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!

Ingredients

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  • 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)

Directions

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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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