King Cake

This is a New Orleans tradition at Mardi Gras (or Carnival, as the natives of that city call it). A little doll or coin is baked inside, and the person who gets it has to buy the King Cake at the next party!

1/4 C butter
16 ounces sour cream
1/3 C ugar
1 tsp. of salt
2 packages of dry yeast
1 Tbsp. of sugar
1/2 C warm water
2 eggs
6 to 6 1/2 C of flour
1/2 C of sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 C butter colored frosting
colored sugars
combine first 4 ingredients in a sauce pan, heat till butter melts, stirring. Let cool a little. In large bowl dissolve yeast and 1 Tbsp. sugar in warm water. Let stand 5 minutes. Add the cool butter mixture, beaten eggs and 2 Cs of flour. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes or till smooth. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface knead until smooth.( About 10 minutes). Place in a well greased bowl, cover with a greased wax paper & let rise in warm place free from drafts for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Combine 1/2 C of sugar and cinnamon, set aside. Punch dough down & divide in half. Turn one part of dough onto floured surface and roll into a 28 X 10 rectangle. Spread half of the butter and cinnamon mixture on dough. Roll dough like a jelly roll. Do the same with remaining dough. Place dough roll seam side down on well greased baking sheet. Bring rolls together to make oval ring. Cover and let rise in warm place 20 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes.
Green paste
Purple paste
Yellow paste
12 Tbsp.s sugar
Squeeze a dot of green paste in palm of hand. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp.s sugar over the paste and rub together quickly. Place this mixture on wax paper, & wash hands to remove color. Repeat process for other 2 colors. Place aside.
3 Cs confectioners sugar
1/4 C lemon juice
3 – 6 Tbsp. water
Combine sugar, lemon juice and 3 Tbsp.s water until smooth. If icing is too stiff, add more water until spreadable. Spread icing over top of cake. Immediately sprinkle the colored sugars in individual rows consisting of about 2 rows of green, purple and yellow.

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