Epiphany Cake for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in #SundaySupper, Cakes | 27 comments

Epiphany Cake for #SundaySupper

Happy 2nd Birthday #SundaySupper! The very talented Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake is hosting the party, and the group is coming together to share recipes and favourite moments of #SundaySupper. Inspired by the time of year, I’ve made a gluten-free Epiphany Cake to bring good luck and good fortune for the next years of sharing recipes and gathering families around the supper table. 

 Two years ago, Isabel from Family Foodie started her quest to bring families around the table for supper on Sundays. Now, it is a global movement, attracting wide media attention. As a blogging story, it is one of stratospheric success. But Isabel hasn’t let it go to her head: she is still absolutely rooted in her primary mission to get families eating together, as well as being a staunch supporter of every single member of the constantly growing group. She is Superwoman! 

It’s hard to choose a single best moment of #SundaySupper – it is so much fun every week, and has inspired my cooking and baking, challenging me to invent recipes, try new techniques and then make them family-friendly. But one of my favourite events was the movie-inspired event we had last year. Watching films to find inspiration then letting my imagination run wild in the kitchen was one of the best ways to spend a weekend! It also prompted me to try a bucket-list recipe – French Macarons. That’s what I love about this group – by putting all our heads together, there is a constant stream of creativity going on and so much fun to be had. 

My recipe for this week’s celebration is sort of cheating. My experience of Epiphany Cake comes from France, and they are labour-intensive, creations. In the north, a traditional Galette des Rois (Kings’ Cake) is made from puff pastry filled with frangipane, but I have spent much more time in the south, where the Galette, or Couronne, as it is sometimes called, is made from brioche and decorated liberally with glace fruits, a speciality of the region. 

Glace fruits in Sarlat, France

Glace fruits in Sarlat, France

But, brioche needs a lot of advance planning to make, takes quite a while and, when I’ve tried to make it gluten-free before, has been a rather disappointing affair. So instead, I took inspiration from the flavours of southern France – oranges and almonds – and made a pudding-like cake, topped with the closest to glace fruits I could find over here: some candied orange peel, glace cherries and -even more cheating- some little jelly sweets. It’s a sugar-fest, but then, this is a party, and you only need a tiny bit of this cake. 

Kings' Cake

It’s a moist, squidgy cake best served with cream or a greek yoghurt as a dessert, with fragrant orange flavour. Just watch out for the bean (or feve) baked into one slice – it’s tradition that whoever gets the bean is the King or Queen for the day!

If you want to enter properly into the tradition, then slice up the cake and send the youngest person in the room under the table. They then announce who gets the first slice, and so it continues until everyone has a slice. I’m not entirely sure why they have to be under the table, but it adds plenty of hilarity to the proceedings!

Gluten-free Kings' Cake


Happy Birthday #SundaySupper! 

Gluten-Free Epiphany Cake
Serves 8
A gluten-free take on a traditional southern French Couronne des Rois
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
  1. 130g light brown sugar
  2. 130g butter
  3. 120g ground almonds
  4. 75g self-raising gluten-free flour blend
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 3 clementines
  7. 1 tbsp orange marmalade, for topping
  8. 2 tbsps caster sugar, for glaze.
  9. 6-7 glace cherries and pieces of candied orange peel and several jelly sweets to decorate.
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a small, deep round cake tin.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  3. Beat the eggs lightly in a separate bowl then mix in a bit at a time with the butter and sugar. Add a pinch of flour to prevent the mixture curdling.
  4. Fold in the rest of the flour, the ground almonds and the baking powder.
  5. Finely grate in the zest of all three clementines; squeeze in the juice of one.
  6. Lightly stir into the mixture.
  7. Transfer to the tin and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a cake skewer comes out clean.
  8. Meanwhile, make the glaze by squeezing the juice of the remaining clementines into a bowl and stir in the caster sugar.
  9. When the cake is done, leave to cool slightly in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack. Prick all over with a fork and while still warm, drizzle over the glaze.
  10. When cool, heat the marmalade briefly and spread over the top of the cake.
  11. Decorate with the candied orange peel, glace cherries and jellies, or any combination of glace fruits.
  12. Serve with a little cream or greek yoghurt.
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  1. Thank you, Katy, for the fun factoids and birthday cake…Many bites of your delicious looking and sounding orange infused cake may be entering mon bouche before long =) Just so I can have good luck, of course =)

    P.s. I truly enjoy your way with words…”The room under the table” , “stratospheric success.” But then again you are a ballerina so of course there would be poetry in your writing =)

    • Of course – who can deny cake when it brings good luck?! Ha, I wish I were a ballerina these days, or even a poet, but thank you for your kind words!

