Easy King Cake

Monday, December 22, 2008


King Cake is a traditional cake that is baked every year for Mardi Gras.

What you’ll need:

1 Tbl lemon peel, grated
1 ½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 gumdrop
1 pkg yellow cake mix
1 ½ c powdered sugar
1 Tbl lemon juice
1 Tbl water
3 Tbl sugar, divided
Red, blue, yellow and green food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix up the cake batter according to package directions. Stir in the lemon peel, nutmeg and gumdrop. Bake according to cake package directions. Cool completely. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, lemon juice and water until it forms a creamy glaze. Spread the glaze over the top of the cooled cake. Put each tablespoon of sugar into individual zip close baggies. Add 1 drop of red and 1 drop of blue to one bag to make purple sugar. Add 2 drops of yellow to another bag of sugar. Add 2 drops of green to another bag. Mix all well in the individual bags. Sprinkle over the top of the glaze to decorate as desired. Makes about 12 slices.

How to...

Add items to your King Cake...

You can add different items to your King Cake to make it more traditional (beans, peas, coins). If you are using any non-edible items press them into the cake after baking but before cooling and decorating.

Cost:
lemons - $1.99/4
boxed cake mix - $1.29
powdered sugar - $1.69
sugar - $1.99/4 lb bag
Total - $1.75

1 of my favorite chefs had this to say....:

Doris Sturm said...

That King cake looks great and so colorful - I love it, but pressing non-edible items in there would be dangerous. I can just imagine biting into a coin and breaking a tooth - ouch! But once again, I think I have to move to your town if grocery prices are that low there...I'm happy for you :-)

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