Are you looking ahead to Mardi Gras? You might need a gluten-free King Cake recipe to have a proper celebration. Technically, the season for King Cake extends from the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Twelfth Night and Epiphany Day) until “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras, the day before the start of Lent. So we’re in the typical King Cake “window.” Most folks that I know enjoy King Cakes for Mardi Gras, but they can also be used to celebrate other special occasions.
A King Cake is a pastry of sorts which has an almost Bundt cake appearance and is decorated with bands of colored sugar or frosting in green, purple, and gold. The colors represent the following: purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Some King Cakes also have delectable fillings, such as cream cheese, brown sugar, nuts, and fruit.
Here are some beautiful and delicious ones from several of our contributors on All Gluten-Free Desserts, plus a few more from our gluten-free interwebs.
~ King Cake from Art of Gluten-Free Baking ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Jeanne says: “As it turns out, the Mardi Gras King Cake is basically a brioche–which is a combination of a yeasted bread and a cake.” She shares not only her wonderful recipe, but a very special memory of a day with King Cake.
One reader said: “Loved the king cake! I was so happy that my two girls could enjoy this treat again! I made it twice, once with your flour and once without. It was much, much better with your flour! I am from New Orleans so I know what I am talking about. My daughter informed me that I can’t wait a whole year before I make it again!”
One reader said: “I tried out this king cake recipe and plan to bring to our church’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake dinner for two of our members who are gluten sensitive. I love this recipe. It is better (more moist and the crumb more tender) than a traditional recipe made with wheat flour.”
~ King Cake from The Baking Beauties ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option (You’ll also find links to other Mardi Gras recipes at the bottom of Jeanine’s post.)
One reader said: “I lived in Louisiana for 6 years and became gluten free after leaving the state. I have tried for years to make a king cake in February because they are so yummy and remind me of happy Louisiana times. Finally, this year, thanks to you I had my first king cake in 6 years and it was so good I almost cried. I was so proud of myself! I wanted to share it with everyone AND eat it all myself.”
~ Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free King Cake with Quince Filling from In Johnna’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Johnna says: “It’s none other than King Cake, the traditional Mardi Gras treat. While not one of my prettiest creations, I was assured King Cake does not have to be particularly attractive. I hope that is true. I can only recall eating it once years ago and it was like having a dried out cinnamon roll with lots of sugar on top. Mine was a bit more moist and I really liked the addition of quince to the filling.”
You will also find lovely King Cake recipes from some of your favorite gluten-free companies:
~ King Cake from Better Batter ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
~ King Cake from Pamela’s Products ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Enjoy your gluten-free King Cake and laissez les bon temps rouler!