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Delicious Vegan Kings Cake

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Tasty Vegan Kings Cake

Have you ever had a delicious vegan kings cake? I hadn’t for years and finally decided I wanted to know what all the hype is about.

A kings cake is basically a giant cinnamon roll.

You make a yeast dough and then fill it. I chose a cinnamon/sugar/pecan filling.

If you aren’t into nuts in your dessert then you can leave it out.

Typically Kings Cake is made for Mardi Gras. People often hide a little toy baby in the cake and whoever has the piece with the baby has to buy the king’s cake next year.

There are different rules that go with finding the baby. One is the above, another is you’ll have good luck and prosperity all year (we could use that about now).

I am sure there are more but that’s what I found in my limited research.

If you choose to put a toy baby in the cake I would suggest not baking it in the cake. I would suggest that you make a slit on the bottom of the cake and shove it in there.

When decorating the king’s cake you put frosting on it and then put yellow, purple, and green sprinkles on them.

The colors bring meaning to the cake, yellow or gold meaning power, purple meaning justice, and green faith.

There’s your very short, not full of information, limited research on the Kings Cake.

Vegan Kings cake

What do you need for this delicious vegan kings cake?

  • vegan milk
  • vegan butter
  • warm
  • yeast
  • sugar
  • Flax eggs (2 TB flax seeds with 4 TB water, or your favorite egg replacer)
  • salt
  • nutmeg
  • cup flour
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • chopped nuts, I used pecans
  • powdered sugar
  • tsp vanilla
  • Yellow, Green, and Purple Sprinkles
Sliced vegan kings cake

How do you make the king’s cake?

Take your stand mixer and put your warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let this bubble up to activate the yeast for about 5 minutes.

While you’re waiting make your flax egg and set it aside.

After your yeast has proofed then add your plant milk, soft vegan butter, salt, nutmeg, and flax egg, mix this together.

kings cake dough pre rise
pre-rise

Now add the flour and knead with the dough hook for about 5 minutes.

Your dough shouldn’t be sticky.

If it’s way too sticky then add 1 TB of flour until it’s not but be careful not to over flour.

After 5 minutes remove the dough with one hand and spray the bowl with cooking spray with the other and place the dough back in the bowl.

Cover the bowl with a clean dish rag and put it in a warm place to rise. (I usually let my oven preheat to about 100 degrees then shut the oven off and put my bowl to rise there.

Rise for 1-1.5 hours.

kings cake dough after rise
The dough after the rise

While the dough is rising make the filling by combining all the ingredients. Take the butter and cut it in with a pastry cutter until all combined.

kings cake filling
filling

When the dough has risen punch it down and then roll it out in a rectangle (onto a silpat), then sprinkle the filling onto half of the dough, and then fold the dough over it *Pictures posted above.

kings cake with filling

You have two options… You can either braid it or roll it up and then make a circle and pinch the dough together and then make slits in it every couple of inches for a fun design.

folding the kings cake

Or braid it, braiding is a little bit more challenging. Basically, look at the photos above where you cut the dough into three even pieces then try to pinch the dough together so that the filling doesn’t fall out.

Then combine the 3 pieces of dough at the start of your braid, then braid like you would a braid *as you can see I’m not very good that this*

step by step kings cake folding directions

But maybe you will be better. When the braid is done make a big circle and pinch it together.

Cover with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm spot for 45 minutes.

Preheat to oven to 375 degrees.

Bake this for 18-25 minutes.

Check the dough in the middle to make sure it’s not too doughy. Let this cool for a bit and make the frosting.

vegan kings cake frosted

Make the frosting by combining the ingredients and stir. If it’s too thick then add a little more plant milk a tsp at a time.

Frost your cake, I used a pastry brush, and then if you are using sprinkles then quickly sprinkle the 3 colors on, alternating the colors.

Vegan kings cake
Vegan Kings Cake

Vegan Kings Cake

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

This vegan kings cake is perfect for your Mardi Gras celebration or just because you want a tasty cake!

Ingredients

cake

  • 1/2 cup + 1 TB vegan milk
  • 2 TB vegan butter
  • 1/3 cup water, warm
  • 2 1/14 tsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Flax eggs (2 TB flax seeds with 4 TB water, or your favorite egg replacer)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 1/4 cup flour

Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 TB cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup chopped nuts, I used pecans
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 6 TB vegan butter, cold

Frosting

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 TB vegan milk *Or as needed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Optional

  • Yellow, Green, and Purple Sprinkles

Instructions

    Take your stand mixer and put your warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let this bubble up to activate the yeast for about 5 minutes. While you're waiting make your flax egg and set it aside.

After your yeast has proofed then add your plant milk, soft vegan butter, salt, nutmeg, and flax egg, mix this together. Now add the flour and knead with the dough hook for about 5 minutes. Your dough shouldn't be sticky. If it's way too sticky then add 1 TB of flour until it's not but be careful not to over flour. After 5 minutes remove the dough with one hand and spray the bowl with cooking spray with the other and place the dough back in the bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean dish rag and put it in a warm place to rise. (I usually let my oven preheat to about 100 degrees then shut the oven off and put my bowl to rise there. Rise for 1-1.5 hours.

While the dough is rising make the filling by combining all the ingredients. Take the butter and cut it in with a pastry cutter until all combined.

When the dough has risen punch it down and then roll it out in a rectangle (on a silpat), then sprinkle the filling onto half of the dough, and then fold the dough over it *Pictures posted above. You have two options... You can either braid it or roll it up and then make a circle and pinch the dough together and then make slits in it every couple of inches for a fun design. Or braid it, braiding is a little bit more challenging. Basically, look at the photos above where you cut the dough into three even pieces then try to pinch the dough together so that the filling doesn't fall out. Then combine the 3 pieces of dough at the start of your braid, then braid like you would a braid *as you can see I'm not very good that this* But maybe you will be better. when the braid is done make a big circle and pinch it together. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm spot for 45 minutes.

Preheat to oven to 375 degrees. Bake this for 18-20 minutes. Check the dough in the middle to make sure it's not too doughy. Let this cool for a bit and make the frosting.

Make the frosting by combining the ingredients and stir. If it's too thick then add a little more plant milk like a tsp at a time.

Frost your cake, I used a pastry brush, and then if you are using sprinkles then quickly sprinkle the 3 colors on, alternating the colors.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 510Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 290mgCarbohydrates: 85gFiber: 3gSugar: 45gProtein: 8g

The calories are computer generated and may not be 100% accurate.

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