An easier King Cake recipe

king cake

Since the Super Bowl was in New Orleans this year, I wanted to make a traditional New Orleans dish for a Super Bowl party. Our local newspaper had a recipe for a King Cake which is like a jelly roll cake, covered in glaze frosting and decorated with purple, gold and green sugars. I decided to do an easier version and do a cake in a Bundt pan and decorate it the same way. The best part is that you get to hide a little plastic baby inside the cake for a guest to find. Everyone was so excited to find the baby that the cake was almost gone by the end of the party. My friends’ 7-year-old daughter finally found the baby, and we were pumped!

Here is the recipe for my cake, an old recipe from my grandmother.

Sour Cream Pound Cake


  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs, separated (you will use both egg yolks and egg whites in this recipe)
  • ¼ tsp. soda
  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar well.  Add egg yolks one at a time, beating after each.


In another bowl, add soda to sifted flour.

sifted flour

Add alternately flour and sour cream to the creamed mixture. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff and fold into creamed mixture.


Bake in a large size greased and floured tube pan (Bundt pan), 300° for 1 ½ hours or until done.  (I had to bake a little longer because it didn’t seem done yet).

batter in Bundt pan

Let sit 15 minutes before taking out of the pan. Before turning the cake over, hide the baby in the bottom of the cake.

For the glaze and decorating, I used this recipe from Family Fun Magazine. It gives a great history of this traditional cake.


  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water or milk
  • Gold-, green-, and purple-colored sugar

Make the glaze by whisking together the confectioners’ sugar and water or milk. Ice the cake while it is still slightly warm, then immediately top it with the purple, gold, and green sugars, alternating the colors (this will hide the baby’s location if you put it in from the top). If you have any Mardi Gras necklaces, drape them around your cake, and whoever finds the baby can wear the necklace.

Amber Tincher and Amy Leckrone

Co-founders Camp Mommawatchi


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