Mardi Gras Mini King Cake

King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition layered with religion and history.

Recipe courtesy of Louisiana native David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, Virginia

To make 12 of these cupcake size cakes you will need

  • 1/2 cup warm whole milk (110°)
  • 2 (1/4-ounce) packages dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar, divided $
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted $
  • 3 egg yolks $
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest $
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided $
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour $
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt $
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten $
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hot water
  • Purple, green, and yellow sugar sprinkles

Combine milk, yeast, and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl. Stir well, and set in a warm place for about 10 minutes. In another bowl, combine butter and next 3 ingredients; stir in 2 teaspoons lemon juice.

Combine flours, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and kosher salt in a large mixing bowl. Add milk mixture and butter mixture, and beat, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons flour if dough is too sticky, until dough is smooth and forms a shaggy mass. (It should remain soft.)

Place dough in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down, and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a 12- x 8-inch rectangle. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 4 teaspoons sugar, and sprinkle evenly over dough. Roll dough into a log, and cut into 12 equal pieces.

Places pieces into paper baking cups in a muffin pan; let rest 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°. Brush cupcake tops with beaten egg, and bake 20 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool on wire rack. Combine powdered sugar, water, and remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice in a small bowl. Drizzle over cooled cupcakes, and top with sprinkles.

I posted about gumpaste masks here.


They were edible until I glued feathers onto them with tacky glue. To keep them steady in the cakes, I found these picks at the dollar store,

and glued the to the side of each mask.

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