  2. Beautiful cake, Katy, and who cares if it’s authentic when it’s so lovely! All those colored cherries, peel and candies make it a crown truly fit for a king!

    I hope you don’t mind but you were my favorite Sunday Supper moment this year. I didn’t include your name to protect your privacy though. Best wishes for a fabulous New Year!
    Stacy recently posted..Brioche aux Pépites de Chocolat for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Stacy, I don’t mind at all, that is so sweet of you! I look forward to us sharing lots more recipes this year!

  3. The movie sundaysupper event was my favorite one too. =) You know I was very certain that I had come across a galette des rois with brioche but our friends said I was nuts (they are from Alsace). I need to rub your post under her nose ^.^
    Helene D’Souza recently posted..Homemade Brioche #SundaysupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Helene! I think it’s most popular in the Provence region, but I’ve seen it in the Languedoc as well. I definitely need to try your brioche recipe and make a proper one!

  4. Love your interpretation! Tweaking a traditional recipe is so much fun.

    I have loved being a part of Sunday Supper, and cooking along with everyone each week.
    Cheers to another great year!
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious recently posted..Day at the Beach Healthy Tuna Salad for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Dorothy! I have loved cooking along with you as well!

  5. Very interesting! I’ve never seen anything like this before. I’ll definitely have to try it!
    Jennifer B recently posted..National Curried Chicken Day | Curried Chicken for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I hope you like it, Jennifer!

  6. My mom used to make an epiphany cake for us…I think she hid a penny in the batter. I should have started this tradition with my kids…but I think we were always all sugared out by the 12 day! So glad to have you celebrating with us all, Katy! I’ve enjoyed all your SS posts :)

    • I think they often use figurines in France now – yes, you can have a bit of a sugar overload by 12th night! I have loved all of your recipes too :)

  7. I had never heard of an epiphany cake, this is such a cool tradition. Thanks for sharing.
    Shannon R recently posted..Gluten-Free Vegan Coconut Cookies Recipe #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I only really found out about it from spending time in France, but I love the tradition now!

  8. I’ve never heard of an Epiphany Cake . . this is fabulous!!! love it!
    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom recently posted..Poached Pear Bread for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! It is a good pick-me-up celebration at this time of year, when Christmas is over!

  9. I’ve never heard of the tradition of the Epiphany Cake, but it sounds like fun!
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere recently posted..Spicy Roasted Squash and Wild Rice Bake #SundaySupperMy Profile

  10. Looks fun and yummy, what a great addition to this birthday party! HUGS

  11. I love your cake and who cares if its authentic or not when it looks so mouth wateringly delicious!Loved reading about the tradition of this cake and it must be quite fun :) I’ve enjoyed cooking with you Katie and here’s to many many more!
    Soni recently posted..Chicken Shami Kebab #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Oops I meant to write Katy, hate this auto correct!Sorry about that!

  12. Well, how stinking fun is this cake?!?! I have always wanted to make a King’s cake, but haven’t done so before! I like your twist on it…

  13. What a gorgeous cake, so fitting for a great celebration as this one!! Happy to be cooking along with you in #SundaySupper!!

  14. The movie Sunday Supper was one of my favorites too because it was my first event! This cake looks great and the tradition behind it sounds like a blast!
    Laura Dembowski recently posted..Caramel Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars #SundaySupperMy Profile

  15. I’ve never heard of this before, but it is definitely perfect for the occasion!
    Shaina recently posted..Boca Restaurant Review: 101 CantinaMy Profile

  16. I have been having some fun this week baking more gluten-free. I will pin this for later.
    Laura recently posted..Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Stuffed Butternut Squash #SundaySupperMy Profile

  17. What a lovely cake you made for the celebration! I personally like the “squidgy” description. What fun!
    Renee recently posted..Beef StroganoffMy Profile

  18. The movie themed event was one of my favorites as well!

    This cake looks so festive…perfect for this party!
    Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) recently posted..Spicy Shrimp Tempura Rolls #SundaySupperMy Profile