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Aug 23, 2006 01:57 AM

King Cake?

I'm going to a viewing of the Spike Lee documentary this weekend and I volunteered to bring dessert. I'm trying to be thematically appropriate, and the hostess said that King Cake was the way to go. Does anyone have a recipe for King Cake?

Thanks in advance,

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  1. Here is a link to a recipe. Its a rather involved process.

    Have you considered ordering one instead?

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    1. re: Non Cognomina

      Hmmn.... until I read that recipe, I had not considered ordering one... but I am now considering bringing something else entirely (yeast! i didn't expect that...). We'll see :) Thanks for your help!

      1. I lived in Lafayette, LA for about 10 years and lots of the king cakes I had were just variations on a cinnamon roll. I think any sweet, soft yeast dough with cinnamon, sugar and possibly nuts rolled inside and shaped into a ring will be fine. Just make sure it's not too puffy. The cake should only be about 4" high at the most. Top with a little confectioner sugar glaze and sprinkle on sugar tinted purple, green, and yellow. If you can find a gold paper crown or Mardi Gras beads or even purple, gold, and green confetti, you can use those to decorate the top of the cake. Don't forget to make a slit in the cake and hide the plastic baby or a coin after baking. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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        1. re: Mimi

          ooh, a cinnamon roll that looks like a king cake... now that i think i can handle :) thanks for that idea!

        2. Might I suggest that you discard the King Cake idea? King cakes are eaten during Carnival season--from Twelfth Night (Jan 6) to Mardi Gras (aka Shrove Tuesday). Nobody in NOLA eats king cake out of season, although a couple of bakeries have tried to expand king cake season by renaming the cakes "cajun kringles" (terrible name, as there is nothing cajun about the cakes, the bakeries, or the concept) and selling them between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

          I would make bread pudding; it is perhaps the archetypical NOLA dessert. Easy to make and virtually everyone will eat it. Recipes on the web abound with many variations. You can go upscale with the Palace Cafe's white chocolate bread pudding, or traditional with a meringue topped bread pudding. Or down-home, 'hood style with canned pineapple or fruit cocktail baked into it. Just don't forget the whiskey or rum sauce for drizzling over each portion. In general terms, you'll need at least two loaves of stale bread (french bread or non-seeded italian is best), cut into cubes (at least six cups of cubes); a quart of milk; half a dozen eggs, 3/4 cup of sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla, a couple of shakes of nutmetg and/or cinnamon. Mix the milk & sugar in a mixing bowl, beat in the eggs. Add vanilla, spices. Place bread cubes in a LARGE bowl and pour over the milk mixture; use hands to mix thoroughly, mashing up the bread cubes as you mix. Spread in a greased 9-13 cake pan or pyrex dish. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until set.

          You can add whatever you want to bread pudding; chocolate, rasins, dried fruit, shredded coconut or coconut milk...

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          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            You know, I had heard that King Cake was only for during Mardi Gras, but the hostest of this party is from New Orleans and told us she eats it all year round (I guess some people just really enjoy their King Cake too much to save it for only one season? I don't know). But I love your bread pudding idea... if she doesn't object, I'm going to take your advice. Thanks!

            1. re: Adrienne

              Nobody eats it year round. You can probably buy one online from Haydel's Bakery or Gambino's or Randazzo's, but I can assure you that NO ONE is eating king cake right now. Maybe a bunch of tourists at a convention or trade show party, but not ordinary private citizens here in the city.

              Forgive my persistence on the topic, but the king cake is a traditional food tied to a specific season & practice...don't eat one in August.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                I appreciate the original significance of king cake, but I assure you, there is one person from New Orleans who likes to eat king cake all year round. Her name is Ashley. I'm not saying that anyone else who has ever lived in New Orleans would eat king cake off-season, but she does, and she is, after all, hosting this party.

                But this disagreement can stay theoretical because she said bread pudding would be great too (she is very flexible). So I'm going to go with your suggestion and I'm sure it will go over well with Ashley and her family in their FEMA trailer (in case that was hard to interpret over the internet... it was NOT a joke).

          2. Here Is a link to the history of the King Cake as well as several King Cake recipes: