Watch: Scoot LIVE at Haydel's Bakery on Kings Day


Haydel’s Bakery can crank out as many as 70,000 king cakes during Carnival. Co-owner David Haydel, Jr. takes Scoot behind the scenes of king cake magic.

 If you want to give this a try at home, see the official recipe below. 

Haydel’s Bakery Official King Cake Recipe

Cream well:

1/3 cup granulated sugar1 teaspoon salt1/2 cup all-purpose shortening

Add and continue creaming:

2 large eggs

Dissolve and add:

1  cup liquid milk (at room temperature)2 packs active dry yeast1 teaspoon flavor ( lemon, orange, vanilla or butter)

Add and mix until smooth:

4 cups all-purpose flour

Knead by hand until dough is smooth and pliable.

Dough temperature out of the mixer should be 80 degrees F.

Allow dough to rest for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Roll out in an oblong piece. Paint with vegetable oil. Add heavy cinnamon sugar; fold to hold sugar in.

Cut into three strips; plait (braid). Let rest until it can be stretch easily and made into a circle.

All 3/4 proof. (TO DOUBLE IN SIZE)

Mix colored sugar (purple, gold and green) using granulated sugar and paste color. Put on cake just before it goes into oven.

Bake at 370 degrees F for approximately 12 – 15 minutes.

Happy Mardi Gras!

Recipe courtesy of Haydel’s Bakery