Happy Almost Mardi Gras! Every January 6th kicks off the official King Cake season and Carnival. I wrote a guest post, ‘Tis the season of King Cakes, over at Charlotte Riggle’s blog for all you food and culture buffs.
Today I want to share another easy King Cake recipe. The recipe in my book, THE KING CAKE BABY, uses frozen bread dough with a cinnamon-sugar filling and includes a recipe for making a Cream Cheese icing. In this recipe, I use three Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheets, the cinnamon-sugar mix, and a can of Pillsbury Cream Cheese icing. Easy peasy! The only thing easier than making this King Cake is picking one up at your favorite grocery or bakery.
Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheet King Cake Recipe
3 Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheets
Cinnamon sugar mixture: mix ½ c. granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 Plastic King Cake Baby (to hide inside, of course!)
Purple, Green, & Gold sugar sprinkles
Optional fillings: fruit pie filling, or Nutella, or almond paste
1 can Pillsbury Cream Cheese Icing
Cover a baking pan with parchment paper or use a nonstick cookie sheet. Unroll dough sheets and sprinkle each with about a tablespoon of the cinnamon-sugar mix.
Arrange into an oval shape. Press seams together to connect. Bake according to directions on Pillsbury package. EDIT: Add an extra 5 or 10 minutes depending on your oven. Check to make sure the inside is done.
Soften ½ can of Pillsbury Cream Cheese icing. Have purple, green, gold sprinkles handy.
While the cake is still warm, pour icing on top. Alternate with purple, green and gold colored Mardi Gras sprinkles. If you prefer to make your own icing:
3 cups powdered sugar
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons melted butter
¼ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
3 tablespoons milk
Mix all five ingredients in a bowl until the icing is thick enough to slowly drip from a whisk or spoon. Drizzle over the warm cake.
Hide a plastic King Cake Baby in the underside of the cake. Before eating, check to see if you got the baby!
Click Mardi Gras King Cake from Pillsbury Dough Sheets to download the recipe.
And if any of you need a gluten free recipe, see this Red Mill cinnamon roll recipe.
School visits are a wonderful way for authors to share their passion for literacy and share the joys of living a creative life. This baby ran all over New Orleans, over the Mississippi River, and across the Twin Span Bridge! I am very fortunate to have met wonderful faculty and great students during each visit.
The kids and I had a blast reading The King Cake Baby and singing 12 Days of Carnival. My song is all about New Orleans food. And what food tops the Mardi Gras food pyramid? King Cake!
The following links are to pages dedicated to each school visited:
St. Pius X Catholic School, New Orleans
Terrytown Elementary School, Jefferson Parish Schools
Akili Academy, New Orleans
Abney Elementary School, Slidell
Homer A. Plessy Community School, New Orleans
St. Michael’s Special School, New Orleans
I also attended my first King Cake Festival, a benefit for Ochsner Pediatrics! And as you can imagine, ate lots and lots of King Cake! Maurice French Pastries won the People’s Choice Award for the second year. Delicious. Félicitations!