King Cake and A Giveaway!

King Cake is the preferred dessert in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. This round cinnamon roll cake is shaped into a ring, topped with an incredible lemon glaze and sprinkled with the colors of Mardi Gras, with purple representing justice, gold representing power, and green representing faith. A plastic baby is baked inside the King Cake, and the tradition is whoever receives the baby in their piece of cake must buy the next King Cake or throw the next party. No Mardi Gras party is complete without a delicious king cake!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Storey Publishing asking if I would like to highlight a recipe from a new cookbook and offer a giveaway on my blog. After I saw the name of the book, A World of Cake, I was hooked! I was so excited for the cookbook to arrive that I would rush home from work hoping that it would be at my door. When it arrived I sat down and drooled over all of the amazing recipes. This book is full of 150 drool worthy recipes, from Rum Cake, Black Forest Cake, Moon Cakes, to Funnel Cakes.

Author Krystina Castella takes the reader on a culinary journey around the world. Each recipe comes with a background on the history and region of the cake and variations on how to create your cake. The introductory chapter includes a calendar highlighting cake worthy holidays and celebrations for each month. It was neat to read about all the the different holidays that people celebrate and the types of cakes that are appropriate for the occasion. Lazy Bones Day, celebrated late May/early June in the Netherlands, was a holiday that made me smile. It is a children holiday in which neighborhood children wake at 4 am on a weekend morning to bang pots and pans, ring door bells, and yell. Anyone who does not wake up and join in the fun are called “lazy bones” for the rest of the year. Each chapter is broken into world regions where you can read each region’s contribution to global cake culture. There are even cake family trees that show how they evolved and relate to each other! I am so excited to try more recipes from this book. If the King Cake is any indication-I won’t be disappointed!

Here is your chance to win a copy of this amazing cookbook! Just follow the directions below for a chance to win! The cookbook will be sent directly from Storey Publishing, so it is limited to US residents only.

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this post answering the question: “What is your favorite type of cake?” Is it German chocolate cake, carrot cake, cheesecake, or maybe rum cake? Whatever it is, I want to know! :) If you want, you can even leave a link to your favorite cake recipe in your comment below.

Extra Entries: The following five opportunities below will earn one extra entry into the giveaway for each. You must leave separate comments for each one to ensure that they are counted as separate entries:

  1. Subscribe to Sweet Pea’s Kitchen by email. (on the right sidebar at the top of the page) Come back and let me know you have subscribed in an additional comment. Already a subscriber? Just say so!
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Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11:59pm EST Giveaway Closed!

Winner: The winner will be selected at random by Sweet Pea’s Kitchen using All entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winner does not reply within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

King Cake and A Giveaway!


For the Cake:
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon
1/2 cup warm milk, about 110 degrees
4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
5 egg yolks
1 egg white
1 tablespoon milk
1 tiny (1-inch) plastic baby

For the Filling:
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened

For the Lemon Icing:
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 tablespoon each purple, green, and gold colored sugars


In a two cup measuring cup, dissolve the yeast in 1 cup of warm water. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and the milk. Let sit for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and lemon zest; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and the  sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until coarse. Add the yeast mixture and mix until combined. Switch to the dough hook and knead at medium-low speed for 5-8 minutes or until dough is smooth and comes away from the sides of the bowl. Add flour sparingly if the dough sticks to the side of the bowl.
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

After the rise, punch down the dough and turn it onto a floured work surface; let dough rest 10 minutes.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Place the baby in the middle of the dough and roll up the long side of the dough, forming a long cylinder, and pinch the edges to seal and smooth the dough to hide the seam.

Transfer the ring to the prepared baking sheet with the seam facing down and cover with plastic wrap. Place a well-greased coffee can or shortening can in the center of the ring to maintain shape during baking. Let sit for 45 minutes, or until the dough doubles in volume.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Beat the egg white with the milk. When the dough is risen, brush it with the egg white mixture. Place the cake in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until golden, or a thermometer reads 200 to 210ºF. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and let cool completely.

To make the icing, cream the sugar and butter until smooth. Mix in the lemon juice, lemon zest.
Pour or pipe lemon icing over the cake. Sprinkle immediately with colored sugars. Let the topping set before serving.

Source: adapted from A World of Cake


225 Responses to “King Cake and A Giveaway!”

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    Myra Horton — March 4, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    My favorite cake is a really good sour cream white cake.

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    Karen Horton — March 4, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    I love German chocolate cake – maybe the frosting is the best part!

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    Dorothy — March 4, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    I love yellow cake with chocolate frosting!

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    ladywild — March 4, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    I love angel food cake. Love how airy it is…so good to me.

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    Kristen — March 4, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    Carrot cake is my favorite! The recipes without nuts or pineapple. :] Must have a great cream cheese frosting though!

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    Kristen — March 4, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    AND just liked you on FB! w00t w00t!

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    Sarah — March 4, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    Angel food cake! With dark chocolate ganache, whipped cream, and strawberries. This king cake looks great too.

