Chocolate Filled King Cake
Chocolate filling adds decadence to your already-delicious kingcake. All you chocolate lovers will truly enjoy this variation on the traditional King Cake. In fact, you may never go back to the original again! The chocolate filling should not be runny, but should spread nicely onto your King Cake dough. If it is too runny, just let it sit for a few minutes to thicken. Don't forget to tuck a small plastic baby or bead under your cake after it finishes baking. Top off your King Cake with purple, green, and gold
sugar or sprinkles to make it look authentic!
Chocolate-Filled King Cake
Ingredients for Chocolate Filled King Cake Recipe
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup melted butter
2 (.25 ounce) packets active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm water (About 110 degrees F or 45 degrees C)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup half & half
5 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2/3 cup melted butter or margarine
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3-6 Tbsp hot water
Purple, Green, and Yellow sugar crystals for decoration (You can also mix food coloring with regular white sugar, and let it dry.)
Directions for King Cake Recipe
1. Heat milk until it is steaming, not boiling. Immediately remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of melted butter. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, dissolve the 2 packets of yeast in the warm water with 1 tablespoon of the white sugar. Let stand about 10 minutes. The mixture will look slightly creamy and begin bubbling.
2. When yeast mixture starts bubbling, add the cooled milk mixture. Whisk in the eggs. Stir in the remaining white sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Beat the flour into the milk/egg mixture about one cup at a time. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until elastic and smooth. This will take about 10 minutes.
3. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume. This will take 2-3 hours. When the dough has doubled in size, turn out on a lightly floured surface, and punch the dough down to remove air. Divide the dough in half.
1. Whisk sugar, salt, flour, half and half, and egg yolks together in a small saucepan on medium heat. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla extract and chocolate until the chocolate melts. Let chocolate filling cool for 5 minutes.
2. On a floured surface, roll dough halves out into large rectangles (about 10x15 inches). Brush the dough with the melted butter. Spread the chocolate filling evenly over the dough and roll up each half tightly, beginning at the wide side. Bring the ends of each roll together to form 2 oval shaped rings. Place each ring on a prepared cookie sheet.
3. With scissors, make cuts about 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1 inch intervals. Let the cakes sit and rise in a warm spot until they double in size. This will take about 30-45 minutes.
4. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F, or 190 degrees C.
5. Bake king cakes in preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes.
1. While the king cake is baking, mix powdered sugar, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Add hot water, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.
2. When you take the king cake out of the oven, push the small plastic doll into the bottom of the cake.
3. Frost while warm.
4. Finish with sprinkles of purple, green, and yellow sugar crystals for a real New Orleans Mardi Gras look.
How did you like the chocolate filled King Cake?
You just can't beat chocolate and kingcake! This is the best recipe for kingcake that I have found!
The chocolate makes the cake really moist and delicious. I could eat the whole thing!
I love the filling! It's so rich and creamy, and it really makes the king cake yummy.
You might want to double the chocolate filling recipe. I felt like it wasn't quite enough.
YUM!!! Sharing with all my friends.
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Awesome RecipeI love your recipes! The Traditional King Cake is my favorite, and it was a HUGE hit with my kids.