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Mardi Gras King Cake

meluvfood avatarBy meluvfood  ,     

February 12, 2018

The Mardi Gras King Cake is a New Orleans tradition that involves a delicious pastry, with cinnamon pecan filling, sugar glaze and multi-colored sprinkles. There is also a tradition with a plastic baby, but we won't spoil all of the fun. Search Google for some great info on that wacky tradition.


Pastry Cake

1 cup Milk

1/4 cup Butter

2 pkg. (.25 ounce) Active dry yeast

2/3 cup Warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

1/2 cup White sugar

2 large Eggs

1 1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Nutmeg, ground

5 1/2 cups All-purpose flour


1 cup Brown sugar

1/2 tbsp Cinnamon, ground

2/3 cup Pecans, chopped

1/2 cup All- purpose flour

1/2 cup Golden raisins

1/2 cup Butter, melted


1 cup Confectioners sugar

1 tbsp Water

Colored sprinkles (green, blue, yelllow)

Small Plastic baby toy doll (optional, only recommended for adults.)


1Scald milk, remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of butter. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water with 1 tablespoon of the white sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

2When yeast mixture is bubbling, add the cooled milk mixture. Whisk in the eggs. Stir in the remaining white sugar, salt and nutmeg. Beat the flour into the milk/egg mixture 1 cup at a time. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.

3Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours. When risen, punch down and divide dough in half.

4Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

5To Make Filling: Combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over the cinnamon mixture and mix until crumbly.

6Roll dough halves out into large rectangles (approximately 10x16 inches or so). Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough and roll up each half tightly like a jelly roll, beginning at the wide side. Bring the ends of each roll together to form 2 oval shaped rings. Place each ring on a prepared cookie sheet. With scissors make cuts 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1 inch intervals. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

7Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.Iif desired, push the doll into the bottom of the cake. Frost while warm with the confectioners' sugar blended with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.


1 Sprinkle with purple, green and gold sugar,


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