What’s Mardi Gras Without the King Cake - WFSB 3 Connecticut

What’s Mardi Gras Without the King Cake

For King Cake's and more visit La Brioche Bakery in Vernon!


Or try your own King Cake Recipe:







1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
½ cup all purpose shortening
4 cups all purpose flour
2 lg. eggs
1 cup milk (room temperature)
2 sm. packs active dry yeast
¼ tsp lemon flavor
¼ tsp orange flavor
¼ tsp vanilla flavor
¼ tsp butter flavor
½ cup canola oil
½ cup cinnamon sugar


Colored Sugar



3 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp purple food color
1 tsp yellow food color
1 tsp green food color



- In a mixer at first speed combine 1/3 cup granulated sugar, salt, and shortening until well creamed. 


- Add eggs and continue to cream. 


- Dissolve the yeast in the milk and add the flavors. 


- Once dissolved add to creamed mixture and continue to mix. 


- Add flour and mix until dough tightens. 


- Remove from mixer and kneed into a ball.


- At this point sprinkle some flour on top and cover with a clean kitchen towel. 


- Allow the dough to rest for 1½ hours. 


- While the dough is resting mix your colored sugars. 


- Start by taking one cup of sugar and your yellow food coloring.  


- Mix by hand with a wire wisk in a metal bowl until the sugar turns yellow. 


- Pour your yellow sugar into a separate bowl and put off to the side. 


- Repeat this process mixing green then purple.  (By doing them in that order you only dirty one mixingbowl)  


- When dough has rested roll out into an oblong piece.  


- Brush on canola oil covering the entire piece. 


- Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar liberally over the whole piece. 


- Once the dough is covered with the cinnamon sugar and oil, fold it in half lengthwise. 


- Cut into 3 strips and braid the dough. 


- Gently roll the dough by starting at one end and working all the way down to the other end. 


- This will make the dough a nice long piece that can then be shaped into a circle. 


- Once shaped place on a baking pan covered with piece of parchment.  


- Allow the dough to rest again until it doubles in size. 


- At this point take a spoon and alternate sprinkling the three colored sugars on top of your circular piece of dough.


- Bake at 370 degrees F for 12-15 minutes until dough is golden brown.  Then laissez les bon temps rouler!