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King Cake - A Must for Mardi Gras Season

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King Cake

(Family Features) - All hail the King Cake!  The center of any Mardi Gras or Carnival season, King Cake supports a tradition with a regal reputation.

Each person attending a Mardi Gras party takes a piece of cake hoping to find the hidden token inside.  The recipient is then "crowned" King or Queen for the day and appointed the host for next year's party.

Begin the King Cake tradition in your home by using a Cascade pan - its unique shape will add a crowning touch to the festivities!  While the original King Cakes are made with bread dough, this version is made extra easy with packaged hot roll mix and just a few additional ingredients.  Scoop half of the dough into the pan, then add a Candy Melt? as the hidden token.  Add the remaining bread mixture and bake.  After cooling, decorate with Mardi Gras themed cake sparkles - purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power.

King Cakes came to New Orleans with the French settlers around 1870, continuing a custom dating back to twelfth century France.  In homage to this city in need, plan your celebration today and consider adding an option for guests to donate to a New Orleans charity.

For more fun baking and decorating ideas, visit www.wilton.com.

King Cake

Ingredients
  • 1 package (16 oz.) hot roll mix
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Light or dark cocoa Candy Melt®
  • Glaze:
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Yellow, green, purple Cake Sparkles™

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray Cascade pan with vegetable pan spray with flour. Prepare hot roll mix as directed on package, adding granulated sugar and cinnamon to the dry mix. Place half of dough in pan; place candy melt on dough. Add remaining dough. Let rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
    2. Bake 30-35 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on cooling grid.
    3. In small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and lemon juice; mix until smooth. Spoon over bread; add cake sparkles. Let glaze set before icing.

Serves
Makes about 12 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Wilton Products
  • Dimensions Cascade Pan
  • Candy Melts® - Light or Dark Cocoa
  • Cake Sparkles™ - Yellow, Green, Purple

SOURCE: Wilton Industries, Inc.



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