I volunteered to bring the dessert for a party my mom’s having. It has a New Orleans/Mardi Gras theme, so I thought I’d make a King Cake. Does anybody have a favorite recipe for one? I found some on the web, but not knowing how it’s even supposed to taste, I’m having a hard time picking a recipe. How many cakes would I need for about 21 women?
It’s basically a yeast cake dough. I made mine filled with a cream cheese filling and it was really good. this recipe looks much like the one I used, except I used an 8 oz package of cream cheese mixed with about 1/4 cup sugar to fill the cake. You could also add some jam with the cream cheese. The recipe I linked to says it serves 12.
Update! First of all the party was this weekend, not last, so sorry for the delay. Since the recipe made 2 cakes, I made one with creamcheese, a la Cubmistress and the other with cinnamon & brown sugar like the original recipe. I confess I liked the cinnamon better, but it may have been because I didn’t use enough cream cheese in the other one and it was neufchatel (it just sort of soaked it up.) Here’s a pic of the finished products:
I put little cupids in them for babies.
Thanks so much for the recipe, Cubmistress, it definitely added a festive touch to the proceedings
I think the secret to a good King Cake is putting LOTS of filling in. Cinnamon. Cream Cheese. Lemon. Almond…I’ve made them from scratch several times (all the dough recipes are basically the same) and they all tasted identical to the cheapie version at any grocery store.
How heartbreaking, salinqmind! That’s pretty labor-intensive for something you could buy at the store! I haven’t seen any in stores in San Diego, so if I wanted one, I had to make it…:p:) (King cake colored smilies!)
I found the baby Jesus in the king cake a buddy of mine brought back from New Orleans. I thought it meant I was just going to have a lucky year, but another friend said it means I have to host next year’s party. Anybody know the straight dope?