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Let the good times roll! Bake your very own Mardi Gras King Cake

 

 

New Orleans sure does know how to throw a party. Proof: the decadent King Cake dished up every Mardi Gras, which is today! Want to get a taste of the revelry? Here’s how to make your own cake, Nawlins style.

 

Ingredients:

Cake:

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)

1/2 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)

1/3 cup shortening

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg

4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cans (12-1/2 ounces each) almond cake and pastry filling

 

Glaze:

3 cups confectioners' sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 to 4 tablespoons water

Purple, green and gold colored sugar

 

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, shortening, sugar, salt, egg and 2 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). 

 

2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. 

 

3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll one portion into a 16-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Spread almond filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet; pinch ends together to form a ring. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. 

 

4. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. For glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough water to achieve desired consistency. Spread over cooled cakes. Sprinkle with colored sugars. Yield: 2 cakes (12 servings each).

 

Recipe courtesy of tasteofhome.com

 

 

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