Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe

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As a kid I never quite knew what Mardi Gras was a celebration of, but that didn’t stop me from indulging in some Fat Tuesday traditions; like paczkis and King Cake! So for today’s blog we’re leaving the paczki making to the bakeries, but we’re trying our own King Cake and bringing a slice of Mardi Gras right to your family – no beads included.

We used this recipe for our inspiration.
For the cake you will need:
– 1 C milk, warmed up
– 1 tablespoon of yeast
– 1/3 C sugar
– 1/4 C dry milk
– 4 1/2 C flour
– 1 tsp salt
– 1/2 C melted butter
– 2 eggs (plus one more for the wash before it goes into the oven)
– 1 “prize” to hide in the cake

For the filling you will need:
– 2 8oz packages of cream cheese
– 1 egg
– 1/3 C brown sugar
– 2 tsp cinnamon
– 2 tsp vanilla

Step one: Mix the milk and yeast together in a mixing bowl. Once it’s combined, add the sugar, dry milk, flour, salt, melted butter and the eggs. Knead using a dough hook until it forms a dough.

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Step two: Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl. Cover and let it rise for 60 minutes.
Step three: Mix up your filling and beat until smooth.
Step four: Take your dough onto a lightly greased surface and roll it into a rectangle, about 24″ x 7″. Spread the filling mixture over the dough leaving about and inch of space along the edge.
Step five: Roll the dough lengthwise and pinch the ends to seal it up. Form a ring. Place it on a greased baking sheet and let it continue to rise for 90 minutes.

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Step six: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together an egg and a tablespoon of water and brush it over the surface. This will make it nice and brown.
Step seven: Place the circle of dough into the oven for 50 minutes. Let it cool once done.
Step eight: Once your King Cake has cooled, you can flip it over and place your hidden prize in the bottom. Traditionally it is a porcelain baby, but for the sake of young kids you can hide other things like a coin, or forgo the potential choking hazard all together.
Step nine: Combine 3 cups of powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and start with about 4 tablespoons of milk to make your frosting. Add more milk if need be and when it is the right consistency spread it over the top of your cake. While it’s still sticky alternate green, purple and gold sugar for the true Mardi Gras effect!
Hint: If you had trouble finding purple sprinkles like we did, here’s a trick to making your own!

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Traditionally, the one who finds the baby is the one to bring the cake next year, so be sure to pass this recipe on!

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