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Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe with Crescent Rolls!

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I’ve posted my favorite King Cake Recipe before – but I actually remembered to take pictures when I made it again for Mardi Gras this week ;)  This King Cake recipe is different than the traditional version in that you don’t make a yeasty bread from scratch – but instead use of a can of crescent rolls for the crust.

With a delicious cream cheese, cinnamon, brown sugar and nut filling – it resembles a decadent coffee cake and would be wonderful with a strong cup of coffee!  And don’t forget to hide the baby inside….

Here’s how to make this easy Mardi Gras King Cake recipe.

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What is a “King Cake”?  A King Cake is a traditional coffee-like-cake inside of which you hide a plastic baby (representing baby Jesus – our King & Savior). Whoever ends up with that piece is King for the Day and will have good luck for the whole year!

King Cakes began in France in the 12th century – and are made in a circle (legend has it) to represent the circular route the Wise Men took on their journey to find the baby Jesus (to fool King Herod and ruin his plans to kill the child). In Catholic tradition, the solemnity of Epiphany falls on January 6th – and celebrates the Magi coming to visit Jesus in the manger. From this time until Mardis Gras (Fat Tuesday – the day before Lenten fasting begins) King Cake is a popular treat.

You’ll need:

    • 2 Rolls of 8 Ct Crescent Rolls (Although I had only 1 can of extra big flaky rolls and I made it work by slicing some of them into extra triangle pieces. In the end it looks pretty regardless ;) )
    • 1/2 block cream cheese (4 oz)
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans and or walnuts (optional)
    • 1/4 cup raisins soaked in hot water 15 minutes, patted dry (optional)

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350, spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Unroll crescent dough and pull apart the triangles. One by one lie them in a circle with points to the center. Each triangle will need to overlap the one before it by about 1/4″.   Press the middle of these seams together with your fingertips – but don’t press too close to where the points are, or where the edges are, because you’ll be lifting those to fold them in a minute.
  2. Spoon the filling onto a ring – midway between the center points and the outer edge.
  3. Place a plastic baby somewhere in the filling.
  4. Now, lift up the inside point of each crescent triangle, starting with the last one you placed on the sheet. (That one won’t have another roll on top of it) One at a time, fold it inward so it lies over the filling. (See picture above)
  5. Next, take the outside edge of each crescent triangle, and one at a time, fold it over towards the center of the ring so the filling is completely encased.   It should make a pretty crescent wreath.
  6. Bake for 20 -25 minutes and let cool.
  7. Now spoon your prepared colored icing over the King Cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.
  8. Serve, making sure to warn your guests about the plastic baby :)
For the Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Food Coloring to represent the following: Purple (=Justice), Green (=Faith) and Gold (=Power)

Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe

Ingredients

    Cake:
  • 2 Rolls of Crescent Rolls
  • Filling:
  • Either use canned pie filling of your choice
  • OR:
  • 1/2 block cream cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves (optional)
  • 1/4 cup raisins soaked in hot water 15 minutes, patted dry (optional)
  • Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Food Coloring or Colored Sugar: Purple (=Justice), Green (=Faith) and Gold (=Power)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350, spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Unroll crescent dough and pull apart the triangles. One by one lie them in a circle with points to the center. Each triangle will need to overlap the one before it by about 1/4".
  3. Press the middle of these seams together with your fingertips - but don't press too close to where the points are, or where the edges are, because you'll be lifting those to fold them in a minute.
  4. Spoon the filling onto a ring - midway between the center points and the outer edge.
  5. Place a plastic baby somewhere in the filling.
  6. Now, lift up the inside point of each crescent triangle, starting with the last one you placed on the sheet. (That one won't have another roll on top of it) One at a time, fold it inward so it lies over the filling. (See picture above)
  7. Next, take the outside edge of each crescent triangle, and one at a time, fold it over towards the center of the ring so the filling is completely encased. It should make a pretty crescent wreath.
  8. Bake for 20 -25 minutes and let cool.
  9. Now spoon your prepared colored icing over the King Cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.
  10. Serve, making sure to warn your guests about the plastic baby :)
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Comments

  1. Looks really delicious.

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