I lived in NOLA for a few years, and really missed the King Cake. Last year, we got one delivered from Haydel's and it was great. This year I forgot to order it until it was too late, so (with the help of my mom) I tried this recipe instead. It is awesome. It's super-moist and delicious. I don't think I used quite as much sugar on top as the recipe called for, but I definitely used more than enough ;)
Like other folks, I didn't bother to color the frosting as most NOLA bakeries don't seem to do that either. The coloring from the sugars, however, will spread into the frosting a bit. I cheated and crushed large decorative sugars from the store to use on this cake. I think I should have used an egg beater or something to make the frosting, however, as mine came out a little lumpy.
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I lived in NOLA for a few years, and really missed the King Cake. Last year, we got one...