Mardi Gras Crafts


King Cake

This is one Mardi Gras craft that you will love to create and then partake in tasting the finished product. This delicious Mardi Gras king cake has a baked-in surprise.

What You'll Need:

For the cake:

2 cups flour

1/4-cup sugar

1 package active dry yeast

1/2-cup milk

1/4-cup butter

3 eggs (at room temperature)

1/2-cup each mixed candied fruits and raisins

Foil-wrapped toy figure (a baby) that is heat-proof

Gold, purple, and green sugar sprinkles

Materials:

Measuring cup and spoons

Mixing bowls

Saucepan

Mixing spoon

Spoon

Electric mixer

Dish towel

10-inch tube pan

Have an adult help you make this traditional Mardi Gras treat.

Mix 3/4-cup flour with the sugar and yeast.

Pour the milk into a small saucepan, add the butter, and stir over low heat.

Slowly add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer until well blended.

Add the eggs one by one; beat well after each egg.

Add 1/2-cup flour, and beat until a thick batter is formed.

Add the rest of the flour, and beat for two minutes.

Cover the mixture with a dish towel, and set it in a warm place for about one hour.

Have an adult preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Using a large spoon, fold candied fruits and raisins into the batter.

Pour the batter into a greased tube pan, and poke the foil-wrapped toy into the batter.

Traditionally, this toy is a baby that represents the Christ child. Whoever finds him will have good luck for the coming year. This person must host the next Mardi Gras party.

Bake your King Cake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let it cool, and sprinkle it with gold, purple, and green sprinkles. The cake will serve 8 to 10 people.

Mardi Gras is a great holiday for creating, throwing, and catching beautifully decorated beads. On the next page, learn how to create your own Mardi Gras throw-me beads.

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