During this time of year of course you’ll hear Merry Christmas, Happy Hanakkah, or Happy Holidays. Thanks to the Dirty Coast store there’s have another greeting you should know…
While the holiday season ends for most on New Year’s Day, those of us with roots in Louisiana are gearing up for another season -Mardi Gras, baby!
We get this party started on January 6th with King Cake. And we’ll keep buying, baking and eating them all season long. According to tradition, you want to “get the baby” because it will bring you blessings or good luck.
This year, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is February 13, 2018. That’s 39 days of celebration. Can’t wait to get this party started!
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. [spacer height=”10px”]
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.[spacer height=”10px”]
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. [spacer height=”10px”]
Roll each dough sheet from the shortest side of the rectangle. [spacer height=”10px”]
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. [spacer height=”10px”]
Decorate the King Cake [spacer height=”10px”]
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! [spacer height=”10px”]
Bon appétit! [spacer height=”10px”]
And if any of you need a gluten free recipe, see this Red Mill cinnamon roll recipe.