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How to Make King Cake

Do you know what king cake is? Made famous in New Orleans, king cake is the classic ring-shaped Mardi Gras cake made for “fat Tuesday” with a lucky trinket baked right into the bread. In this video, you’ll learn how to make a king cake. With this simple step-by-step, you can make a traditional, delicious, properly decorated king cake with a cream cheese filling. You’ll see a great trick for making sure the dough maintains its ring shape while rising and baking and see how to finish the king cake with a sweet lemon glaze and festive sprinkles of traditional Mardi Gras colors—purple, yellow, and green. Long live the king cake! Get a top-rated recipe for Mardi Gras King Cake.

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  • Desert Donna

Excellent recipe. I lived in the New Orleans area for a few years and at work we always celebrated by bringing in King Cake. Whoever got the baby inside brought the next cake in. They make them with many different fillings, so we had a King Cake at work every day of the season.

  • Ms. Chef Esh

What a fun way to bring New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations into your own home, thanks for the video!

  • debbie

I'm very anxious to try this as I love anything with cream cheese. Such a simple easy recipe to follow plus not having to run and buy extra ingredients. These are the best kind of recipes when anybody that bakes, has the required ingredients on hand anyway. That's a plus!