King’s Cake (Plus Recipe)

Last year we made our first ‘King’s cake’ , and the kids thought it was so fun they wanted to do it again this year.

What do you need?

250g self-raising flour
250g sugar
250g butter
4 eggs
100g crushed nuts
100g chopped glacier cherries
Rind from 1 lemon (grated)
Pinch of cinnamon
1 dried bean or pea
Honey (for top)


We actually didn’t have a lemon, or glacier cherries on their own – so instead added a small 100g box of chopped dried fruits (which included both glacial cherries and lemons), and it worked just fine.

1) Cream the butter and sugar together
2) Add the well beaten eggs and stir
3) Fold in the flour
4) Add the cinnamon
5) Add the glacier cherries, nuts and lemon rind and of course the bean/pea!

6) Pour in to well greased cake tin

7) Set in oven at 160C for about an hour (the recipe actually said 11/2 to 2 hours, but that would have been way too much for our oven!)
8) When ready, spread top with honey when cake is still warm, so that it melts in to cake.
9) Don’t forget to add the King’s crown!


When it’s time to eat the cake, gather everyone round and cut a big slice for each person. The person who gets the bean/pea in their slice gets to be ‘King’ for the rest of the day, and decides what everyone should do, bossing people around and generally behaving ‘Kingly’!

As we ate our cake in the evening, I told the kids that s/he who got to be King could be King until 2pm the next day. I did, of course tell them the historical tale behind King’s day, when the three wise kings finally reached the baby Jesus by following the star (which I reminded them was the reason we had the star as a decoration in our window)….

Last year, Leon was ‘King’. This year, however, Alfie is ‘King’ – so who knows what he will come up with – as he himself said, “I don’t care about the crown, I just like deciding over everybody!” Hmmm… 😉🍰


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