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Spiced roscon de reyes
Recipe: Rosca de Reyes - Spanish Epiphany Cake
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 40 mins

Rosca de Reyes, a Spanish Epiphany cake flavoured with rum, fruit and spices, is a tasty treat to mark the end of the Christmas holidays.

Course: Baked Goods, Baking, Cake
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Rosca de Reyes, Spanish Epiphany Cake
Servings: 25 slices
Calories: 162 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
  • 200 g dried fruit
  • 100 ml rum
  • 100 g unsalted butter softened
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 500 g strong white flour
  • 7 g quick yeast
  • tsp salt
  • 2 tsp powdered cinnamon
  • 100 ml water
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 orange & 1 lemon
  • 3 eggs + 1 for egg wash
  • icing sugar to decorate
  1. Soak 150g of the dried fruit in the rum, preferably overnight.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the eggs, adding one at a time. Mix in the orange and lemon zest. If using a stand mixer, transfer this mix to another bowl.

  3. Mix the dry ingredients: flour, yeast, salt, and cinnamon.

  4. Add the water, vanilla extract and butter and egg mix to the flour. Mix well, and then knead for a few minutes until smooth and elastic.

  5. Knead in the dried fruit, adding a little at a time. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover, place somewhere warm and allow to rise until doubled in size.
  6. Once risen roll out into a sausage shape, and form into a ring. Decorate the top with the remaining dried fruit, pressing them well into the dough.

  7. Place on a baking tray, place in a warm spot, and allow to rise again until doubled in thickness - this will take about an hour.

  8. After about 45 minutes, heat the oven to 160°C (Fan)/180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.

  9. Beat the last egg and brush over the top as an egg wash. Bake in a preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until golden and sounding hollow

  10. Allow to cool and decorate by drizzling on some orange icing or dusting with icing sugar.

Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Recipe: Rosca de Reyes - Spanish Epiphany Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 loaf)
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 156mg7%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 128IU3%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.