King Cake Traditional New Orleans Recipe
215 mins (prep 180, cooking 35)
15 ingredients
10-12 servings
In European countries, the coming of the wisemen bearing gifts to the Christ Child is celebrated twelve days after Christmas. The celebration, called Epiphany, Little Christmas on the Twelfth Night, is a time of exchanging gifts and feasting. All over the world, people gather for the festive Twelfth Night celebrations. One of the most popular customs is still the baking of a special cake in honor of the three kings... "A King's Cake." Tradition has now evolved through time to obligate the person who receives the baby (inside every King Cake) to continue the festivities by hosting another king cake party.King Cakes were originally a simple ring of dough with little decoration. The King Cake is made with a rich Danish dough, baked and covered wth a poured sugar topping and decorated with the traditional Mardi Gras-colored sugars. The result is a delicious and festive cake in traditional Rex colors: Purple, representing justice; Green representing faith; Gold representing Power.

Categories:  cajun , seasonal , north-american , equipment , <-4-hours , creole , time-to-make , holiday , food-gift , mardi-gras~carnival , weeknight , oven , american , breads , healthy , southern-u.s. ,
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Serving Size (110.47 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 353.0 Calories from Fat 97.47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10.83g 166.62%
Saturated Fat 6.37g 318.56%
Trans Fat 0.39g %
Cholesterol 26.46mg 88.18%
Sodium 550.73mg 229.47%
Total Carbohydrate 61.81g 206.03%
Dietary Fiber 4.71 g 188.4%
Sugars 31.15 g %
Protein 6.21g 124.12%
Vitamin A 303.47IU% Vitamin C 2.72mg%
Calcium 39.21mg% Iron 1.57mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
warm milk, softened butter, green food coloring, purple food coloring, yellow food coloring, confectioners' sugar