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!

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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    Cookie — March 11, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    OMG what cake DON’T I like? If I had to pick the last cake I’ll ever eat, it’s gotta be Tiramisu Cheesecake and not just ANY Tiramisu Cheesecake but the one from The Cheesecake Factory. It’s TO DIE FOR! Hope I win the book!

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    Ginny Bush — March 11, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    “What is your favorite type of cake?” Is it German chocolate cake, carrot cake, cheesecake, or maybe rum cake? My mom use to make Raw Apple Cake, it’s the best.

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    joan — March 11, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

    I’m a new facebook fan.

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    Becca H. — March 11, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    I’m ALL about Nutella, so Nutella Pound Cake is my absolute favorite!

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    Becca H. — March 11, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    I just became a Facebook fan. Can’t wait to hook up with you there! :-)

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    Becca H. — March 11, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    I am following you on Twitter via my account @beccacit

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    Becca H. — March 11, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    I Tweeted about the giveaway :-)

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    Becca H. — March 11, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    I just subscribed to your blog via email! So glad I found you via BakingBlog!

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    Jeni — March 11, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

    My favorite cake is pumpkin cheesecake. Yum!

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    Jeni — March 11, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

    I subscribed by email.

  11. #
    Jellybean — March 11, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    My favorite cake is lemon meringue cake.

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    Jellybean — March 11, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    …and I just subscribed. Looking forward to your newsletter!

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    Mary Ann — March 12, 2011 @ 4:59 am

    Carrot cake is my favorite. Hope I’m not too late!

  14. #
    Susan Rae — March 13, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    Smitten Kitchen’s Red Velvet Cake is moist and wonderful –

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    Chanelle — March 13, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    I’m a fan of rich, comforting, and luxurious desserts so I’ve been working with Nutella in a lot of my baking. I’ve never worked with Espresso powder but your Espresso Pound Cake with Cranberries & Pecans really inspired me!

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    Steve2inLA — March 15, 2011 @ 12:10 am

    Chocolate Peanutbutter Cake

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    Mia Everette — January 18, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    I like any cake that has icing on it! My favorite has to be Banana cake. It’s a specialty in Northwest indiana where I grew up, but they’ve got a good bakery in New Orleans too, that does a good job, (Anna Banana)

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    Kristin — February 8, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    Amaretto cake is my current favorite!

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    Cyndi — February 15, 2012 @ 4:05 am

    My favorite all-time favorite cake is definitely Red Velvet. I’m really excited to try this recipe for King Cake though- I just moved to the New Orleans area in December so this is my first actual Mardi Gras! Very excited! I just found your site- and I must say, I’m loving it! Great work!

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    Nicole disch — February 15, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

    Oh my favorite cake I a cupcake, I like the old fashion yellow cake and with home made icing with every cupcake having its own personality just like the little ones who eat them. However I am a newly we’d and my hubby loves cheesecake so I am on the search for great cheesecake recipes, cause you know a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I like you site and became a fan on your face book page so I can run across all kinds of new recipes.

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