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King Cake Recipe

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Ashlea Lebo


• 1 package yeast
• Ό cup warm water
• Ό cup sugar
• Ό cup shortening
• ½ teas salt
• Ύ cup milk, scalded
• 1 egg
• 3 – 3 ½ cups plain flour
• ½ cup brown sugar, packed
• Ύ cup white (granulated) sugar
• 1 Tbsp cinnamon
• 1 stick butter or margarine, melted and divided into 2 portions
• 1 beaten egg
• 1/3 cup each colored sugars – green, yellow, purple (mix blue and red)

1. Scald milk; add sugar, shortening and salt
2. Cool to lukewarm
3. Sprinkle yeast into warm water in large mixing bowl; stir to dissolve
4. Add cooled milk and egg to yeast
5. Add 1/3 of the flour (1 cup) and beat until smooth
6. Add remaining flour gradually to make a soft dough that leaves the sides of the bowl
7. Place dough on floured surface and knead about 5 minutes until dough leaves no impression when pressed with fingers
8. Let rise until doubled or place dough in greased plastic bag and seal
9. Store in refrigerator overnight
10. Make filling
11. Mix brown and white sugars with cinnamon and set aside
12. Place dough on floured surface and punch down with fist
13. Roll dough into a rectangle – 30 x 50
14. Brush with ½ of the melted butter
15. Cut into 3 lengthwise strips (strips will be 30 x 50”)
16. Sprinkle the sugar mixture on the strips, leaving a 1-inch strip lengthwise for sealing
17. Fold each strip lengthwise toward the center and seal the seam
18. You now have 3 strips until sugar mixture enclosed in each
19. Braid the 3 strips and make a circle by joining the ends
20. Place on baking sheet or baking pan
21. Let rise until almost double or cover pan with plastic wrap and store overnight in the refrigerator
22. Color 3 amounts of sugar (1/3 cup each) by dropping food coloring into sugars and mixing well
23. Use green, yellow and purple (mix blue and red for this)
24. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
25. Brush cake with well beaten egg
26. Sprinkle colored sugars on top, alternating colors
27. Bake for 20 minutes
28. Remove from pan immediately so sugar won’t harden
29. If desired, while cake is still warm, place 1 plastic baby in it from underneath
30. Enjoy!




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