Mardi Gras King Cake - A Reduced-Fat, Full-Flavor Alternative
Here is a recipe for the Traditional Mardi Gras King Cake, in celebration of this upcoming week’s Fat Tuesday celebration. While more of a bread than a cake, this dessert is typically loaded with sugar, butter, and white flour - three things which I’m not a huge fan of. By making a few minor tweaks and giving this recipe a bit of a healthy-flair, you will feel better knowing that you are not getting all of your Fat [Tuesday] calories in one place – although it will still taste like you are.
1. Keep the frosted cake out of sunlight or heat, as this frosting easily melts.
2. In order to be totally authentic, it’s fun to add a “baby Jesus” inside of the cake. While plastic babies are often used, cooking plastic inside the oven is not a good idea when it comes to your health. Instead, put a small cluster of pecans, or something edible and of that nature inside of the cake (dough) before you begin baking. It’s easiest to do this before you “twist” the dough and allow it to rise for the final time. Be sure to tell everyone to inspect their piece of cake before they begin eating it.