Hey y’all! I’m in and out of town for the next few weeks with my “real” job and I’m busy getting ready for Food Blog South. In the meantime, you might see fewer posts on the blog. Sorry about that, but I gotta pay the mortgage! Fear not, though, I have an awesome recipe here for y’all for King Cake. This version is the closer-to-authentic version and takes a little more time. But don’t be afraid of yeast and kneading, it’s really easy in the grand scheme of things. Just read through the entire recipe a few times to get used to it and you’ll do fine! Also, I have another “quickie” version of King Cake in development. Y’all know we LOVE Mardi Gras here at Southern Bite so we’ve got lots more great carnival-themed recipes coming your way!
Laissez les bon temps rouler!!
- 1 – 16oz box of Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix
- 1 cup hot water (120 to 130 degrees)
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 to 5 tablespoons milk
- In the box of hot roll mix you’ll find the mix and a yeast packet. Empty both of those in a large bowl and add 2 tablespoons of sugar. Combine well.
- Add hot water, egg, and butter and stir until combined and the dough starts pulling away from the sides.
- Turn dough out onto floured surface and form into a ball with floured hands.
- Knead the dough for 5 minutes turning frequently. You may need to add additional flour to keep the dough from sticking.
- Reshape the dough into a ball and cover with a large bowl. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
- While that is resting make your filling by combining the cream cheese, 1 cup of confections sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla in a bowl. Stir until smooth.
- Once the dough has rested, flour a large area and roll the dough out in a large rectangle sized about 12″X20″.
- Sprinkle the dough with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.
- Now spread your filling on the dough keep the majority of the filling on one side of the dough.
- Start rolling your dough in jelly-roll fashion from the longest side with the most filling.
- Transfer the roll to a greased baking sheet or better yet, one with a Silpat or silicon mat.
- Form the roll into an oval shape and pinch the seams and ends together as shown.
- Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let rise for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Once the dough has risen, bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool completely.
- Make icing by combining 2 cups of powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of melted butter, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Thin the icing with 3 to 5 tablespoons of milk. You’ll want it pourable, but not too runny.
- Top with icing. It’s also traditional to top the cake with colored sprinkles in purple, yellow, and green.