For the Filling – 1/2 cup raisins – 1/4 cup rum or whatever booze you prefer or even orange juice – 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar – 2/3 cup walnuts pecans or even hazelnuts – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon For the Cake – 1 1/2 cups sugar – 1/3 cup canola oil – 6 tablespoons butter softened (I used Earth Balance Vegan sticks) – 2 large eggs – 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract – 2 cups all-purpose flour – 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour you could use all-purpose flour – 2 teaspoons baking powder – 1/4 teaspoon baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon salt – 1 teaspoon cinnamon – 1 cup buttermilk I used almond milk For the Glaze – 3 cups confectioner’s sugar – yellow green and purple food coloring (or colored sprinkles)
Cook time: 50 min
What is it with all the indulgence during Mardi Gras? It is all about excess before the sacrificial Lenten period. It also represents the three magi who were looking for baby Jesus.
Why is there a plastic baby in a King Cake? It’s a tradition to add the tiny plastic baby tucked in somewhere in your King Cake. Whoever finds the baby ends up being “king for the day”. Tradition has it that they also have to throw the next Mardi Gras party!!
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