GG Mardi Gras King Cake

King cake is said to have originated in Old World France and Spain and came to be associated with Epiphany during the Middle Ages. When it was brought to the New World (along with Catholicism and Christianity), the tradition evolved further

King cake is first served on King’s Day (January 6) and lasts through the eve of Mardi Gras to celebrate the coming of the three kings, as well as to honor them with a sweet homage to their jeweled crowns.

  • 3 1/2cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1package (2 1/4 teaspoons) Rapid Rise yeast
  • 1cup milk
  • 1/4cup sugar
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 6tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, cut into 12 pieces

Cinnamon Filling

  • 2/3cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4tablespoons unsalted butter, softened


  • 1cup powdered sugar
  • 1tablespoon milk
  • 1/2teaspoon vanilla


  • Dark green, purple, and yellow or gold sugars, if desired
  • Miniature plastic baby, if desired

Traditionally, a small porcelain baby, symbolizing Jesus, is hidden in the king cake and is a way for residents of New Orleans to celebrate their Christian faith. The baby symbolizes luck and prosperity to whoever finds it.

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