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.

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Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11:59pm EST Giveaway Closed!

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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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    simplynutritiouskate — March 5, 2011 @ 9:46 am

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    simplynutritiouskate — March 5, 2011 @ 9:47 am

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    simplynutritiouskate — March 5, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    I tweeted! :)

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    Marcy S. — March 5, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    Orange flavored cake is my fave

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    Marcy S. — March 5, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    like on FB

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    Sharon — March 5, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    Sponge cakes! Mmmm.

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    Sharon — March 5, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    I’ve subscribed to you by e-mail! :)

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    Sharon — March 5, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    I’ve become a fan on your Facebook page!

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    robin g — March 5, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    key lime cheesecake, oh so delicious

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    Celine — March 5, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    Sour cream chocolate cake!

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    Celine — March 5, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    I get your email updates

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    deb — March 5, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    I subscribe by e-mail and that is one lucky baby!

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    katshealthcorner — March 5, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    I’m subscribed! 😀


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    katshealthcorner — March 5, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    My favorite kind of cake is CHOCOLATE! 😀


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    Ashlie — March 5, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

    I now follow a gluten and dairy free diet – this is my favorite g and d free cake
    I really want to try a g-and d free cheesecake, b/c it is truly my favorite! Pumpkin cheesecake in particular :)
    I’m definetly going to make this king cake for my husband, he loves cinnamon raisin bread, so I’m sure he would adore it!
    Thanks for a great give-away!

  17. #
    Meryl — March 5, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

    Deep, dark, bittersweet, moist chocolate cake.

  18. #
    Lou — March 5, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    Orange Butter Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting!

  19. #
    Lucie — March 5, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    This is the most beautiful king cake I’ve ever seen! Really striking.

    My favorite cake is my birthday cake–I don’t know the recipe!

  20. #
    Judy Utsler — March 5, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    My favorite cake is Gram’s Banana Cake–a Penzy’s recipe–with chocolate fudge frosting. Mmmmm.

  21. #
    Julie — March 5, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    I love most cakes- red velvet, German chocolate, carrot cake… I have yet to meet a cake that I didn’t like!

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    Ashley — March 5, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

    Favorite cake is “Better than Sex” cake. It’s a box cake mix base, but very good. And easy!

    German chocolate cake–baked according to box directions.
    Punch holes in top of cake after cooled slightly.
    Drizzle a can of sweetened condensed milk on top.
    Drizzle fudge and caramel on top of cake (I use ice cream toppings).
    Put a layer of Cool Whip.
    Crush Twix candy bars and sprinkle over cool whip.
    Refrigerate. (best if let sit 24 hours before serving)

  23. #
    Denise U — March 6, 2011 @ 1:41 am

    My favorite cake of the moment is lemon with a whipped frosting. Yum!

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    Cheryl quimby — March 6, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    So hard to choose a favorite cake. My two favorites would be angel food and red velvet. Between those two I would have to say red velvet! I love a melt in your mouth red velvet cake. Yummie! I have to say tho I enjoy my cake with the crisco icing more than the cream cheese icing.

  25. #
    Kim — March 6, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    My favorite cake would have to be my mom’s Texas Sheet Cake.

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    Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley — March 6, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    My husband, the baker in the family, votes for Banh Chuoi – Vietnamese Banana Cake.
    600 g/ 1 1/4 lb Ripe Bananas
    8-10 slices toast bread, crusts removed!
    2 Tablespoons sugar
    250 ml/ 1 cup coconut cream

    Stir sugar into coconut cream.
    Soak bread in sugar/coconut cream mixture.
    Mash bananas and moistened bread together well.
    Pour into greased loaf tin.
    Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for one hour or until golden.
    Remove from oven and stand for 10 minutes before removing from tin.

    Not my recipe – just really enjoy it and the simplicity. From “How to Wok up a Storm Without Burning Down the House”

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    Maria — March 6, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

    My favorite cake is yellow cake with chocolate frosting, topped off with pecan hearts. My mom would make this cake for our birthdays when we were growing up.

  28. #
    Coggie — March 6, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    My favorite cake is Ina Garten’s “Beatty’s Chocolate Cake”

    I also tweeted about your giveaway AND I’m a Facebook fan.

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    Coggie — March 6, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    I just subscribed!

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    Kim- Liv Life — March 6, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

    I just did nearly the same post today! I’m also giving away a copy of the book (so please don’t include me in the giveaway!) and chose to make the King Cake. We made different versions, and I’m so happy to see the filling that you used. We did the original recipe with the lemon cream cheese filling and truly liked it. I’m eager to try this version next. Nicely done!

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    Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies — March 7, 2011 @ 2:59 am

    I love lemon cake.

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    Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies — March 7, 2011 @ 3:00 am

    I’m following you on Twitter (ps152).

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    Tiffany — March 7, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    My favorite type of cake is a chocolate and orange rum cake!

  34. #
    Montanna @ Slab 2626 — March 7, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    I love raspberry cheesecake and strawberry lemon angel food cake. These are my favorites!

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    Serena — March 7, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    I don’t know the real name of these cakes, but I love cakes from Chinese/Asian bakeries. We always got our birthday cakes there growing up. They’re just lighter and not as sweet as a yellow or white cake and they use a light whipped cream frosting instead of a heavy and rich buttercream. So I’m just going to call it a chiffon cake. =)

  36. #
    Nicole — March 7, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    I love chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Classic but always a favorite!

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    Janet L — March 7, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    I Love, Cakes . my favorite is Cream Cheese Pound Cake .from Joy of Baking .com just about everything, I bake from comes out perfect and true to the taste.

  38. #
    Amanda C — March 7, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    My favorite type of cake (right now), is an almond cupcake with raspberry buttercream frosting. Soooooooooo freaking good!!!!!!!!!

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    frances kelley — March 7, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    my favorite cake of the moment is germand chocolate. it is so scrumptious.

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    thechildcooks — March 7, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    I like most types of cake(as long as it is not chocolate), but angel food or basic yellow with creamy white frosting(the two recipes that I like can be found or probably my favorite. I liked you on facebook.

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    Regan — March 7, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    My favorite is a plain vanilla-ish cake spiked with nutmeg that my mother and grandmother used to make; because it has a crumb topping, it was always just called “Crumb cake.”

  43. #
    Jenn — March 7, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

    I love all flavors of cake – but have to say chocolate with cream cheese icing is my fave. Love your emails and FB page as well!

  44. #
    Marianne — March 7, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    Ice cream cake is my favorite! Your king cake looks great!

  45. #
    Sharon — March 7, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    I just made the Sweet and Salty Cake from Baked. It’s quite a process, but the results are delicious. I guess it’s my favorite cake–today! Thanks.

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    Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather — March 7, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    That king cake look amazing! Angel food cakes was and still is my favorite cake though.

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    Melissa — March 7, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

    My favorite cake is the DQ ice cream cake, but for one you can put in the oven I’d pick carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, brownies and ice cream, or angelfood cake with strawberries and whipped cream. mmmmmmmmmm

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    Sharon — March 7, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

    I’m an email subscriber.

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    Sharon — March 7, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

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