Monday, December 30, 2013

Super Easy Kings’ Cake

King cakes '10
King cakes '10 (Photo credit: Cakey Cakes)
king cake, yay!
king cake, yay! (Photo credit: yarnivore)



 A kings' cake is a tradition shared across many cultures, and more popularly known as a dessert served during Mardi Gras. It is typically tri-colored in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of gold, green and purple. It is also served during the New Year. A bean, or a plastic toy in the shape of a baby, is hidden in the cake. Some say this is representative of hiding the baby Jesus from King Herod, who wanted to kill Jesus out of fear. Finding the baby or the bean can mean different things. It may mean good luck, it might mean you are King or Queen for the night, or it might mean, as in Mexico, you're obligated to throw the next party.

  • Two cans of pre-made biscuit dough
  • A bundt cake pan
  • A quantity of cinnamon and sugar
  • Butter
  • White frosting
  • Colored sprinkles
  • (A quantity of nuts)
 Preheat oven to 350*.

Open biscuit dough cans. Grease the bundt cake pan with some butter. Place one can’s worth of biscuits in the pan to form one layer. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar over it. (Hide the baby or the bean). Place the second layer of biscuits over the cinnamon-sugar center. Sprinkle more cinnamon-sugar over that, and include the crushed nuts, if you are using them.
Bake until golden brown.

Afterwards, decorate with the white frosting and colored sprinkles to make a festive presentation. If you do this without a bundt cake pan , then use an oven-safe ramekin to keep a hole in the center, to make it appear like a traditional kings’ cake.

There’s a second, just as easy, but more beautiful, kings’ cake recipe from Shannon Hurst.

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