Mardi Gras King Cake
Ingredients
Dough
  • 2 packets yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 egg yokes
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 1/5 tsp salt
  • 4 Cups flour
Filling
  • 3 8 oz packages of Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Pralines
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Icing
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Light Karo Syrup
Instructions
Dough
  1. Combine Milk, Yeast and sugar then add to mixer
  2. Add egg yokes, melted butter Nutmeg and Cinnamon
  3. Mix together until combined
  4. Add flour 1 cup at a time and combine in mixer until kneaded into a dough ball or about 2-3 minutes
  5. Knead by hand for about 7-10 minutes
  6. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and let rest for 2-3 hours or until it doubles in size.
  7. Roll out the dough to about 3 feet long and 6" wide
  8. Add filling, leaving about 1" on all sides
  9. Fold and pinch dough to seal in the filling
  10. Shape into a circle
  11. Proof for 45 minutes to one hour
  12. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes until brown
  13. Let cool then decorate with icing
  14. EAT!
Filling
  1. Bring cream cheese to room temperature
  2. Crush pralines
  3. Combine ingredients
Icing
  1. Combine ingredients until the correct consistency
  2. Add 2-4 drops of food coloring then stir

 

 

No Mardi Gras party is complete without a king cake. This is one of my favorite desserts from the southern-in-laws and the only way to celebrate Mardi Gras. I’m amazed at how similar Mardi Gras’ King cake and Rosca de Reyes are both traditions have the same origin, both lead to more parties and both taste amazing.

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