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“Königskuchen” – King’s Cake

It’s a Swiss tradition. On the 6th of January we celebrate the Three King’s Day by having “Königskuchen” – King’s Cake. It’s a Cake made out of sweet bread dough buns and decorated with almonds and sugar. Hidden in one of the buns is a little king figurine the person that finds it it there bun becomes king for the day.

Of course our three kids couldn’t wait to find out who was to become king or queen…


…and the king is our eldest.

(his little brother didn’t mind to much as he was king at kindergarten and our youngest said she preferred to be princess anyway)

@ Mrs. Twinkle

We bought our cake from our local bakery but if you want to give it a go here’s the recipe.

60g butter
500g flour
1 tsp salt
100g sugar
20g yeast
2.5dl milk
(if you like you can add a handful of currants or bits of chocolate)

a figurine (or as they do in some places a bean ,an almond or a coin)
1 egg
a handful of almond slivers
a handful of coarse sugar

Leave dough to rise for about 2 hours (until it’s size doubles). Preheat the oven at 190°C. Form the buns put a figurine in one of the buns put them together, coat the cake with the egg and decorate with the almonds and sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes.


  1. It’s a common tradition. In Mexico we celebrate it as well, though the person that finds the baby inside the cake is not king for a day but has to host the next get together.

    I guess we just want to keep seeing each other.

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  2. That’s so sweet ! The son of a friend of ours came home from school today with a little sheep. So maybe in the Valais, or the Val d’Hérens, where things are a little more rustic, shall we say, they have a different celebration called “Sheep day” !
    (Of course in the UK, those figures would be deemed a choking hazard !)

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  3. Laura McDaniel says

    We like these too – for us it’s more of a Mardi Gras celebration, so people purchase the same kind of cake, but it is very colorful and like Josh shared – it’s a baby that they find. Always yummy!

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