CAN I MAKE KING CAKE AT HOME?
Yes! You can definitely start a tradition of making your own king cakes at home with your loved ones. Check out Sucre’s award-winning king cake recipe for inspiration this Mardi Gras season. Voted “A Favorite” by the Times-Picayune King Cake Contest and “BEST” King Cake by a Washington Post blind taste test. Sucre’s signature buttery danish pastry is sweetened by cinnamon and raw cane sugar then folded with a light layer of creole cream cheese.
SUCRE’S KING CAKE RECIPE
THIS RECIPE MAKES 2 KING CAKES
- 2/3 cup whole milk
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, room temperature
Combine flour, sugar, salt, yeast and milk in a mixing bowl and mix on low speed till it comes together. As dough comes together, add 1 egg at a time then add butter gradually. Continue to mix at medium speed till smooth and elastic. Do not overmix.
Place in a clean bowl and wrap with plastic wrap, keep at room temperature and allow to double in size. When doubled, “punch down” to deflate, and wrap again to allow to rise again.
At this point, make the cream cheese filling.
- 8oz Cream Cheese (1 pack)
- 1ea Egg yolk
- 1/8 cup Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- Zest of 1 Lemon
Combine all ingredients and mix till smooth. Will be divided on 2 pieces of dough
Roll dough to an even rectangle about ¼” thick. Cut into 2 lengthwise and pipe or spoon cream cheese filling on the upper 1/3 of each piece. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (1/2 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon cinnamon) evenly. Roll each piece into a log and twist them together to form a braid. Shape into a ring sealing the ends well.
Proof to double in size and bake in preheated oven @360*F for approx 20-25 minutes or till golden brown on the bottom surface. If top is golden brown and bottom is still not baked, cover the top with foil and turn oven down to 325*F. Allow to cool before glazing.
- 2 cups Powder sugar
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients till smooth and coat top of cooled cake. Allow glaze to dry before serving. RECIPE COURTESY OF SUCRÉ – WWW.SHOPSUCRE.COM
(Information obtained from www.neworleans.com/events/holidays)