Buttermilk King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Buttermilk King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling
  • Sweet dough:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package rapid rise yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup Bulgarian-style buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (optional)
  • Cream cheese filling:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Egg wash:
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Icing:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, or as needed


  1. Mix 4 cups of flour, white sugar, yeast, and salt together in the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  2. Whisk 3 eggs in a separate bowl. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat and whisk buttermilk into melted butter; heat until an instant-read thermometer reads 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Whisk buttermilk mixture into beaten eggs and cool the mixture to 110 degrees F (43 degrees C).
  3. Beat egg mixture into flour mixture on medium-low speed to make a firm, elastic dough, about 10 minutes. If dough doesn't separate from the sides of the mixing bowl during kneading, beat in 1/4 cup more flour.
  4. Turn dough out onto a work surface and knead for 1 minute; form into a ball and place into a buttered bowl, turning dough around to lightly coat with butter. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter the outer edge of an 8-inch cake pan.
  6. Stir cream cheese, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and nutmeg in a bowl until filling is smooth.
  7. Punch down dough and turn out onto a lightly floured piece of parchment paper. Roll dough into a 10x28-inch rectangle. Spread cream cheese filling over the rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border along each edge. Lift an edge of the parchment paper sheet to roll dough into a log shape, starting at a 28-inch edge. Pinch seams closed to seal in filling, keeping roll on the parchment paper.
  8. Wrap the filled dough around the outside of the buttered 8-inch cake pan to form the dough into a ring; pinch the edges closed. Use parchment paper to lift the cake and cake pan and slide a baking sheet beneath the parchment. Gently free cake pan, leaving the ring-shaped cake. Whisk 1 egg with water in a small bowl; brush cake with egg wash.
  9. Bake king cake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Let cake cool.
  10. Stir 1 cup confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, and milk in a bowl; mix in 1 teaspoon lemon juice, or amount needed to thin icing to a thick but slightly runny texture. Drizzle king cake with icing.

05/07/2018
Buttermilk King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling, recipe PT15M PT1H 5 455 calories

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