Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe

King Cake

Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe

The King Cake is a New Orleans tradition that involves a pastry, a small plastic baby, and a party. The King Cake is baked with a small plastic baby hidden inside, the person who gets the slice with baby in it has to host the next party.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine France
Calories 418 kcal



  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 ounce packages active dry yeast
  • cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 pic eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour


  • 1 cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup melted butter


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Scald milk, remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of butter. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water with 1 tablespoon of the white sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  • When yeast mixture is bubbling, add the cooled milk mixture. Whisk in the eggs. Stir in the remaining white sugar, salt and nutmeg. Beat the flour into the milk/egg mixture 1 cup at a time. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours. When risen, punch down and divide dough in half.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  • To Make Filling: Combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over the cinnamon mixture and mix until crumbly.
  • Roll dough halves out into large rectangles (approximately 10x16 inches or so). Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough and roll up each half tightly like a jelly roll, beginning at the wide side. Bring the ends of each roll together to form 2 oval shaped rings. Place each ring on a prepared cookie sheet. With scissors make cuts 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1 inch intervals. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Push the doll into the bottom of the cake. Frost while warm with the confectioners' sugar blended with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.


Nutrition Information:
  • Protein: 7.2g 14 %
  • Carbohydrates: 68.7g 22 %
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.3g 9 %
  • Sugars: 30.7g
  • Fat: 13.4g 21 %
  • Saturated Fat: 6.2g 31 %
  • Cholesterol: 47.3mg 16 %
  • Vitamin A Iu: 329.1IU 7 %
  • Niacin Equivalents: 4.7mg 36 %
  • Vitamin B6: 0.1mg 5 %
  • Vitamin C: 0.2mg
  • Folate: 111.7mcg 28 %
  • Calcium: 53.2mg 5 %
  • Iron: 2.8mg 16 %
  • Magnesium: 22.5mg 8 %
  • Potassium: 174.9mg 5 %
  • Sodium: 300.5mg 12 %
  • Thiamin: 0.4mg 44 %
Keyword King Cake

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