When I was back home in Cincy for the holidays- I made a stop at Jungle Jims new Eastgate location to stock up on hard-to-find ethnic delicacies. As I strolled down the 'Soul Food' aisle- I caught sight of the King Cake mix and had to buy it. I planned on making this for my coworkers when I got back to work in January, but the office is on a company-wide health kick and well....King Cake is just full sugary temptation to fall off the wagon. Instead, I decided to make the cake in honor of my man, Jimmy, who's about to visit me from his new town of NOLA.
Oh boy, where do I begin here.
My mother sent me a link to an article about a New Orleans bakery that made uniquely filled King Cakes- one in particular was made with apples and goat cheese. This inspired me to want to make my King Cake with some fancy-schmancy out-of-the-ordinary filling. So when I was on the phone with Jimmy, we tossed some ideas around and thought- ooh, goat cheese with orange marmalade might be good! Does sound yummy, but I always like to take things to another level and remembered that I used orange marmalade in a Jezebel sauce I made last week. Oooh....goat cheese and Jezebel sauce filled King Cake....mmm-mmm! Southern foods overload.
Oh, and by the way, if you want the background on what a King Cake is...please click here. And same goes for Jezebel sauce, click here.
After a little trip to the grocery store tonight, I got down to business and started following recipe on the cake mix box. First I made the dough...
I prepared my filling, the said Jezebel sauce, manipulated from a recipe I found on Southern Living's website. Here are my ingredients: Raw Honey, Apricot Preserves, Orange Marmalade, Limoncello syrup, Crushed Pineapples, Horseradish, Crushed Red Pepper, and some homemade Dijon Mustard I made a week ago. In my King Cake filling version of this sauce, I used more of the sweet and fruity ingredients and a little less of the spicy, pungent ingredients, so as to not overpower the cake.
Not wanting to make another sacrifice, I salvaged the goopy King Cake and carried on regardless!
Here it is, baked, after coming out of the oven:
So with a little finessing & festooning, glazing and sprinkling- the cake was decorated and the baby was placed safely in the middle. With a pirate flag. To make it look tough....and possibly summon the spirit of Jean Lafitte.......arrrrrggghhhh, oui, oui!
Although my finished kitchen creation doesn't look very appetizing, I sampled a little bite and I was very pleased with the goat cheese/ Jezebel sauce filling. Presentation went out the door here, but taste was not compromised!
Some day I will revisit making the King Cake again, but until then,
'Have a Little Mercy on Me!'