French King Cake

French King Cake

This cake is traditionally eaten in France a few days before and after Epiphany (Jan 6th). A "fève" (i.e. broad bean) is usually hidden in the cake and the person who finds it becomes king for the day.

10 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 25 min

Standing 1 h

430 calories per serving 


  parchment paper, for the baking sheet    
400 g puff pastry dough   1 box
1/2 cup butter, unsalted, soft   120 g
1 cup icing/confectioners' sugar   130 g
1 1/4 cup almond meal   130 g
3 eggs size large    
1 tbsp rum   15 mL
  white flour (all purpose), to roll out the pastry    

Before you start

Defrost the puff pastry dough at room temperature for 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. The dough should be flexible but still feel cold to the touch.

A hand-held or stand mixer will make things easier for this recipe.


  1. Preheat the oven to 205°C/400°F. Butter a large baking sheet (about 30 x 38 cm) and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, cream the butter with the sugar using a mixer, until light and fluffy. Fold in the almond meal, 2 eggs and rum. Set aside.
  3. On a lightly floured board, roll out the puff pastry to 2 rounds of about 10 in (25 cm) diameter, using a rolling pin. Place one round on the baking sheet.
  4. Transfer the almond mixture to the center of the round, leaving about 1 in (2,5 cm) on the edge. Drop one broad bean near the edge (to minimize the chances to find it when slicing the cake).Whisk the remaining egg with 1 tbsp water then brush the pastry edge. Cover with the second pastry round.
  5. Seal all around the edge, gently pressing with a fork. Drill tiny holes in the upper crust, to allow steam to escape. Brush the crust with the beaten egg.
  6. Bake in the middle of the oven 20-25 min, until golden.
  7. Serve at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (90g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




29 g

44 %

Saturated 9 g
+ Trans 0.5 g

47 %


90 mg


150 mg

6 %


34 g

11 %


1 g

2 %


13 g


10 g

Vitamin A

10 %

Vitamin C

0 %


6 %


15 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 0 serving
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 1 serving

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Source of :
Calcium, Copper, Omega-3, Omega-6, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Zinc
Good source of :
Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Phosphorus, Vitamin B2
Excellent source of :

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This recipe is in the following categories: Nuts | Desserts | High Iron | Kosher | Source of Omega-3 | Vegetarian | French

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