March 17, 2014


King Cake

Happy Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras kicked off on Fat Tuesday, March 4, 2014. I was too busy on the weekend before and after Mardi Gras to throw a party, so the weekend before St. Patrick's Day I threw a mini Mardi Gras party with friends.  To see the photo's from the party go to my Facebook page.

I've always wanted to make a King Cake but thought it would be way too much work. When I saw this box mix in Cost Plus World Market I decided to give it a try. 

Mam Papaul's King Cake, Mardi Gras
The box comes with all you need. Cake mix, Yeast, Praline filling, glaze, sprinkles and a baby!
The box suggested you turn on the oven for 2 minutes then turn it off and set the dough in a bowl on top of the oven.  This is to let it rise. However mine was not doubling in size like it should have. It rose but not double.
When I thought it had rose enough I rolled it out. The smell of yeasty bread filled my kitchen. I love the smell of yeasty bread. It takes me back to the days when my grandma would make bread.
After rolling out the dough, you slather on the praline filling, jelly roll it up and form a circle. Looks like one side is a little smaller then the other. Hope it cooks up ok.
I'd say it baked up pretty nice. Hope it tastes as good as it looks and smells.
All decorated and ready to eat.  It turned out really good. There was a small section that was a little doughy and didn't cook as well as it should have. I think it was because it didn't double in size. My friends didn't mind. We just cut that little section out and ate the rest.
King Cake, Mardi Gras
I was very pleased with how easy this box mix was to make. My friends and I enjoyed it and it made my house smell so good. I would buy this mix again.


  1. Mm, I love the smell of baking, too. Glad you had fun with it!

    1. Now if only I enjoyed the way my house smelled after cooking :) I'm a baking girl, not a cooking girl.
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  2. What a fun inclusion! I know that if you're in New Orleans that this is probably not a big deal, but this native Oregonian hadn't even heard of King Bread until maybe 10 years ago and hadn't seen one until 4 or so years ago.

    1. Right. We Oregonians don't know all the goodies of Mardi Gras like they do down South. I'll be buying this box mix again and maybe even making it just because. Who says you can only have King Cake at Mardi Gras.


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