The King's cake is often made to celebrate the time between Christmas and Mardi Gras. While some families make a cake a week, others bake only one cake for the Mardi Gras party. The trinket holds the most importance, since whoever gets it becomes the king or queen and has to bake the cake the next time.
Flour - 3½ cups
Warm water - ½ cup
Milk - 1 tbsp
Salt - 2 tsp
Confectioner's sugar - 3 cups
Egg yolks - 5
Yeast - 2 tbsp
Lemon juice - ¼ cup
The first step is to choose the bean which is traditionally used in king cakes.
You also need to buy a small plastic baby doll hidden away in the cake as the trinket.
Now is the time to make the cake so grab a small mixing bowl, wash it thoroughly and add warm water in it.
Put yeast and about 2 tsp. sugar in the water and let this mixture rest for four minutes.
Stir the mixture and keep in a warm area for another ten minutes.
Make sure that the mixture is not disturbed by any air movements.
Now take the bowl and run butter on its sides and bottom.
Do keep in mind that the bowl needs to be big enough to hold the dough.
Take another large bowl to mix 3½ cups flour, nutmeg, salt, zest of lemon and sugar.
You can mix the ingredients with an electric mixer for a good mix.
Other ingredients can be added later in the bowl slowly.
The objective is to make a medium soft ball for which you may have to add flour and butter in the mixture.
You need to work the dough with your hands for about ten minutes as you stretch, pull and twist.
Now place this dough in a warm location and leave it for 1½ hours.
Mould the dough in the shape of a cylinder before twisting it several times, forming a ring.
Leave it for another 45 minutes.
In the next step you need to brush the dough with the egg wash and then place it in the oven which should to be pre-heated to 375 degrees F.
Bake the dough for about 25 to 30 minutes in the oven.
Your cake is now ready, let it cool down for a while before making a cut in it to insert the trinket.