Homemade King Cake


It’s almost Mardi Gras and as a Louisiana native, I decided it was time to try to make my own king cake. This cake ended up being very easy to make and delicious – plus it took less than 45 minutes from start to finish! It makes a great dessert but would also be good to bring to a brunch – definitely will be making this even after Fat Tuesday (maybe with different color sugar on top). Try it out for yourself soon!



  • 12 oz can of reduced fat crescent rolls
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract or 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Food coloring (yellow, green, purple)


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Unroll can of crescent rolls in one piece. Press seams together to form one piece of dough.


2. Mix together butter and cinnamon, gently spread over the dough.



3. Mix together cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar. Drop teaspoons over the top of the dough.




4. Carefully roll the dough, horizontally, with the cream cheese inside.


5. Place on baking pan with the seam side down in a circle, pinching the ends together. Bake at 350 for 17-18 minutes or until golden brown.


6. Meanwhile, make icing – mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp water, and 1/4 tsp lemon extract until smooth.


7. Use food coloring to dye the sugar. You can do this by putting the food coloring on your fingers and rubbing it into the sugar.


You may want to wear gloves so you hands don’t end up looking like this:


8. When cake is cool, pour icing over the top of the cake. Sprinkle with the colored sugar, alternating the three colors as you go around the circle.






Yum – look at that gooey deliciousness!

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2 Responses to Homemade King Cake

  1. M. Davis says:

    It was so good there was none left! Awesome! The only thing I did different was I made the icing, then I used cake icing to mix to make the colors, since I couldn’t find the sprinkles here…. I liked this better than the sprinkles and it wasn’t dry at all…. best ever! Thanks!

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