After the Epiphany

The party is over. Dh’s birthday on Saturday, and yesterday hosting my family’s Epiphany party, with 14 adults and 12 children under the age of 9, I’m a bit exhausted. But I thought I would mention our baking highlights:


My husbands enjoys football, and is a big Penn State and Pittsburgh Steeler fan. I decided to splurge and purchase this Stadium Bundt Pan. He loves cake, and has fond memories of his mother’s fancy decorated birthday cakes, so I thought he might enjoy this.

He really did. I used the Kahlua Cake recipe. It makes 9 cups of batter, but in the future I’ll only put 8 cups in the cake, as I had an overflowing lava of a mess and quite a smell in my house. But the cake was still good. I sprinkled the powder sugar and it looked like a stadium at a snow game. We’re very wishful for snow around here.

Yesterday was Epiphany and our family celebration. The day before I made our King Cake. This recipe makes two rings, and I did a few changes, as I was short of energy and time. I had to let the bread dough rise several times, because I just didn’t have free time to roll it out.


And rolling this dough out takes time. I have never been able to reach the dimensions of 15 x 30 inches, so I don’t. I think I did about 22-25 inches long. I doubled the amount of the filling. The first ring, I mixed the melted butter with the sugar combo, accidentally omitted the granulated sugar. I spread the filling all over the dough (didn’t divide into strips) and then rolled it like a cinnamon roll. My ring wasn’t perfect, but it’s oh, so tasty!


The other ring I made another batch of filling without mixing the butter and this time including the granulated sugar. I melted the butter, brushed it on the dough, and cut it in half, into two strips. I think put the filling, closed the edges and “braided” the two. It was easier than three, as I could keep the strips closed and not lose as much filling. I still struggle with the edges, so that the ring closes, but I was so pressed for time. I did the egg wash and colored sugar.

The cake is best served warmed with a bit of butter on the sliced piece. Yummy!

Last, but of course not least, was my first attempt at this Allergy Free King Cake. Don’t be aghast, but I used Crisco and store-bought icing, added Jelly-Bellys and Sour Lifesavers for decoration. My flour changes were 1/2 cup barley flour, 3/4 cup oat flour, 1/4 cup potato starch, 1/4 tapioca starch, 1/4 cup corn starch and a small amount of soy lecithin and xanthum gum. The taste is delicious, although my version was a bit dry and crumbly. I would remove about a 1/4 cup of flour combination or maybe add a bit more shortening.
My son mainly enjoyed the candies and frosting, but enjoyed nonetheless and was thrilled to have his own cake.


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