Celebrate Mardi Gras: Bake a King Cake!
King Cake is a must for any Mardi Gras celebration. It's a tried and true tradition that is as delicious as it is fun! This scrumptiously regal treat may take some time but it is well worth the wait! Baking with your kids is a great way to teach them measurement and organization skills and it gives them great practice following directions! Spend an afternoon with your child in the kitchen and teach her some Mardi Gras history and some King Cake fun facts as you celebrate the holiday! Nothing beats this sweet lesson in Mardi Gras tradition.
What You Need:
- 2 packets (0.25 oz each) dry active yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup warm milk
- 4 ounce container unsweetened applesauce
- 5 cups flour
- ½ cup sugar plus 2 teaspoons
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Small plastic baby, available at party supply stores in the baby shower section
- Colored sugar (purple, green and yellow) about 1/2 cup of each
- 16 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
Note: You can buy colored sugar from your grocery store or cake supply store, or you can color your own using food coloring and regular white granulated sugar. Simply place about 1/2 cup of sugar each in three separate bowls (ones that are ok to stain if it happens) and squeeze a few drops of food coloring of each of your colors in each bowl. Combine thoroughly until you've created your very own colored sugar in Mardi Gras colors!