Introducing the Randazzo King Cake: A Deliciously Decadent Recipe
It’s no secret that the New Orleans Mardi Gras is full of rich culinary traditions, many of which have been around for centuries. One of these long-standing favorites is the Randazzo King Cake. This sweet and scrumptious delicacy is a fan-favorite in the Big Easy, and you can now make your own version in the comfort of your own kitchen!
History of the Randazzo King Cake
This traditional Mardi Gras treat came to understand from Europe (some say Italy) and was brought to New Orleans from Sicily, hence the name ‘Randazzo’. It was first hugely popularized in the mid-1960s by a man named Randazzo. Traditionally, a small plastic baby is dropped into the cake batter, and the person whose piece of cake contains the baby is proclaimed to be the “king” of the celebration.
Cooking up this Delicious Delight
The ingredients for this delectable cake are fairly straightforward:
– 2 cups of self-rising flour
– 2 sticks of butter
– 2/3 cup of sugar
– 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
– 4 egg yolks
– 1 cup of water
– 1 cup of raisins
First, preheat your oven to 350° and grease a round cake tin.
Then, in a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and cinnamon. Add the yolks and blend until your mixture is light and creamy.
Next, add the flour and mix until the ingredients are completely combined. Slowly add the water in, stirring continuously until the batter is a light and fluffy consistency. Finally, add the raisins and mix until evenly distributed.
Transfer the batter to your baking tin and bake for 25-30 minutes. Once you’ve tested the inside of the cake and it’s cooked through, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool.
Feel free to ice your cake with cream cheese frosting and decorate with sprinkles or/and additional icing.
Putting your Own Twist on the Randazzo King Cake
If you want to add a personal touch to your Randazzo King cake, you can get creative by adding your favorite ingredients. Think chopped walnuts, mashed banana, mixed dried fruits, or anything else you can imagine.
In the end, the traditional Randazzo King Cake is an essential part of the New Orleans Mardi Gras experience. For a fun and tasty twist on this classic recipe, make sure to try out your own version of this iconic delicacy. You won’t regret it!