Let’s Eat Cake – Boudin King Cake

Cajun French: pétrir (pā-treer) – knead


IMG_6803Cajuns are an adaptable people. We take what the area offers and make it our own. So we wonder why it took not only a non-Cajun, but also a non-native Louisianan to develop the Boudin King Cake. Granted Dr. Boudin (Bob Carriker) has been living in the Lafayette area since 1997; he is not native. He calls Louisiana home and has come to embrace our culture and food. In honor of Dr. Boudin and his Boudin King Cake, we have made our own, adapting it to our tastes.

One bread recipe will make a very large king cake. We made ours in our Dutch oven so we adjusted for the size of our pot.

Mais C’est Bon!



French Bread Dough

1 ¾ cups warm water (100 to 110)

4 ½ tsp active dry yeast (2 envelopes)

1 tbl olive oil

2 tsp salt

5 to 5 ½ cups bread flour

Place warm water in large bowl.

Sprinkle in yeast, whisk until dissolved.

Whisk in oil, salt and approximately 4 ½ – 5 cups flour (enough to form a soft ball).

Knead on floured surface for approximately 6 minutes.

Place in greased bowl and let rise to double, approximately 30 minutes.

Once risen, punch dough down and divide into four equal pieces.

Take ¼ of the dough and split in half.

Roll each half into equal rectangle pieces.




1# smoked boudin

¼ – ½ cup Syrup in the Sky beer (Teche Brewing)

Remove skin from boudin.

Mash boudin with enough beer to make boudin soft and pliable.

Divide boudin mixture in half.

Spread boudin portions on dough.

Roll each dough portion.

Twist dough rolls and form into oval, securing ends.

Let rise until double, about 30 minutes.

Bake cake in Dutch oven.

400 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.



¼ cup Louisiana Sweet blood orange marmalade

¼ cup cracklin

Heat marmalade until warm and thin

Place cracklin in food processor and pulse until crumbly


Brush marmalade glaze on cooled King Cake

Top with Cracklin

Serve and enjoy

Note: we fit the small king cake to our Dutch oven.

Bread Dough
Bread Dough


Syrup in the Sky Beer and Boudin
Syrup in the Sky Beer and Boudin


Boudin Filling
Boudin Filling


Ready for Baking
Ready for Baking


In the oven
In the oven


Cooling Cake
Cooling Cake


Adding glaze
Adding glaze


Topped glazed
Topped glazed


Finished King Cake
Finished King Cake




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