La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake) ~ For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year

La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake)  ~ For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year

La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake) ~ For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year

~ La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake)  ~

For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year

La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake)  ~ For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year

La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake) ~ For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year

I LOVE this festive bread, La Rosca de Reyes, a Spanish celebration bread that is often called King Cake, that is infused with oranges,  lemons and sometimes lines, as well as being decorated with candied peel and other fruits – usually cherries, figs and sometimes apricots. In France there is a similar bread called La Galette des Rois, which, can be made with puff pastry or leavened bread, (like the Rosca de Reyes) and contains a little porcelain figurine  which are hugely collectable, as well as a cardboard crown……more about that in a minute!

La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake)  ~ For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year

La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake) ~ For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year

I was asked to bake this delectable cake as part of the Rosca de Reyes Bake-off  over at Cosmos; I must come clean and tell you that by baking this cake, I have been entered into a competition to win a prize of a £500 holiday to Spain……and, who wouldn’t love to win that given the icy weather we are having right now! I can also tell you that if you vote for me, as I hope you will (!!) you will automatically be entered into a draw to win £50 of vouchers to spend on Christmas gifts or Christmas decorations over at very.co.uk , which is rather nice! So, if you think my La Rosca de Reyes is as stunning as I do (!) and I know it tastes delectable, as do my family and friends, please pop over the my entry here: Rosca de Reyes Bake-off Entry 1: Lavender and Lovage, and vote for me! I also submitted an article to accompany my recipe and photos there, and I was rather pleased that they also added a very complimentary nice bio and photo of me there too!

La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake)  ~ For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year

La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake) ~ For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year

I hate asking for votes in contests like this, but, if you do want to vote than that would e wonderful and it is not all compulsory …..but, you might win that £50 voucher too, so it could be a win-win situation! Back to my Rosca de Reyes –  I like to prove my dough overnight, as it gives the cake a better crumb. I also make my sweet pastry topping with orange blossom water, for an extra citrus and floral flavour. I  decorated my cake with jewel coloured candied cherries and peel, as well as whole almonds, and I think that the cake looks absolutely stunning both before and after it has been baked, as you can see from the photos!

La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake)  ~ For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year

La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake) ~ For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year

You can read all about the traditions of the crown and the cake in my post over at Cosmos, here: Revel with a Home-Made La Rosca de Reyesand if you do fancy voting, voting is very simple, you just have to leave a comment at the bottom of the post and award me between 1 and 5 stars! The recipe for my Rosca de Reyes is also there, and as soon as the contest is over, and I am in Spain (!!) I will add the recipe to my post here. Have a wonderful week, time is speeding away from me now, and I can tell you that I have lots of wonderful and very seasonal posts to write between now and Christmas, as well as a few new 5:2 diet recipes too……it’s all go in the Lavender and Lovage kitchen! See you later, Karen 

Rosca de Reyes proving before final baking

Rosca de Reyes proving before final baking

“If you vote for me you will be entered into a draw to win £50 worth of Christmas gifts from very.co.uk (http://www.very.co.uk/christmas/en/christmas.page)”

Recipe for Rosca de Reyes is here: Home-Made La Rosca de Reyes

Disclaimer: 

This is a Sponsored Post as well as being an entry into the Cosmos Rosca de Reyes Bake-Off.

Karen S Burns-Booth

Comments

  1. DANIELLE VEDMORE says

    Looks so festive! Plus I love glace cherries so would be right up my street! Sorry I was too late to vote :( xoxo

  2. Hayley Wells says

    I was just reading about the traditions that go with this cake today! I must say, this is the loveliest version I’ve seen, I’ll definitely be giving it a go :)

  3. Clare Webb says

    I have seen a few recipes around for this style cake and they’ve never really appealed to me – it looks more like a loaf of bread.

    However, your’s looks more like a cake, so I think I’ll be giving it a try!

  4. says

    I never knew what a king cake was until my last job.. they got a cake and my southern supervisor was like we got a keen cake and I was like whattt?? you know a keen cake and I had NO idea.. and he’s like the new orleans cake with a baby in it and I still didn’t get it. then after like 15 minutes I realized he said KING cake. It’s a little different from this, but this looks amazing!!

  5. Fiona Matters says

    This looks absolutely gorgeous. I’d never heard of it before and it looks a tad scary to make – however it looks so very pretty!

  6. Dee Johnson says

    Mmmm that looks amazing. I think im going to have a try at that. Would be great for a sweet eat after Sunday lunch

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