Traditional Mardis Gras King Cake

Traditional Mardis Gras King Cake


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The King cake is a Mardis Gras classic. The one who finds the baby is said to have good favor all day - so eat it in the morning! Even if you don’t get lucky, you’ll still find favor in this simple yet tasty dessert.

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Time needed

15 min preparation + 15 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

1 serving


  • Cake
  • 1 (12 oz.) can refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ C. Confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ C. pecans, chopped
  • ¼ C. light brown sugar, packed
  • Frosting
  • 3 C. powdered sugar
  • ¼ C. water
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Purple, gold and green sugar sprinkles

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cream cheese, vanilla, and confectioner’s sugar in a bowl. Roll out the dough and smooth it. Spread the cream cheese down the center of the dough. Cut slits in the sides surrounding the cream cheese so you can form a braid. Mix the pecans and brown sugar to sprinkle over the cream cheese. Make the braid and create the frosting. Mix the powdered sugar, water, and vanilla extract. The mixture will be thick. Spread it over the braid and top it with sprinkles. Form the dough into a circle and don’t forget to slip the baby underneath! Bake the cake for 15 minutes.

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