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I forgot to add butter to my dough when making king cake, I have kneaded it and left it to rise, will it ruin the dough to mix the butter in and then knead and let it rise again?

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Unfortunately, if you attempt to combine the butter into the already risen dough, the dough's structure would most likely get ruined.

I wouldn't stress too much over the forgotten butter in the dough though, as the filling will consist of butter as well. Also, you may be able to salvage some flakyness by gently folding in thin sheets of butter into the dough.

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That’s a shame after you did all that work. (oops)
I’d make a little melted butter and vanilla and brush the cake w/that (lightly) before you frost it.

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