Seasonal recipe: Bread machine King Cake
Mardi Gras King Cake
- 1/4 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees F/40 to 45 degrees C), or as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 cup sour cream
- 3 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed
- 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk, or as needed
- 1 tablespoon purple colored sugar, or as needed
- 1 tablespoon green colored sugar, or as needed
- 1 tablespoon yellow colored sugar, or as needed
- Add all of the ingredients for the dough into your bread machine, following the manufacturer's directions on what order to put the in. Choose the dough cycle on the machine and start the cycle.
- Check on the dough in 5-7 minutes to make sure there is enough liquid in it (if you still have a lot of flour that isn’t mixed in, you might need to add more water, a tablespoon at a time, until the dough is the right consistency)
- When the bread machine has worked its magic, take the dough out and roll into a 28 inch by 10 inch rectangle on a floured surface.
- Mix together the filling ingredients (except for the pecans) and spread evenly over the dough.
- Spread the pecans evenly over the dough.
- Roll the dough up from the 28 inch side into a long rope.
- Place the dough onto a greased baking sheet, seem side down, and shape into a ring.
- Cover with a cloth, and allow to sit and rise for 30 minutes.
- While the dough is sitting, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- When dough has sat for 30 minutes, cook in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes.
- After the cake has cooked, let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Mix the glaze, combining the powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and milk.
- If you’re going to include a prize inside, cut a small slit inside the cake and insert before you put one the glaze. The glaze will cover up where you hid the prize.
- After cake has cooled for 10 minutes, drizzle the frosting evenly over the cake, see the photo at the right.
- Sprinkle the colored sugars in alternating blocks of purple, green, and yellow.
- I only put pecans on half of the dough before I rolled it up so the cake was half nuts, half no nuts. (My boys don’t like nuts in things.)
- My 8-year-old said after eating it that it needs cheese in the middle. I hadn’t even mentioned to him that I thought about adding cream cheese to the filling would be yummy.
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