King Cake Inspired Braid

by Kate on February 11, 2013

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I had never had a king cake before and in fact, I’m not really even sure how I came to discover it. Perhaps something on television or a blurb in a conversation with someone, the memory escapes me but at some point I got it into my head that I wanted to make a king cake. Wherever the notion came from, I am just thrilled it emerged because this is one tasty cake.

If you’re like me and unfamiliar with this treat, king cake is a brioche type bread that usually has a hint of nutmeg or cinnamon in the dough. Sometimes it’s filled, other times it isn’t (mine definitely is!) and it’s topped with a sugary icing that gets sprinkled with purple, green and gold colored sugar. Yes, king cake is a cake to celebrate Mardi Gras! In the southern United States, they have king cake parties all through the pre-Lenten season up until Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. This cake has a rich history and I’m telling you a little more about it today over on Food Fanatic. To read more about this tasty King Cake Recipe head on over and take a look!

Enjoy!

~K

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suzanne February 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

I have never had King Cake, have heard of them and now I want to try it. I love your cream cheese filling and the cake is so colorful, really beautiful. The bread looks wonderful.

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Kate February 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

Thank you Suzanne! It’s a really unique cake/bread.

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust February 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

I am dying to make king cake! This is gorgeous!

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Kate February 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

Thank you Dorothy!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog February 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm

This looks like one scrumptious cake, and it’s so pretty.

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Kate February 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

Thank you Jennie!

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Barb | Creative Culinary February 11, 2013 at 6:31 pm

I’m aware of them, have never made one but now want YOURS! Don’t you put a plastic doll in them that someone finds for good luck? Guess I should hop over and read huh? Looks beautiful Kate.

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Kate February 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

Yes! You do hide a baby, bean or coin in the cake and the person who finds it has good luck but also the responsibility of making the next King Cake and hosting the next king cake party. This cake has such a neat history and tastes amazing too! Win/Win.

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Julia February 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

This is so festive for mardi gras and looks delicious! I’ve never made King Cake but love making Mardi Gras inspired food, so I’ll have to bake up some of this cake along with gumbo. Looks awesome, lady!

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Kate February 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

Thank you Julia! I hope you enjoy it if you make it.

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Delishhh February 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Just adorable – your picture is just awesome and so colorful!

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Kate February 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Thanks!! It really is a beautiful and festive cake. I loved decorating it with all those colored sprinkles.

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Terra February 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm

When I was doing my internship, one of my rotations, they were celebrating Fat Tuesday with King Cake. I was in love with it immediately!!! I have said I would make one, but still have not made one yet. Your king cake looks delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

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Kate February 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm

It’s really pretty easy to do and so uniquely tasty. It was a fun experience!

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Kim Bee February 13, 2013 at 10:34 pm

This is just too pretty for words Kate.

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Kate February 15, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Thanks so much Kim!

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Lora @cakeduchess February 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm

I really love your braided King Cake, Kate. I can’t wait to hop over to get the recipe…gorgeous:)

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Kate February 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Thank you Lora! It was my first experience making one. I have no idea if I got it right but I do know that it tasted amazing! I suppose that’s the most important part, right?

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