Take-out Tuesday, King Cake, California Style

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February is so full of special occasions~

Fat Tuesday, the last day of celebration

before the Christian season of Lent,

is only a week away~

Celebrate with this, melt in your mouth,

glazed citrus loaf cake

King Cakes associated with Mardi Gras are traditionally made

with a cinnamon filling

and decorated with purple, gold, and green icing or sprinkles

This version is made with lemon, lime, and orange instead of cinnamon

and it is perfect for dressing up with purple and green sprinkles~

A twist on the traditional cake

and is wonderful in any season ~

Decorate with any color sprinkles to suit the occasion!

California Dreamin King Cake thepaintedapron.com

You can have it in the oven in less than 15 minutes,

whipped up from things you have in your pantry

and a little secret ingredient called Chardonnay


This Chardonnay and olive oil cake recipe came from

Proud Italian Cook, and let me tell you, it is heaven

It has a light, almost spongy, texture

and the citrus juices and zest awaken your senses

with each luscious bite

The wine and the citrus took me immediately back to my California days

when citrus was always piled high in the kitchen

and the refrigerator was stocked with cool California chardonnays

Prep a loaf pan


Beat the eggs and add the sugar


then fold in the dry ingredients…


Pour into prepared pan


Bake for 30 minutes and test, do not over bake

Cool for 10 minutes in the pan

and then turn out onto a plate

Make glaze while cake is cooling

Zest the lemon, lime and orange

Then cut fruit in half and squeeze juice into a measuring cup

with the powdered sugar and vanilla

Stir well to incorporate the sugar into the liquids


Add more juice, if necessary,

until the glaze reaches the desired consistency

Turn cake out onto a plate and drizzle with glaze


Sprinkle with zests and sparkling sugars


This recipe makes a lot of glaze,

so save extra to drizzle over the slices when serving

California Dreamin cake thepaintedapron.com

California Dreamin’ King Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • loaf pan



  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup quality Chardonnay*
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 meyer lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • sparkling sugars optional for garnish
  • citrus slices. optional for garnish



  • Spray a loaf pan or bundt pan with Baker’s Joy, or grease liberally with butter and then flour. Preheat oven to 350.
  • Beat eggs with mixer and add sugar. Beat to blend. Slowly pour in oil and wine. Mix flour with salt and baking powder. Stir flour into wet mixture with a spoon until well blended. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes and test center with a toothpick. Do not over bake.
  • Cool cake 10 minutes in pan while you prepare the glaze. Invert cake onto plate. Spoon glaze overall and sprinkle with zest and sparkling sugars. Makes 1 cake, 10-12 servings
  • *use a Chardonnay that you enjoy drinking as it will affect the flavor


  • Zest citrus and reserve. Put 1 cup of powdered sugar in a bowl or large measuring cup. Add vanilla and juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 lime, and 1/2 orange. Mixture will be thin. Stir in additional powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time until glaze is desired consistency.
Keyword Chardonnay, citrus pound cake, King cake, loaf cake, pound cake

The cake was baked in this Nordic Ware Lemon Loaf Pan from Sur La Table

citrus loaf cake thepaintedapron.com


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23 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, King Cake, California Style”
  1. Mary says:

    So moist and delicious Jenna, I would love a slice this morning! Any kind of lemon dessert or citrus loaf is my kryptonite. Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

  2. Sounds amazing! Wish I had a slice with my coffee now:@)

  3. Rita C. says:

    Oh, Jenna, that is absolutely heavenly!! Want! Pinned!

  4. This has to be the most beautiful and inviting king cake I’ve seen. The flavors are amazing, the decorating very beautiful and not garish, and that pan! I want it!
    Did you hide a baby inside?

  5. Such a pretty cake and the cake pan is so fun!

  6. Kitty says:

    Mmmm this sounds like sunshine in a loaf, Jenna! I’ll have to try this recipe.
    I made your Housin Chicken for a meal train for someone that recently had back surgery, along with some baked rice, cucumber salad and gingerbread. Love that chicken! Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️

  7. Nancy says:

    What a pretty King Cake! This looks quite moist and tasty.
    Love the loaf pan.

  8. This looks delectable!

  9. Jenna, that cakes looks and sounds delicious. I love a moist cake and citrus flavors are a definite favorite of mine. Happy Wednesday!

  10. lghiggins says:

    I am not familiar with King cake, but it looks delicious. I am interested in learning more of its background.

  11. Kim says:

    This looks delicious Jenna and I love anything with citrus in it. It looks so moist and spongy, just like you said. Definitely pinning! I’d never heard of King cake before – there doesn’t seem to be much celebration of Mardi Gras here in Canada for some reason, but I love the sparkling sugars you added. Love love Nordic ware pans – so pretty. Have a wonderful week!

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