Mardi Gras King Cake with AEVO

Preparation Time: - 2.5 hours (including rising time)


  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk (110°F/43°C)
  • 1/2 cup AEVO (Avocado Extra Virgin Oil)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 plastic baby figurine (for hiding in the cake after baking)
  • Colored sugar (purple, green, and gold) for decoration
  • Cream cheese or powdered sugar icing (optional)


  1. In a bowl, combine warm milk and yeast. Let it sit for 5 minutes until frothy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together AEVO, sugar, and eggs. Add the yeast mixture and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gradually add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing until a dough forms.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth. Place it in a greased bowl, cover, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 to 1.5 hours or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  6. Punch down the risen dough and roll it out into a rectangle. Place the plastic baby figurine somewhere in the dough.
  7. Roll the dough into a log, sealing the edges. Form a circle with the log on a baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cake to cool.
  9. Once cooled, ice the cake with cream cheese or powdered sugar icing, and sprinkle colored sugar over the top.
  10. Slice and serve. Tradition holds that the person who finds the baby in their slice is responsible for hosting the next Mardi Gras celebration!

Nutrition Facts (per serving, without icing):

Nutrition Facts (per serving, without icing):
Calories 250
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 180mg
Total Carbohydrates 35g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 8g
Protein 5g

Note: Nutrition facts may vary based on specific ingredients and portion sizes. Adjustments can be made based on dietary preferences and needs.