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Cajun King Cake

Cajun King Cake recipe. This cake is made for Mardi Gras, and has a special suprise inside. An oven proof baby doll. If You get the baby doll in your piece of cake,you have to make the next King Cake!

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 egg whites

Light Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • dash of salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water

Decorations:

  • Colored sugar crystals and dragées
  • Small china or plastic oven safe baby doll*

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease and flour a 10-inch fancy tube pan. Sift flour before measuring and combine with sugar, water, oil, dry milk, baking powder, vanilla, and salt in a bowl. Mix until smooth.
  2. Whip the egg whites until stiff. Fold whipped egg whites into the batter until evenly blended. Spoon batter into the prepared pan. Bake 40 to 50 minutes until cake bounces back when gently touched in the center.
  3. Turn out of pan onto cake rack; cool thoroughly.
  4. Drizzle with Light Lemon Glaze and decorate with purple and green sugar crystals and gold dragées.

LIGHT LEMON GLAZE:

  1. Mix 1 cup sifted powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind, a dash of salt, and 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water until mixture is smooth and can be drizzled onto the cake.

* NOTE: Oven-safe doll may be inserted in batter; otherwise insert doll in cake before inverting cake out of pan.

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