When Mrs. Cottage was a child her family did quite a bit of moving, one of those included a stay in New Orleans. Where she was introduced to King Cake! Ever since she has wanted to make this, but we never got around to it. So this year we buckled down and just did it!
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The history and symbolism of the King cake is actually quiet interesting. You can usually find king cake around Mardi Gras also known as King's Day. The purple sprinkles represent justice, the green faith and the gold power. They honor the three kings who visited Jesus. Neat huh? If you need some music to go with these tasty treats try New Orleans by Hoagy Carmichael or Mr. Pinstripe Suit by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy these are some of our favorites!
Ingredients For The Cake -1 16 Oz Container of Organic Sour Cream
1/3 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Raw Sugar
1/4 Cup Grass-Fed Butter
1 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt
2 1/2 Teaspoons Yeast
1 Cup Warm Spring Water
2 Free Range Eggs
5 Cups All Purpose Organic Flour
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Directions:In a sauce pan combine sour cream, sugar, butter and salt. Stir often until butter melts. In a small bowl combine water, yeast and 1 tablespoon raw sugar, let stand for 5 minutes. Beat sour cream mixture, yeast mixture, eggs and 2 cups flour on medium speed until smooth. Reduce speed and slowly add the rest of the flour by cup until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface kneed until smooth and elastic. Place in a well greased bowl and cover with oiled plastic wrap. Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size. Punch down and divide dough in half. Roll each piece out on a lightly floured surface to 22x12 rectangle. Spread filling (See below) over dough leaving a 1" border. Roll up each piece of dough like a cinnamon roll and press the ends down. Transfer to a baking sheet and bring the ends together so it looks like a giant doughnut or wreath. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes while oven is preheating to 375. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until golden. Slightly cool cakes on wire racks. Spread glaze (See below) over the top of the cakes, and sprinkle patches of yellow/gold, green, and purple sprinkles on top. Allow to cool all the way.
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3/4 Cup Raw Sugar
1 Free Range Egg
1 Teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
Beat together in an electric mixer until smooth.
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Glaze -3 Cups Organic Powdered Sugar
3 Tablespoons Melted Grass-Fed Butter
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/4 Teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
2- 4 Tablespoons Organic Milk
Stir together powdered sugar, butter, lemon juice and vanilla, Stir in milk until it is spreadable.
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