Hattiesburg High School Culinary Arts cooks Mini King Cakes on WDAM

On February 24th, Hattiesburg High School's Culinary Arts Program traveled to WDAM's studio to show the Pine Belt how to make a mini King Cake! This type of dessert is made to celebrate Mardi Gras and is perfectly sweet, festive, tender and deliciously drizzled with icing and topped with colored sugar. 
 
It's easy to make at home and only takes a total time of 30 Minutes! 
 
Mini King Cake Recipe 
 

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time15 mins

Cool10 mins

Total Time30 mins

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cold butter (4 tablespoons)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice  ( or if you prefer, use 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, (optional)
  • FOR THE GLAZE ( drizzle on the cake after it is baked)
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons milk   or cream

FOR THE COLORED SUGAR

  • 3 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1-2 drops purple, green, and yellow food coloring

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C)
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.
  • Using a pastry blender or 2 dinner knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture looks like fine crumbs, set aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, milk, orange juice, and orange zest. Pour into the flour mixture and stir with a fork until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead very lightly and form a circle. (Add a little more flour to the dough if the dough becomes too sticky to handle)
  • Roll the dough out into a rectangle shape.  
  • Make the cream cheese filling.  Spread the cream cheese filling (or any other filling you prefer) onto the dough stopping within 1 inch from the edges. 

  • Next, roll the dough up, jellyroll fashion, starting at long side; pinch the seam together so the cream does not leak out.
  •  Place the dough roll, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet; Bring ends together to form a circular ring, moistening and pinching edges together to seal.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, or until light golden brown.

TO MAKE THE GLAZE

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioner's sugar and the milk.
    Drizzle over the top of the cooled King Cake.

TO MAKE THE COLORED SUGAR

  • Place 1 tablespoon of the sugar into three small bowls. 
    Add in 1 to 2 drops of the food coloring in each bowl. Make a separate bowl for the purple, the green, and the gold sugars.
    Spoon a little of each of the colored sugars over the icing.