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Mardi Gras King Cake

Happy Fat Tuesday!

I love any excuse to celebrate, and what better reason than Mardi Gras!  King Cakes are traditionally baked with a small trinket or toy baby inside, and the person who gets the slice with the trinket is King (or Queen!) for the day.  That person is also responsible for bringing the King Cake to the next party!  I didn’t get the baby last time, however we are having a pizza luncheon at work today, and I thought it would be fun to celebrate Fat Tuesday with my co-workers.

King Cake

adapted from Southern Living Magazine


For cake:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 oz (2 envelopes) active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 5-6 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

For icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp milk

For topping:

  • 1 cup sugar, divided into three bowls (1/3 cup each)
  • Green, Yellow, Red and Blue food coloring


  • Green, Yellow and Purple sanding sugar


  1. In a small sauce pot, mix butter, sour cream, yogurt, sugar and salt over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is smooth.  Turn off heat and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, yeast and 1 tbsp sugar.  Set aside 5 minutes until yeast is frothy.
  3. Add butter mixture, eggs and 2 cups of the flour to the yeast.  Mix until combined.
  4. Switch attachment on mixer to a dough hook. Continue mixing, adding flour until a soft dough is formed.  You may not need the total amount of flour listed in ingredients.
  5. Knead with dough hook for 5 minutes.  Turn dough out on a floured surface and hand knead for 2 minutes until dough is elastic and smooth.
  6. Place dough in a well greased bowl, turning to coat the top.  Cover with a clean dish towel and place bowl in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
  7. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon.
  8. Divide dough in 2 equal pieces.  One at a time, roll each dough piece into a long rectangle (approx. 24 in x 10 in).
  9. Spread 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick) onto each dough rectangle.  Sprinkle 1/2 sugar mixture onto each dough rectangle.  If you are using a trinket, place it in the cake before rolling.
  10. Roll jelly-roll style beginning with the long side.
  11. Shape each dough log into an oval shape, pinching edges together where they meet, on a foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Pinch to
  12. Cover and let rise for 25 minutes.
  13. Bake cakes in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 15 minutes.
  14. Let cool completely before decorating.
  15. To make the colored sugar, mix 2-4 drops of desired color of food coloring into each bowl of sugar.  Mix until combined.
  16. To make the icing, combine powdered sugar, melted butter and milk.  Mix until smooth.
  17. Drizzle icing over cooled cakes.  Decorate with colored sugars.


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