Every year on Mardi Gras there is this one treat that always makes me so happy. King Cake is so colorful with the purple, green and yellow sprinkles on top and the taste is just to die for. I miss all of the celebrations for Mardi Gras this year since I now live in New York but I decided instead of just being mad that I wasn’t there that I would at least bring a bit of home here. I remember one Mardi Gras myself and a car full of friends drove over to New Orleans to have a good night in the French Quarters. We ended up only staying there for a bit before we ended up getting a hotel and drinks and just ended up staying up, swimming in the pool and having a good time there. I am not even sure why we did this because we could have just stayed in our own town and swam in the creek like we did every weekend, I guess we were young and just wanted to say we went to the French Quarters for Mardi Gras.
Sour Cream – 1 (16 oz) container
Sugar – 1/3 cup
Butter – 1/4 cup
Salt – 1 tsp
Active Dry Yeast – 2 packets
Warm Water – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 1 tbsp
Eggs – 2 large, beaten
Flour – 6 + cups
Brown Sugar – 1/2 cup
Cinnamon – 2 tsp
Apples – 2 chopped
Butter – 1/2 cup
Take the first 4 ingredients and put it in a medium sauce pan on low heat and mix until everything is melted and mixed together, then set aside. Sour cream really is a great product to put in baked goods, it adds moistness to the thing you are baking, and no you will not taste the sour cream so don’t worry about that. In a bowl add together the yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and the 1 tsp of sugar, mix and then let sit for at least 5 -10 mins or when the water looks a bit bubbly.
Take your sour cream mixture, yeast mixture, eggs, and 2 cups of flour and mix them together either in a electric mixer or you can do like I enjoy and mix with wooden spoon in a big bowl. Gradually add the other 4 cups of flour to the mixture at about a half a cup at a time until you get a soft dough ball.
*Now something that I have learned to do with my flour is to either sift it or at least spoon it from the bag into the measuring cup. Sifting the flour before you measure it will make sure that you are going to get a soft, light, and evenly cooked pastry. I have found that on the things I have cooked and not sifted the flour before is much denser, and a lot harder to work with as well. So take the extra 2 mins and sift the flour before.*
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter adding more flour as needed to make sure that the dough is soft and not sticky and knead for about 10 mins. Take the dough and then place back into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp warm towel and place in a dark warm place for a hour or until doubled in size. You can also let the dough rise in the same way we did the Honey Whole Wheat Oat Bread.
Once the dough has doubled in size you can turn it back out onto the floured counter and cut into two. Rolls these out to two rectangles and then we will add the filling to them.
For the filling take the butter and melt it in the microwave and then add the brown sugar and cinnamon together and place on one part of the rolled out dough. Now take the cut up apples and place on the other side of the dough. since you can never have enough sugar for this I went ahead and added more brown sugar on top of the apples and also on top of the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. I ate at least two spoonfuls of the butter brown sugar mixture before putting it on the dough. Then you will want to fold the edges to the middle so that both mixtures are covered with dough and pinch the ends and twist and bring the ends together.
Put the cake into the oven at 375 deg. for about 20 mins or until golden brown on the top.
While the cake is baking you can make the icing for the cake. Now this is something that i never measure out and I really should so that I can tell you what exactly to do with this part. Take the room temp. butter about half a stick and mix with about 2 cups of powdered sugar until it has all combined together. Add 1 spoon full at a time of milk until the icing becomes more of the type of icing that you would see on top of a cinnamon roll.
Once the cake has cooled you can pour the icing on top and add the sprinkles on it. I did not put any sprinkles on my cake instead I added more brown sugar with melted butter mixture to the top.
There you have it, Home Made King Cake! If you ever had King Cake before you will say this is so much better then spending money on going and buying one from the store.
I made this cake on a Sunday and thought it would last until Fat Tuesday but I was very wrong about that. The cake was all gone by the end of monday, well about half was gone after it had just cooled Sunday night. Gosh I am such a fat kid when it comes to sweets. I need to just have people to bake all these things for so that I stop eating them all myself.