12 x 30 inch) rectangle. If you flour and use a piece of tin-foil it will help with both the shape and keep the dough from sticking.

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5, Brush the top with the butter , then add add the nuts, cinnamon, and sugar. You may want to mix the cinnamon and sugar together to make it easier to sprinkle evenly. If you want to put a coin or other heat resistant item in the cake place it somewhere near the middle.

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6, Roll up starting with one of the wide edges. Place the roll in a buttered bundt pan and pinch the two ends together. Go find something to do while the cake rises (until doubled).

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7, Bake at 170 C (350 F) until edges appear light brown; 20-30 minutes should work. Overcooked baked goods are just not cool^^

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8, Blend ingredients for frosting, and drizzle it over the warm cake. The frosting might start out a bit thick, but it will melt.

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9, To make the sprinkles use a fork to blend 4-5 drops of food coloring into about a 1/8 cup sugar. Make a batch of each of the three colors. Sprinkle the colored sugar onto the cake as show, then serve^^

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