Purple to signify justice, gold for power, and green for faith are the colors of
Mardi Gras. Bands of colored sugar or sprinkles in these colors always decorate
1 package active dry yeast
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2/3 cup warm milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons softened butter
1 egg, beaten
2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 pecan half, bean or trinket
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners' sugar
Cake: In a small bowl, mix the yeast and sugar with 1/2 cup of warm water.
Set aside for 10 minutes.
In the bowl of a food processor or electric mixer, combine yeast and sugar mixture
with the warm milk, salt, cinnamon, butter, egg and 1 cup of flour. Mix for 4 to
5 minutes or until it looks pale and stretchy.
Cover with plastic and set in a warm spot for 1 hour.
Stir the dough and beat in the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until it can
be handled but is elastic. Knead or mix for 5 minutes.
Hide the trinket in it.
Cover again and let rise until doubled in bulk.
Divide the dough in thirds and make each piece into a 24-inch snake. Braid them
together, then form into an oval ring and place on a greased baking sheet.
Cover and let rise until doubled iin bulk - about 45 minutes.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F, and bake the cake for 20 minutes or until it
sounds hollow when rapped.
Cool it completely.
Frosting: Mix the lemon juice and vanilla extract in a bowl.
Sift in the confectioners' sugar a little at a time, stirring to make a smooth
When it is a thick pouring consistency, drizzle it over the cake.