Dreikönigskuchen / 3 Kings' Cake / Epiphany Cake

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“This cake is usually served on January 6th ("Dreikönigstag" or Epiphany) for breakfast in Switzerland. Who will become king or queen ? Each person takes a piece from the cake. The one with the token will be king or queen of the day and all participants have to fulfill a wish of the king or queen ... Ingredients for a cake of about 25 cm (10 inches) in diameter.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt and lemon in a bowl.
  2. Melt the butter and add the cold milk.
  3. Dissolve yeast in water and add two teaspoons of sugar.
  4. Stir the eggs and add flour mix of 1.
  5. Knead to a soft dough.
  6. Add sultanas and the token and distribute them evenly in the dough.
  7. Tear dough apart and form six or eight pieces the size of a fist. You may form one bigger piece as the center piece of the cake. Arrange the pieces around the center piece as shown in the picture above. Place the cake on a non-stick tray.
  8. Let grow in a warm place until the size has doubled.
  9. Let cool for about one hour.
  10. Before baking, sweep with the yolk of an egg.
  11. Bake for about 40 to 50 minutes in the lower part of the pre-heated oven at about 225°C (440°F).
  12. Let cool and add a crown made out of paper or card.

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