It’s Carnival Time, Eat Kingcake!

Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Day of Beads and Beer, Laughter and Smiles.

It is inevitable that I miss Southern Louisiana the most during Carnival Season.  I miss the parades, my friends dancing, and of course the delicious king cakes.  Not wanting to spend $55+ on getting a NOLA king cake shipped to me in NC, I made my own.  From scratch.

I truly enjoyed the process. And the smells that came from my kitchen, oh my word. These turned out good, and were true to taste and texture of the original NOLA king cakes.

Recipe via Myrecipes.com

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling:

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 to 6 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Cake Preparation:

  1. Cook first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until butter melts. Set aside, and cool mixture to 100° to 110°.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling2. Stir together yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 tablespoon sugar in a 1-cup glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.

yeast3. Beat sour cream mixture, yeast mixture, eggs, and 2 cups flour at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until smooth. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add enough remaining flour (4 to 4 1/2 cups) until a soft dough forms.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Dough is reading when after poking, the indentions stay

Dough is reading when after poking, the indentions stay

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling5. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until dough is doubled in bulk.

6. Punch down dough, and divide in half. Roll each portion into a 22- x 12-inch rectangle.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

7. Beat 3/4 cup sugar, cream cheese, 1 egg, and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling8. Melt a few tablespoons of butter.  Spread over the dough and sprinkle with cinnamon. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on each dough rectangle, leaving 1-inch borders.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

9. Roll up each dough rectangle, jelly-roll fashion, starting at 1 long side. Place one dough roll, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bring ends of roll together to form an oval ring, moistening and pinching edges together to seal. Repeat with second dough roll.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

10. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 20 to 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

11. Bake at 375° for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden. Slightly cool cakes on pans on wire racks (about 10 minutes).

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Glaze Preparation:

1. Stir together first 4 ingredients.

2. Stir in 2 tablespoons milk, adding additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until spreading consistency

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

3. Drizzle Creamy Glaze evenly over warm cakes; sprinkle with colored sugars or color the glaze with food coloring, alternating colors and forming bands. Let cool completely.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Enjoy!

-D

“Well if you put the nickel, well now, I’ll put a dime down

We can get together now and drink us some wine

All because it’s Carnival Ti-i-i-me

Whoa, it’s Carnival Time

Oh well, it’s Carnival Time and

Everybody’s drinkin’ wine”- Carnival Time, Al Johnson

King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Watch out for the eggs!

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