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Old 02-11-2010, 08:34 AM
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King Cake (using your bread machine)

For bread machine:

1/2 cup warm water,110 to 115 degrees
1/2 cup warm milk
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup oil
5 egg yolks
3 1/2 flour unsifted white flour
2 pkgs active dry yeast OR approx 1 rounded dry tbsp bulk dry yeast

After kneading:

1 tsp cinnamon (before twisting into circle)
1 egg slightly beaten with 1 tbsp milk

one 1" plastic baby doll ( use after baking)



Put ingredients in your bread machine according to manufacturer instructions, with the dry yeast on the very top. Set the bread machine for the dough only cycle for 11/2 hours or till dough reaches the top of the pan.

Turn dough out onto floured breadboard. If too sticky, knead in up to 1 cup flour a little at a time. Form dough into cylinder and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Twist into a circle on a greased baking sheet, pinching the ends together to complete the circle.

Brush top and sides of cake with egg wash. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to20 minutes. Hide the plastic baby in the cake while the cake is still warm. After cake is completely cool, ice and decorate the top with the lemon icing and the colored sugar in alternating bands of purple, green and gold. It is easiest to ice a small section, sprinkle with the colored sugar, then ice the next section, otherwise the icing hardens before the sugar can stick.

Colored Sugars

Green, purple, & yellow paste
12 tablespoons sugar

Squeeze a dot of green paste in palm of hand. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over the paste and rub together quickly. Place this mixture on wax paper and wash hands to remove color. Repeat process for other 2 colors. Place aside.
You may be able to find the colored sugar already i the colors needed where cake supplies are sold.

Icing

3 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 to 6 tbsp water

Combine sugar, lemon juice and 3 tablespoons water till smooth. If icing is too stiff, add more water till 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.

Last edited by cat lover; 02-11-2010 at 08:36 AM.
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