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King Cake

Nothing says Mardi Gras like King Cake! If you cant’t get to the Bayou for Mardi Gras fun, bring the Bayou to your own backyard! For the easiest recipe that’s easy and delicious, the fun begins now!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Creole
Keyword: King Cake
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Debbie


  • 2 large cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ground cinnamon, for sprinkling

Creamy Glaze

  • 4 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 small plastic baby (or large dried bean), optional, (see Gr8 Tip Below)


  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a pizza pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, or a stand up mixer, blend together cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla.
  • Open the packaged rolls and unroll dough.
  • Separate triangles at the perforations. Place crescent rolls in a circle, with points facing the center and sides touching. Press together the center of the seams, leaving the top and bottom not pressed together.
  • Add the orange slice at this time if using this option (see Gr8 Tip below).
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough, leaving 2 inches at the top, and 2 inches at the bottom of each triangle without filling.
  • Starting at the point, fold down to the center. From the wide end, fold up, fully enclosing the filling. Continue all around the circle.
    King Cake folding
  • Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool. 
  • If inserting the small plastic baby or bean (see Gr8 Tip below), lift cake and press into the bottom of the cake. Make Creamy Glaze.

Creamy Glaze

  • Combine all of the glaze ingredients until sugar has dissolved and mixture is creamy.
  • Spread or drizzle to your liking and sprinkle with colored sugars in alternate colors.


Gr8 Tip:
Another option for good luck, is a large dried bean. If concerned about a choking hazard with the plastic baby toy or dried bean, some people place a small orange slice in the cake before baking. The small plastic baby or dried bean are inserted after baking. I was able to find the little plastic baby at Party City. They are also available at Michael's Stores and at Amazon.com.
This nutritional information is only an estimate. We do not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 76mg | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 688IU | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
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