Happy Mardi Gras Y'all!!!
Stuck here at home in the frozen Midwest I could not resist making King Cake Mam Papaul's Mardi Gras King Cake Mix with Praline Filling, you can find them at World Market (probably a bunch more place this time of year) ...
King cakes are a sweetbread ring shaped cake filed with cream cheese, fruit or in this case praline decorated with purple (justice yellow (power) and green (faith) colored sugar with a little toy baby hidden beneath the cake - the person who finds the baby brings the next cake or hosts the next party.
I have to say a bit more labor intensive than I recall.--- chalking it up to being old and out of shape w I totally need dough hooks for my stand mixer --- but TOTALLY worth it!
The mix comes with just about everything you need - just add hot water, butter and an egg, and nuts are optional, but I highly recommend them --- I used walnuts, pecans would be great too =D
I made 2 small cakes so I could bring one to work and leave at home for the hubby.
They turned out fairly well -- LOL ok so, one fairly respectable mini king cake and a blog for Rob -ha!! I am quite certain I should have flipped them so the pinched side was on the bottom - but oh well - nothing icing and colorful sugar cannot hide =)
A medallion from the the Krewe of Iris parade (far too many years ago) Named for the Goddess of the Rainbow and Messenger to the Gods, the lovely krewe wears full-length masks and white gloves -awesome!