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    fooddoodles — March 4, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    Yum, that king cake looks awesome! I’ve never had one before but I’d love to try it 😀 My favorite cake is cheesecake though :) It’s a really good thing I only get it a couple times a year!

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    Patricia — March 4, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    My favorite cake is carrot cake with nuts and pineapple topped with cream cheese frosting. I have followed you since last summer on Facebook and email. I look forward every day to your recipes. I like how you personalize your stories.
    The King cake looks delicious. I love all the colors. The instructions you post make cooking so simple. Thanks

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    Ashlee — March 4, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    My favorite cake is white wedding cake

  11. #
    Leon — March 4, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    carrot cake!

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    Sara — March 4, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    WOW! Beautiful cake. I have to say my favorite is a deep, moist, chocolate cake. Frosting either chocolate or vanilla! If you wanted to throw some peanut butter in there I wouldn’t protest either!

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    lisa — March 4, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    carrot cake!

  14. #
    Sara — March 4, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    follow on twitter saramama

  15. #
    Sara — March 4, 2011 @ 3:52 pm
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    Rachel L-E — March 4, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    My favorite cake is definitely the rum cake recipe my mom has used for birthday cakes for as long as I can remember. Secret ingredient? A box of Jell-o vanilla pudding.

  17. #
    Rachel L-E — March 4, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    I’m now a fan on Facebook!

  18. #
    Rachel L-E — March 4, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    Following you now on Twitter!

  19. #
    Rachel L-E — March 4, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

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    jenna laughs — March 4, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    Hey lady! This is so great – good for you!! My favorite cake is tres leches cake. Yummmm!

  21. #
    jenna laughs — March 4, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    And of course – I follow you through Blogger/Google reader :)

  22. #
    Charles — March 4, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    Very nice! And I like the idea of the can for maintaining shape during baking!

  23. #
    Susie D. — March 4, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    Cold oven pound cake. So easy and comes out perfect!

  24. #
    josashimi — March 4, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    That King Cake looks awesome…as does that cookbook!!!

  25. #
    Beth — March 4, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    Since I’m Canadian, I don’t qualify for the contest. But good luck to everyone else!

  26. #
    Amy — March 4, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

    Ice cream cake!!!

  27. #
    happywhennothungry — March 4, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    This cake looks beautiful! Love your photos too! My favorite cake is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Yum!

  28. #
    happywhennothungry — March 4, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    I subscribe to your blog via email too!

  29. #
    Shari — March 4, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    My favorite cake is one I just started making recently — a chocolate avocado cake! Best, most moist cake I’ve ever made!

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    Catharine — March 4, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    My favorite cake is black magic cake. It’s so crazy good, especially with hershey’s special dark chocolate cocoa and outrageously finger-lickin’ delicious mocha buttercream!

  31. #
    Shari — March 4, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook! :)

  32. #
    Catharine — March 4, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    I follow you on twitter @coolmintoreos

  33. #
    Shari — March 4, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    I follow you on Twitter — @sharinlilbit

  34. #
    Catharine — March 4, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    And I subscribe to your blog via email!

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    Allison C — March 4, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    This books sounds great! I guess I have to be boring and say I like white cake. Of course I like chocolate and many other flavors (banana is great), but if I had to pick one flavor for the rest of my life it would be white with white frosting. Yum! Red velvet is great too…man I’m craving cake now!

  36. #
    Lindsay — March 4, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    I love many types of cake but red velvet is my favorite.

  37. #
    Chris M. — March 4, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    Flourless chocolate cake is my favorite. Thanks!

  38. #
    Sally — March 4, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    Your King Cake looks perfect! My favorite cake is a homemade dark chocolate with a fudge frosting.

  39. #
    Kit Cochran — March 4, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    I have Sweet Pea’s Kitchen on Facebook. I get her email newsletters and love her recipes. My favorite cake is German Chocolate Cake.

  40. #
    Jessica — March 4, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    Frozen blackberry Cheesecake. definitely. 😀

  41. #
    Natalie — March 4, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    Definitely chocolate- the darker the better.

  42. #
    Adriana — March 4, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    my favorite kind of cake is mascarpone cheesecake, making it tomorrow to power up for finals!

  43. #
    Jenn Harris — March 4, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

    I LOVE this blog!!! I follow on facebook every day!

  44. #
    Jenn Harris — March 4, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    My favorite cake is yellow…boring, I know, but sometimes the simple things are the best!

  45. #
    Jenn Harris — March 4, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    Did I also mention I subscribe to the email…cuz I just can’t get enough…and this give away is a great idea!!

  46. #
    Jenn Harris — March 4, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    I dont have twitter, but I think I should get an extra entry just for mentioning the word…why should I be penalized for lack of tweeting capabilities??? lol

  47. #
    jen — March 5, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    My current favorite cake (changes every time I make cake) is a heaven and hell cake with peanut butter mousse filling.

  48. #
    lena — March 5, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    cristina, this bread looks stunning..i’m going to bookmark this too!

  49. #
    simplynutritiouskate — March 5, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    that king cake looks soo amazing !

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