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New Orleans Mardi Gras "King Cake"

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This is my video entry into the TasteMade Mardi Gras Collaboration. In this video, I will show you how to make the famous King Cake from scratch. There is a lot of history in this cake, as well as Mardi Gras it's self, and for anyone interested, you can look up tons of information online as to how it all got started, and what it has basically became today. To me, it is the biggest "Free" party on earth, and lots of fun! I have memories that will last a life time of all the Mardi Gras parades I have been to, from the French Quarter in downtown New Orleans, to Mobile, Alabama, and everywhere in between! Please be sure to watch the other videos in this special TasteMade collaboration.
Ingredients
For the dough
  Active dry yeast 7 Gram
  Warm water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Milk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Egg 1
  Shortening 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  All purpose flour 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Oil 1 Tablespoon
For the filling
  Philadelphia cream cheese 8 Ounce
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
For the glaze
  Confectioners sugar 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Vanilla extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (or as needed)
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
For decoration
  Colored sugar 3 Tablespoon (purple, green and yellow)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a stand mixer bowl, combine yeast, warm water, a table spoon of sugar and salt. Mix and allow the yeast to activate.
3. Now add in the egg, shortening and remaining sugar and gradually start adding in the flour. Attach the mixing attachment to the stand mixer to form a dough as shown in the video.
4. Grease a large bowl with some oil and place the dough in it, coat the dough with oil on all sides. Cover and set aside to rise.
5. Meanwhile, prepare the filling by combining cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl and mixing using a hand mixer.

MAKING
6. Punch the dough and knead gently once again. Divide it into two equal halves. This quantity of dough will yield two king cakes.
7. Using a rolling pin, roll out one half of the dough in to a rectangle of 16X20 inches. Using a spatula, spread the prepared cream cheese filling evenly on it.
8. Gently start rolling the dough from one end like a pin wheel.
9. On the prepared cookie sheet, place the roll and make a circle with it by joining the ends as shown in the video. Cover and allow it to rise for an hour.
10. Preheat the oven at 375 degrees and place the cake in it. Allow to bake until golden brown.
11. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by combining confectioners sugar, vanilla extract and water (as needed). Mix using a whisk and add in a squirt of lemon juice.

FINALIZING
12. Spoon the prepared glaze on the cake and sprinkle with purple, green and yellow colored sugar for decoration.

SERVING
13. Slice and serve.

TIP
You can use any of your favorite fillings for the king cake.

NOTE
The ingredients for the dough are enough to yield two king cakes however, the filling ingredients mentioned are just for one cake. Please adjust the quantities as per your requirements.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Occasion: 
Mardi Gras
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Cream Cheese
Interest: 
Party
Channel: 
Cake Channel
Servings: 
8

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 662 Calories from Fat 192

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 22 g33.6%

Saturated Fat 8.4 g42%

Trans Fat 1.1 g

Cholesterol 59 mg19.7%

Sodium 350.5 mg14.6%

Total Carbohydrates 107 g35.6%

Dietary Fiber 1.9 g7.5%

Sugars 57.5 g

Protein 10 g19.4%

Vitamin A 8.1% Vitamin C 1.4%

Calcium 5.8% Iron 18.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

New Orleans Mardi Gras "King Cake" Recipe Video