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apple filled king cake

(1 rating)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Donna Graffagnino
Bayou Country, LA

This Apple Filled King Cake is very popular and so easy to make at home. Of course, it can be made without the filling for a delicious cinnamon roll flavored 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.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Two of our favorite things about Mardi Gras are beads and King Cake. Using frozen bread dough takes the stress and time out of making homemade dough. Once baked, the bread is very soft. The warm cinnamon apple pie filling is drool-worthy. A must-make for Mardi Gras. Try some of the other combinations Donna suggests... they sound amazing!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(1 rating)
yield 10 -12
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For apple filled king cake

  • 1
    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
    apple pie filling
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar
  • few drops milk or water
  • colored sugars; purple, green, yellow
  • plastic baby

How To Make apple filled king cake

  • Thawing frozen bread.
    Place frozen bread doughs into an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap until thawed out.
  • Brushing rolled out bread with butter.
    Roll out on a floured surface into a large rectangle, at least 10 x 18 or as large as you can without tearing the dough. Gently brush with melted or very soft butter leaving a 1-inch border around edges.
  • Cinnamon sugar sprinkled over butter.
    Combine cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle evenly over dough, avoiding edges so that ends will seal.
  • Apple filling poured on top of cinnamon sugar.
    Spread most of the apple pie filling along the center of the dough, longways, stopping at least an inch from then ends.
  • Rolling dough into a log.
    *(See Note) Take one end of the dough and fold it all the way over to the other side of the dough. Seal edges with wet fingers. Gently roll the dough from the center where the filling is, rolling towards the sealed edge, making a long tube and keeping the filling from coming out of the ends.
  • Bread formed into a circle on parchment paper.
    Place on a parchment-lined pan, seam down with ends of roll meeting to form a circle or oval. Pinch the ends together. Use water if necessary to make the ends stick together.
  • Bread rising.
    Spray the top of bread lightly with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap for about 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size. I put a butter or Cool Whip tub to keep the hole open while it rises, otherwise, it will completely close up while it's baking. (You can skip the rising step if you're in a hurry, but the King Cake won't get as light and fluffy.)
  • King Cake baking in the oven.
    Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes. Hide the baby from underneath after baking.
  • Powdered sugar and milk combined to make a glaze.
    Combine powdered sugar with just enough milk or water to make a thick icing that's just thin enough to spread.
  • King Cake glazed and covered in colored sugar.
    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.
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    *NOTES: For unfilled King Cakes, some bakeries braid their bread dough or make two long ropes and twist the two together then form a circle or oval before baking. You can cut the bread dough into two or three long strips, then spread with cinnamon sugar before rolling, twisting, or braiding if desired.
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    FILLED KING CAKES: 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 a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Spread down the long edge of plain bread dough and roll-up. Bake as directed above. Decorate as directed above. Chocolate Filled: 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 the long edge and roll up from the filled edge. Bake as directed above. Decorate as directed above. Fruit Filled: 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 the long edge of bread dough and roll up from fruit filling side. Bake as directed above. Decorate as directed above.