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King Cake Recipes (and a little history)

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

This week’s recipe post is in celebration of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday – which just so happens to be today! We’re featuring three recipes for King Cake, a dessert served throughout the Christmas season in honor of the three kings. More specifically, this dessert is served during “king cake season,” extending from The Twelfth Night (January 5th) to the day before Lent begins, or Fat Tuesday.

This cake-making tradition was brought to New Orleans from France, and was enhanced by decorating the cake in the official Mardi Gras colors (which originated in Christianity): purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. Throughout history, a bean was baked inside of the cake as a token of good luck to the person who found it. More commonly now, a Jesus figuring or porcelain figure is baked into the cake as the lucky prize. The one who finds it becomes king (or queen) of the feast, and next year’s celebration falls into their hands.

King Cake - Eric Wagner/Flickr

Eric Wagner/Flickr

So no matter how big your celebration, or whether you choose to include the figurine or not, bake a King Cake and enjoy it with your friends.

Recipes:

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Lemon Chiffon Cake Recipe

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Today is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day – a day to celebrate the invention of Chiffon Cake (by Harry Baker in 1927) and the genius of its fluffiness and delicious taste. The secret to Chiffon Cake is vegetable oil and egg whites, and the rich flavor balanced by the light texture.

So this may be an exaggerated celebration for “just” a cake, but we do have a recipe for a Lemon Chiffon Cake that will make you want to celebrate this dessert all year long.

You can choose to alter the amount of lemon based on your preferences, and garnishes are optional. Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

For the Lemon Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups lemon pie fillingLemons

For the Cake

  • 10-inch tube pan
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 medium egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 6 medium egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Directions

For the Lemon Topping

  1. Beat whipping cream to stiff peaks. Fold in lemon pie filling, chill until stiff.

Chiffon Cake

For the Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and 1/2 cup sugar. Add oil, egg yolks, water and lemon zest, beat with an electric mixer until batter is smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until peaks form. Add 3/4 cup sugar slowly, beat until very stiff and shiny peaks form.
  4. Fold 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the batter, then fold in remaining mixture until streaks are gone. Place batter into ungreased 10-inch tube pan.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for about 60 minutes, or until toothpick test comes out clean. Invert cake and cool completely in the pan. Loosen edges when cool and remove from pan.
  6. Spread Lemon Topping across the top and edges of the cake, or, cut the cake into three even layers, spreading the topping between each layer and on top. Garnish with lemon slices, strawberries or coconut and serve!

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Snow-Tunnel Cake

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Peace Lady ApronUse skim milk and low-fat or sugar free whipped topping for a healthier version of this recipe. If you are feeling adventurous, try using softened ice cream as a filling, then freeze the cake when you are finished for a delicious ice cream cake! Or, add some chocolate shavings or thinly sliced fruit to the top of your finished cake. Just remember Angel Food cake is very delicate, so nothing too heavy. Enjoy!

You Will Need:
1 (18.25 ounce) package angel food cake mix
1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 1/2 Cups milk
1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix

Instructions:
Prepare and bake the cake as directed on the package.
Allow to cool.
Remove from pan.
Slice a 1 inch layer off the top.
Gently hollow out a trench about 1 1/2 inches wide and 2 inches deep.
Tear the removed cake into small pieces and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine milk and pudding mix.
Beat on low for 2 minutes.
Fold cake pieces and 1 3/4 cups of whipped topping into pudding.
Fill trench with pudding mixture.
Replace top of cake.
Spread remaining whipped topping over top and sides of cake.

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