Pleasantly surprised!! I knew I was going to use my bread machine, so I halved the recipe, so that it would fit. I didn't use raisins in the filling. I love raisins, but they have NO place in a king cake. :) The filling was really good, but it was a bit much. If you're from South Louisiana, like me, and want a traditional cinnamon king cake, I would suggest using a mix of 1/3 c white sugar and 1 T. cinnamon (or 2/3 c sugar and 2 T. cinnamon if you make the full recipe). And to me, king cake icing is equally, if not MORE important than the dough, so I am SO thankful to the reviewers who suggested using lemon juice to hide that funky taste that you get in powdered sugar. I loved this icing recipe from one reviewer: 2 c. powdered sugar, 1 T. butter melted, 1 t. clear vanilla, 1 t. lemon juice, 3 T. milk (plus add extra milk as needed to get to the right consistency.) It was PERFECT king cake icing. The full recipe, will make 2 regular-size king cakes, which could serve 20-30, depending on how you slice it.
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Pleasantly surprised!! I knew I was going to use my bread machine, so I halved the recipe, so...