King Cake Recipe

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  • 2 1/4 cups ap flour + more for work surface , etc.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 package fleishmann's rapid rise yeast
  • 3/8 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 tbsp butter (1 stick)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar , sifted (i skipped this step and you can tell by my pic :( )
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 3/4 cups sugar divided between 3 sealable jars or plastic bags
  • food coloring: red, blue, yellow and green


  1. Cake
  2. Combine 3/4 cup flour, 2 tbsp sugar, salt and yeast in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Heat milk, water, and 6 tbsp butter until very warm - about 120-130F.
  4. Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Add egg and 1/4 cup flour. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in remaining flour (1 1/4 cup) to make a stiff batter.
  7. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  8. Melt 2 tbsp butter. In a separate small bowl, combine remaining (3/8 cup) sugar with cinnamon and mix to incorporate.
  9. Punch dough down. Move to a lightly floured work surface.
  10. Divide into 3 equal portions. Roll each to about 12 in x 4 in.
  11. Brush each with melted butter. Then, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  12. Beginning at the long end, roll each up tightly - as if for a jellyroll. Pinch seams to form long ropes.
  13. Braid. Then form into an oval - mine turned more into a (tighter) crown. Pinch ends together to seal.
  14. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover (I used a kitchen towel) and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size- about an hour+.
  15. Preheat oven to 375F.
  16. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly golden.
  17. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack (I kept the parchment paper beneath, to catch glaze later). Cool completely.
  18. Glaze
  19. Combine sugar and milk in a bowl, starting with 1 tbsp milk and adding more if needed to reach desired consistency. Whisk until smooth.
  20. Colored Sugar
  21. The amount of food coloring you use depends on how dark/bold you want your colors. I'll provide a range.
  22. In a small bowl, mix 4-8 drops blue coloring with 8-16 red coloring. Add to one of the bags of sugar. Seal, and mix around with your hand to distribute the color.
  23. Add 4-8 drops green food coloring into another bag of sugar. Seal, and mix around with your hand to distribute the color.
  24. Add 4-8 drops of yellow food coloring into remaining bag of sugar. Seal, and mix around with your hand to distribute the color.
  25. Pour glaze over cake. Sprinkle colored sugar over top.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 789.7 Kcal (3306 kJ)
Calories from fat 348.48 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38.72g 60%
Cholesterol 54.07mg 18%
Sodium 1607.55mg 67%
Potassium 1042.84mg 22%
Total Carbs 102.08g 34%
Sugars 40.84g 163%
Dietary Fiber 4.92g 20%
Protein 10.63g 21%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 5%
Iron 2.8mg 16%
Calcium 183mg 18%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 404.04 Kcal (1692 kJ)
Calories from fat 178.3 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.81g 60%
Cholesterol 27.66mg 18%
Sodium 822.49mg 67%
Potassium 533.57mg 22%
Total Carbs 52.23g 34%
Sugars 20.9g 163%
Dietary Fiber 2.52g 20%
Protein 5.44g 21%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 5%
Iron 1.4mg 16%
Calcium 93.6mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 18.2
  • 22

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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