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Mardi Gras King's Cake

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  • 1/2 cup water, (105 to 115 degrees)
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup water, lukewarm
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon of milk, for glaze
  • 1 small doll, coin, or bean
  • ----
  • Icing:
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, strained
  • 3 teaspoons water or more
  • -----
  • green, purple, and yellow sugars


Dissolve yeast in water; let stand for about 5 to 10 minutes. Combine flour, granulated sugar, nutmeg, salt and lemon zest in a large bowl. Make a well in center. Add yeast mixture, milk, 3 eggs, and 4 egg yolks; combine thoroughly. Beat in butter until dough holds together and forms a ball. Place on floured board; incorporate more flour if necessary. Knead until smooth and elastic. Stir dough in well buttered bowl and turn so all surfaces are buttered. Cover with a towel and let rise 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk. Brush baking sheet in butter. Punch down on lightly floured board. Knead, then pat into a 14" cylinder. Place on baking sheet and form into a large ring. Press doll or coin into dough so that it is well hidden. Set aside, covered with a towel, to rise 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Before baking, brush top with the egg and milk mixture. Bake in a preheated 375° oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Beat icing ingredients until smooth. Spread over top of cake, letting drip down sides.

Immediately sprinkle the colored sugars over icing in 2" wide strips of purple, green and yellow stripes. *Colored sugar is sold in baking supply houses. If you can't find it, tint granulated sugar or icing with paste food coloring. Be sure to tell people about the hidden doll or bean if they aren't familiar with the tradition.

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DONT WASTE YOUR TIME, Member jamayle

I get part way through making the dough and realize it tells me to put in the milk for the dough BUT DOESNT SAY ANYWHERE HOW MUCH, it tells me for the topping but not the dough!! So I had to eyeball it and added a cup, well then it was too wet so I had to flour it to death. Hope it tastes fine! Why even bother if you're not going to add all the info?

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