King Cake Recipe

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  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (16 oz) container sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 (1/4 oz) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring
  • 2 drops blue food coloring
  • 2 drops red food coloring
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring
  • 2 drops red food coloring
  • 2 drops blue food coloring


  1. Cook first 4 ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until butter melts; Cool mixture to 100 degrees to 110 degrees.
  2. Dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes; Add butter mixture, eggs, and 2 cups flour; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until smooth; Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes; Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top; Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
  4. Using an electric mixer, mix cream cheese until smooth; Add egg and blend well; Add sugar, salt and vanilla and mix until smooth and creamy; Set aside.
  5. Punch dough down; divide in half; Turn 1 portion out onto a lightly floured surface; roll to a 28- x 10-inch rectangle; Spread half each of cream cheese mixture on dough; Roll dough, jellyroll fashion, starting at long side; Place dough roll, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet; Bring ends together to form an oval ring, moistening and punching edges together to seal; Repeat with remaining dough and cream cheese mixture.
  6. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 20 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden.
  8. Decorate with bands of Colored Frostings, and sprinkle with Colored Sugars.
  9. COLORED FROSTINGS: Stir together powdered sugar and melted butter; Add milk to reach desired consistency for drizzling; stir in vanilla; Divide frosting into 3 batches, tinting 1 green, 1 yellow, and combining red and blue food coloring for purple frosting.
  10. COLORED SUGARS: Place 1/2 cup sugar and drop of green food coloring in a zip-top plastic bag; seal; Shake and squeeze vigorously to evenly mix color with sugar; Repeat procedure with 1/2 cup sugar and yellow food coloring; For purple, combine 1 drop red and 1 drop blue food coloring before adding to remaining 1/2 cup sugar.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 7306.59 Kcal (30591 kJ)
Calories from fat 2516.48 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 279.61g 430%
Cholesterol 388.93mg 130%
Sodium 6763.81mg 282%
Potassium 12004.28mg 255%
Total Carbs 1101.38g 367%
Sugars 551.29g 2205%
Dietary Fiber 19.84g 79%
Protein 110.79g 222%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 0%
Vitamin A 0.5mg 17%
Iron 5.9mg 33%
Calcium 539.9mg 54%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 410.99 Kcal (1721 kJ)
Calories from fat 141.55 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.73g 430%
Cholesterol 21.88mg 130%
Sodium 380.46mg 282%
Potassium 675.23mg 255%
Total Carbs 61.95g 367%
Sugars 31.01g 2205%
Dietary Fiber 1.12g 79%
Protein 6.23g 222%
Iron 0.3mg 33%
Calcium 30.4mg 54%

* 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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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 168.6
  • 200

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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