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Save money by making your own king cake for Mardi Gras

10:30 AM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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McArthur's Bakery produces about a thousand king cakes per day during the Mardi Gras season.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KSDK) - We are closing in on Mardi Gras and a big part of the festivities is a king cake.

Tuesday morning on Today In St. Louis, our own Bree Smith showed us how to make a semi-homemade version of the treat that can save you a few dollars.

Here's what you will need:

-Two cans of cinnamon rolls (click for coupon)
-Food coloring

Getting started:

-Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

-Spray a baking sheet with a non-stick cooking spray.

-Unroll each cinnamon roll into a thin strip. Put three strips side-by-side and pinch their ends together, then braid the dough. Braid the dough in a circle on the baking sheet.

-Then bake for 12 to 15 minutes

While the king cake is baking, put 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in three re-sealable plastic bags. Add the following amount of food coloring to each bag to make the desired color and mix thoroughly:

Gold: 3 drops yellow
Green: 3 drops green
Purple: 2 drops red, 1 drop blue

Once the king cake is done baking, take it out of the oven then immediately spread icing over the top. Once the icing melts, sprinkle the food coloring in whatever desired decorative pattern you prefer!

Here's how the savings break down, a pre-made cake generally costs $9.99. If you buy the ingredients for a homemade cake, that costs about $6.69--saving you $3.30.


















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