If you're looking for a new king cake recipe to celebrate Mardi Gras, you must try this one. If you're a little intimated, don't be. Follow this recipe and don't forget to put the baby in!

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
3 hrs 15 mins
total:
4 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
2 king cakes
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Dough:
Praline-Cream Cheese Filling:
Creamy Vanilla Glaze:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine sour cream, 1/3 cup sugar, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, until butter melts, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let mixture cool to 100 to 110 degrees F, about 15 minutes.

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  • Stir together water, yeast, and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a 1-cup glass measuring cup; let stand for 5 minutes.

  • Combine sour cream mixture, yeast mixture, eggs, and 2 cups of the flour in the bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat at medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Reduce speed to low; gradually add 4 more cups of flour, beating until dough comes together.

  • Turn dough out onto a surface dusted with 1/4 cup of the flour. Knead, gradually adding remaining 1/2 cup flour, 2 tablespoons at a time, until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Dough should be tacky but release easily from surface.

  • Place dough in a well greased bowl; turn to grease top. Cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Beat cream cheese, sugars, cinnamon, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in egg.

  • Gently punch dough down; divide in half. Roll 1 portion out into a 22x12-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Keep the other portion covered. Spread 1/2 of the filling over rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans. Carefully roll up, starting from a long edge.

  • Place roll, seam-side down, on a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bring ends of roll together to form a ring. Moisten ends with water; pinch together to seal. Repeat with remaining dough, filling, and pecans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Uncover dough rings.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cakes are a deep golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cool cakes completely on wire racks, about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Stir confectioners' sugar, melted butter, and vanilla extract together to make the glaze. Stir in 3 tablespoons milk. Add additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until pourable but still opaque. Pour evenly over cakes. Sprinkle with sparkling sugars, alternating colors to form bands.

Nutrition Facts

485 calories; protein 9.1g 18% DV; carbohydrates 63g 20% DV; fat 22.4g 34% DV; cholesterol 73.2mg 24% DV; sodium 236.1mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2019
This cake was fantastic! I made it for an annual Christmas party that features a king cake. Most times guests just order the cake from out of state. I just couldn t justify the expense. The cake is easy to make provided you have enough time and follow the directions EXACTLY. Everyone at the party said it was the best king cake they had ever tasted! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2019
This cake was fantastic! I made it for an annual Christmas party that features a king cake. Most times guests just order the cake from out of state. I just couldn t justify the expense. The cake is easy to make provided you have enough time and follow the directions EXACTLY. Everyone at the party said it was the best king cake they had ever tasted! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2019
My daughter graduated from Tulane ( in New Orleans) last May and this is her first birthday home. I wanted to make her a King Cake for her 23rd because she loves them! I ve never made a yeast cake before but instructions were great. Loved the video! Read More
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