2 Tbsp. margarine 1 egg
1 (8 oz.) carton sour cream 3 to 3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, divided
3 Tbsp. sugar 1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 pkg. dry yeast 3 Tbsp. margarine, softened
1 Tbsp. sugar Colored Frostings
1/4 c. warm water (105 to 115 degrees) Colored Sugars
Combine first 4 ingredients in a saucepan; heat until butter melts, stirring occasionally. Let mixture cool to 105 to 115 degrees.
Dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add butter mixture, egg, and 1 cup flour; beat a medium speed of an electric mixer 2 minutes or until smooth. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
Combine 1/4 sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
Punch dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll to a 28 x 10-inch rectangle. Spread with softened margarine and sprinkle cinnamon mixture on dough. Roll dough, jellyroll fashion, starting at long side. Gently place dough roll, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bring end of dough together to form an oval ring, moistening and pinching the edges together to seal. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 20 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden.
Decorate with bands of frosting and colored sugar.
3 c. powdered sugar 1 to 2 drops each of green, yellow,
3 Tbsp. margarine, melted yellow, and purple food
3 to 5 Tbsp. milk coloring
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine sugar and margarine. Add milk to reach desired consistency for drizzling; stir in vanilla. Divide frosting into 3 batches, tinting one green, one yellow, and one purple. Yield: about 1 1/2 cups.
1 1/2 c. sugar, divided 1 to 2 drops each of green,
yellow, and purple food
Combine 1/2 cup sugar and drip of green food coloring in a jar. Place lid on jar, and shake vigorously to evenly mix color with sugar. Repeat procedure twice for yellow and purple sugars. Colored sugars are available in a wide variety. This method is a substitution if needed. Yield: 1/2 cups of each color.
Traditional king cakes have a small plastic baby hidden inside which can be done before baking cake. The person who receives the baby is to bring the next king cake.