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King Cake
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King Cake (Bread Machine)

King Cake is a quintessential confection that is decorated in Mardi Gras colors. Purple signifies justice; green denotes faith; and gold or yellow signifies power. Traditionally, a tiny plastic baby is hidden in the King Cake. Whoever, ends up with the baby is named “King” for a day and bound by custom to host the next party and provide the King Cake.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rising Time2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Southern
Servings: 12
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Chula King

Ingredients

Tangzhong

  • ¾ cup (6 ounces) milk
  • 4 ½ Tablespoons (1.2 ounces) bread flour

King Cake Dough

  • Tangzhong
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) milk
  • 6 Tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 3 cups (15 ounces) bread flour
  • 1 Tablespoon bread machine yeast

Filling

  • ¾ cup (5.625 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons bread flour
  • 5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Icing

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2-½ cups (10 ounces) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Purple, green and yellow food glitter

Instructions

Tangzhong

  • Whisk together ¾ cup milk and 4 ½ tablespoons bread flour in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until a paste forms, about 5 minutes. The Tangzhong is ready when a spoon leaves a line in the pan.

King Cake Dough

  • Add the dough ingredients to the bread machine in the order listed. Select the dough cycle and start the machine.

Filling

  • Whisk together the brown sugar, bread flour, cinnamon and salt until combined. Add melted butter; stir to thoroughly combine. Set aside.

Icing

  • Beat cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract together until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

King Cake

  • When the dough cycle is finished, remove the dough and roll out to a 10×28-inch rectangle on a floured surface. Trim the edges as needed. Spread the cinnamon/sugar mixture on the dough to within 1-inch of the edges.
  • Starting at one of the long edges, roll the dough tightly into a 28-inch log. Pinch the edges to seal the log. Place the rolled log onto the prepared baking sheet, seam side down, and form the dough into a ring. Moisten the ends of the dough with a little water; pinch the two ends together to seal.
  • Brush king cake with egg wash. Using a sharp knife, slash the top of the king cake to allow for steam to excape. Let rise in a warm place for about 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake the king cake in preheated oven until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the kinf cake from the oven, and cool for about 10 minutes on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. While the cake is still warm, spoon the icing onto the cake, allowing drips of icing to dribble down the sides of the cake. Immediately, sprinkle purple, green and yellow food glitter on the cake. Yield: One King Cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 536IU | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg