Fat Tuesday is way cooler than Skinny Tuesday

Feb 21, 2012

Happy Fat Tuesday guyyyyysssss!

This year marks the 200th birthday of Louisiana, and what better way to celebrate than with the greatest cake in Louisiana?

King Cake!

They truly make great birthday cakes, my friends had one special ordered for my 18th birthday.
Yikes. High school.

The best king cake in all of Louisiana is most definitely from Julie Anne's in Shreveport. 
(Which was once featured in People magazine and Southern Living!)
Sorry, south Louisiana peeps, no Gambinos for me, I'm a little biased.

My favorite one they make is filled with pralines and cream cheese.
"Traditional" king cakes don't have any filling, and that's terribly boring.

The rule is whoever finds the little plastic baby Jesus has to buy the king cake next year.
Honestly, in all my years of king caking, no one has ever kept up with that.
It's just fun to find a little plastic child inside your cake?

Once king cake season arrived (back in January) Ellie was in the middle of doing the Daniel Fast with our church, and this conversation happened:

I was planning on making a homemade king cake this weekend and blogging a how-to, but due to a severe overdose on king cake this past month, I couldn't work up the courage (or insulin) to do it.
 (My family has had 4 Julie Anne's king cakes total!)
Since today is Fat Tuesday, you better make it live up to its name!

Speaking of insulin, here is Paula Deen's recipe instead :
Too soon for diabetes jokes?

Pics and recipe via skiptomylou.org
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2/3 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 envelopes active dry yeast, regular or rapid rise
3 eggs
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 egg white, for glazing

Cinnamon-Sugar Filling:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
Yellow Sugar, Purple Sugar, Green Sugar

Melt the butter in the microwave in a medium mixing bowl.
 Add the evaporated milk, 3/4 cup of the sugar, and the salt. Stir so that the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool.
Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water and stir in the remaining teaspoon sugar. Allow to stand for 5 minutes, until foamy.
Add the yeast mixture to the butter and milk mixture. Add the eggs, nutmeg and lemon zest and whisk together vigorously, until well blended.

Whisk in the flour, 1 cup at a time, until you have a thick paste (about 3 cups flour)
 Then switch to a wooden spoon and continue adding flour and mixing well. 
Do not add more than 6 cups flour, or your cake will be too dense. 
When you have added all the flour, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured wooden board and knead it with your hands, which you have dusted with flour, until the dough is smooth and elastic, about a dozen turns.

Place the dough into a large bowl cooking spray. Turn the dough to coat all sides with spray. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and allow the dough to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Make the cinnamon-sugar filling: 
Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small dish and stir well.
Punch the dough down and divide the dough in two. Roll out each half into a 10 by 15 inch rectangle. Brush each rectangle with half of the melted butter and then sprinkle each rectangle with half of the cinnamon-sugar filling mixture. Roll up along the long end like a jelly roll. Press the roll together at the seam, sealing with water if necessary. Wind the two rolls together, forming one thick piece. On a baking sheet sprayed with vegetable oil cooking spray, form the dough into a circle and seal the ends together.
Cover with a tea towel and allow the cake to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, until it almost doubles in size.

Don’t forget to hide your baby Jesus!


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
Whisk the egg white with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the top of the cake with the egg white. Bake the cake for 35 minutes, until it is browned and sounds hollow when tapped. 

Make the white icing: 
Combine the sugar and milk in a small dish and whisk until smooth. If the mixture seems too thin, add a little more sugar. If it won’t drizzle, add a little more milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time.

Allow the cake to cool for a few minutes on a wire rack. 
Drizzle with icing and sprinkle the colored sugar in random patterns over the white icing.

Taaaa daaa!
Not too hard, huh?
If you wanna skip all the dough difficulties, you can always use crescent rolls for the dough stuffed with a cream cheese/pie filling combo.
(Just make the little crescent doughy triangles look like this, spread your filling around the ring, then wrap them over the top of the filling and bake away!)
Complements of mom, the former Pampered Chef.

If all that sounds too complicated then feel free to make these bad boys:
King cake knots!
Recipe here
I need them in my life.

Trish and I have big plans to get super fat for dinner tonight.
I'm just a regular 'ol Baptist, but she's one of those Catholic type folk so she's giving up lots of scary things for lent:
Cokes, sweets, and fried food.
Her willpower astounds me.
Is anyone else out there giving up something for lent?

Happy Fat Tuesday, from Sir Charles!


Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings said...

You might have just made Fat Tuesday my new favorite day of the year!! When I was growing up, my parents had friends from New Orleans who would send us a king cake every year during Mardi Gras. I fell in love with them at an early age. And who doesn't want to find a tiny plastic baby in their cake?!? That's not creepy at all!! ;)

Have a great day!

Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Jenn @ What You Make It said...

Mmm recipes! So I tagged you in a fun post : ) Check it out: http://passengerseatperspectives.blogspot.com/2012/02/about-me.html

Anonymous said...

Isn't the point of lint to give up something that you are hooked on? In that case, I should try to give up viewing this blog. But that would be impossible :-)

megan said...

oh. my. gosh. that cake looks amazing! i need to try king cake! in honor of fat tuesday, i think i will have a hamburger, fries, AND a milkshake tonight. oh and i must not forget about the cookie that was almost as large as my face... that was my "afternoon snack" :) happy fat tuesday dear! bring on the food babies!

tanya said...

i cannot believe your cake! how wild! a baby jesus!!! love it. i think i missed the boat on fat tuesday this year. a shame.

Cindy and Jordan said...

i'm so glad you commented on my blog because that means I got to see yours! That cake looks delicious. Do you guys live in Louisiana? My husbands family lives there & man we love it there! :) I'm following now!

Niina - My Paper Chaos said...

I've never heard of king cake before! That's what I love about reading blogs, you always learn something :) (and then of course...it's enjoyable too!)

Emily said...

yes'm! i live in shreveport for grad school, but Josh moved to dallas last year! i love louisiana, but hopefully i'll be heading west when i graduate :)

Emily said...

oh no! it's such a great holiday! haha, i guess you could technically make any day a "fat" day, i kinda like that idea!

Emily said...

wowww! im so glad you have been able to have one! life changing, huh? haha, nothin is cooler than finding Jesus in your cake

Emily said...

yayyyy thank ya thank ya (again!) can't wait to do it!

Emily said...

you are much too kind! if you want to give it up for lent, then go right ahead (cause its for Jesus!) but other than that I won't allow it! :)

Emily said...

sounds like a pretty dang good Fat Tuesday to me! We stuffed our facies with mexican food (and they had purple and green chips too! weird, but so festive!)

Emily said...

im so glad you could learn a thing or two, hah, thanks for stopping by :)

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