One of my favorite parts of Mardi Gras is King Cake! They are always so delicious! I love the sweet bread and the fillings that they put in them! I’ve always wanted to learn how to make a king cake but have never been brave enough to try until I saw this recipe on About.com. This is such a quick and easy king cake recipe! This isn’t a “real” king cake but it is a very delicious version of a King Cake!
- 1 block of cream cheese
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup pecan halves (cut up into small pieces)
- 2 rolls (total of 12 individual crescent rolls) refrigerated crescent rolls in the can
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
- 4 to 5 tablespoons water
- Purple, green, and yellow sprinkles
- Mix cream cheese, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor or with a mixer.
- Once blended add the pecans to the food processor. If you are using a mixer make sure to chop up the pecans very small first.
- Add to the cake when ready.
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a pizza pan or baking sheet with butter-flavored vegetable oil or any cooking spray.
- Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into triangles. Position triangles next to each other with the points toward the center, overlapping the long sides about 1/4-inch, forming a large round. Where the pieces overlap, press the seams together only in the center of each seam, leaving either ends of the seams unsealed so you can fold them up over the filling.
- Spread the filling around in a ring covering the center sealed seam of each triangle.
- Place a small plastic baby or dried bean somewhere in the filling. (The person who gets this piece will have good luck for the year.)
- Fold the short side of each triangle toward the center just to the edge of the filling to cover. Then pull the point end of the triangles toward the outer rim of the pan to fully enclose the filling, tucking under the points. Lightly press the seams.
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Let cool to room temperature.
- Mix together powdered sugar and water to make icing.
- Lightly pour on top of the cake.
- Add sprinkles in stripes or to liking.
- I doubled the filling from the original recipe because I wanted to have a little extra to make some other treats! I also took out the raisins because I didn't want them in the king cake.
This is such a fun and easy recipe! I decided to start with my filling so that it would be ready to put on the crescent rolls. I added the cream cheese, brown sugar, and cinnamon to my food processor and blinded it. I then added the pecans and blended until it was smooth.
Once this was done I started on my cake. I laid the crescent rolls in a circle as the recipe said. It is important to spray the pan with cooking spray. I forgot to do this and it wasn’t easy to get it off all in one piece.
I then added the filling to the top of the crescent rolls. I doubled the filling from the original recipes because I wanted to have a good amount of filling!
I then baked it at 350 for about 20 minutes or until the top starts to brown.
I let it cool for about an hour. I then added my icing and sprinkles to the top. I put my sprinkles in a striped pattern to look like a king cake!
This is such an easy recipe and it is so great to share with family and friends! This could be made for any holiday not just Mardi Gras!
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