Apple Filled King Cake
The tradition of having King Cake Parties has evolved over time, and the one who "gets the baby" hosts the next King Cake party.
Today's king cakes are have evolved into a festive rich danish dough, some with fillings, and a plastic baby hidden inside. The top of the ring or oval cake is then covered with a sugar glaze and granulated sugar toppings in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold.
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- loaf frozen bread dough (or your own homemade bread dough)
- 1 stick
- butter, melted or very soft
- 1/2 c
- 1/4 c
- 1 can(s)
- apple pie filling
- 1 c
- powdered sugar
- few drops milk or water
- colored sugars; purple, green, yellow
- plastic baby
Combine powdered sugar with just enough milk or water to make a thick icing that's just thin enough to spread. Quickly pour or spread icing over hot King Cake then sprinkle sections with purple, green, and yellow sugar before the icing dries.
You can buy pre-colored decorating sugar or make your own by shaking granulated sugar with a few of drops of liquid food color in a mason jar.
Instead of, or in addition to the cinnamon sugar, spread one of these fillings over the plain bread dough and roll up. Bake as shown above.
Cream Cheese Filled:
2 (8 oz) blocks Cream Cheese, Softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
Combine with hand mixer until light and fluffy. Spread down long edge of plain bread dough and roll up. Bake as directed above. Decorate as directed above.
1/2 cup Vegetable shortening (crisco)
8 oz. Unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup Cocoa powder
4 cups Powdered sugar (sifted)
7 Tbsp Heavy Cream
Cream all ingredients together and spread along long edge and roll up from filled edge. Bake as directed above. Decorate as directed above.
1 (16 oz) can of Apple, Cherry, Peach, Lemon, Strawberry, Raspberry, or Blueberry Pie Filling
1 tsp vanilla (Apple, Cherry, Peach)
1 tsp cinnamon (Apple, Cherry, Peach)
1/2 cup sugar (Cherry)
1 Tablespoons cornstarch (Cherry)
Spread filling down long edge of bread dough and roll up from fruit filling side. Bake as directed above. Decorate as directed above.