French King Cake recipe - Galette des Rois

Posted by alorentz on 01/05/2017

At the beginning of January, usually around Epiphany*, French bakeries are filled with a special cake:
the “Galette des Rois”.

Tradition has it that whoever finds the lucky charm placed inside the cake becomes the king/queen for the day and has to wear a crown!


For: 6 slices
Preparation: 15 min
Cooking: 45 min



  • 2 ready-made puff pastries
  • 70g of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 100g of almond powder
  • 50g of butter
  • 1 drop of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 lucky charm (porcelain or plastic trinket)


Put the first puff pastry in a mold.

Mix the other ingredients in a big salad bowl. Hide the lucky charm inside the resulting mix.

Spread the mix onto the first layer of puff pastry in the mold and then cover it with the second layer of puff pastry.

Your galette  is almost ready… You can custom the pie on the top with a knife, and brush the last layer of pastry with the egg yolk in order to golden it.

Drill a few small holes to ventilate.

Put in the oven at 210°C (410°F).


Serve lukewarm. Enjoy with friends and family!

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*Epiphany – also known as Three Kings' Day – is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God in his son as human in Jesus Christ.
In Western Christianity, the feast principally commemorates the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles (non-Jews).
The traditional date set for the feast is January 6th.
Popular Epiphany customs include: chalking the door, consuming the “Galette des Rois”, as well as attending church services.