Ashley P.: "This is a holiday dessert that they sell at the l…" Read More
18Ingredients
1120Calories
70Minutes

King cake is popular around mardi gras, where it makes for a delicious and festive celebration. A lightly sweetened yeast dough is studded with dried and candied fruits which adds a bit more sweetness and a touch of tartness. The dough is braided then shaped into a ring, an egg wash is applied before baking which gives it a light golden color and a shine for a beautiful finish.

Ingredients

  • 0.5 kilograms flour
  • 12 grams yeast
  • 200 grams sugar
  • 4 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 150 milliliters milk (tepid)
  • 100 grams butter (softened, at room temperature)
  • 30 grams melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • candied fruit
  • lemon
  • figs
  • citrus
  • papaya
  • apple
  • orange
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg

Directions

  1. Place the eggs, milk, yeast, sugar, and flour into a mixer and mix well. Add the butter and continue to mix until the dough pulls away from the bowl. Add more flour if needed.
  2. Place into a greased baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm place until it doubles in volume.
  3. For the filling, melt the butter and mix in the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. Divide the dough into sections, forming each into a ball and then rolling it out into a strip approximately 8 centimeters wide. Brush each strip with the melted butter mixture and place the candied fruit in a line from one edge of the strip up to the middle, leaving half of the strip free of fruit. Roll lengthwise.
  5. Divide each strip into two by cutting lengthwise. Twist together to form a braided circle.
  6. Place the formed rings into greased baking dishes, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to double in volume.
  7. Brush each ring with the egg mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and firm to the touch. Allow to cool.
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NutritionView more

1120Calories
Sodium16%DV380mg
Fat54%DV35g
Protein49%DV25g
Carbs60%DV179g
Fiber44%DV11g

PER SERVING *

Calories1120Calories from Fat320
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Fat35g54%
Saturated Fat19g95%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol340mg113%
Sodium380mg16%
Potassium650mg19%
Protein25g49%
Calories from Fat320
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Carbohydrate179g60%
Dietary Fiber11g44%
Sugars68g136%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Calcium
Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Reviews(1)

Yummly User
Ashley P. 30 May 2015
This is a holiday dessert that they sell at the local bakery where I live. It doesn't take too long to make, and it is a pretty center piece. Bake it on parchment paper that has been sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Sometimes the paper sticks to it a little if you don't do that. I slices mine after it is cooled, and put the pieces back together in the shape of the wreath. You could leave it whole though and cut it right before serving it.