Mardi Gras King Cake

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King Cakes are traditionally made and eaten after New Years up until Ash Wednesday. A small baby figure is placed in each cake. The person who gets the baby has to provide the next King Cake.


  • 1 package yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 6 teaspoons milk, scalded and cooled
  • 4 cups flour (to 5 cups)
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons melted butter
  • Small plastic doll (or bean)
  • Light corn syrup for topping
  • Granulated sugar for topping - green, yellow, purple


Step 1

Dissolve yeast in warm water.

Step 2

Add milk and about 1/2 cup of flour.

Step 3

In a large bowl, blend butter, sugar, salt and eggs.

Step 4

Add yeast dough and mix thoroughly.

Step 5

Gradually, add 2 1/2 cups flour to make a medium dough.

Step 6

Place in a greased bowl and brush with melted butter.

Step 7

Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise until double in volume, about 3 hours.

Step 8

Use 1 cup or more flour to knead dough and roll into a 4 to 5 foot long rope.

Step 9

Form into a oval on a 14 x 17-inch greased cookie sheet, connecting ends of the rope with a few drops of water.

Step 10

Press the doll (or bean) into the dough from underneath.

Step 11

Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until double in volume, about 1 hour.

Step 12

Bake at 325 degrees F for 35 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned.

Step 13

Brush top of cake with corn syrup and sprinkle with alternating bands of colored sugar.

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