I have never eaten or made a King Cake, so I decided to give it a try today. I found a recipe on Pinterest and altered it only using the ingredients I knew our family liked. (Here is the original: https://zagleft.com/recipe/traditional-mardi-gras-king-cake-recipe/)
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp yeast
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 drop lemon essential oil
1 drop orange essential oil
4 cups flour
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
Colored sugar sprinkles
Start by creaming the sugar, salt, and butter. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Meanwhile, warm the milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Add the yeast, stir, and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Add the vanilla, orange, and lemon to the mixer. Then add the milk and yeast mixture.
Add in the four cups of flour, one cup at a time. A dough will form that looks like the picture below. Oil the bowl, cover the dough, and place in a warm location for 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until doubled.
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle. Spread the dough with about 3 Tbsp softened butter. Mix the 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon together and sprinkle on top of the butter. Using a pizza cutter, cut the rectangle into three sections.
Fold each section in half (longways)
Braid the three pieces of dough.
Fold the ends of the braids together, forming a circle.
Place the ring on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover and let rise in a warm location for about an hour (or until doubled).
Bake at 370 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Mix the 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp milk together and drizzle over the warm cake. Add the colored sugar crystals on top.
Slice and eat warm.