Friday, February 17, 2012

Easy King Cake

easy king cake recipe
It's that time of year when I start craving King Cake. I am not sure why as I am not from the south, have only spent a few hours in NOLA, I haven't 'earned beads', and I've never celebrated Mardi Gras. The only King Cake I've had was a few pieces that a friend bought from our local Midwest grocery store bakery. I have NO idea if that even tasted like the real thing, but I can't get it out of my brain. Sure, I could go to that grocery store and see if they made any this year...but what is the fun in that? I did a little searching online for an easy recipe and came across a few variations, but nothing was exactly what I wanted. I decided to put my craving to rest and create my own.
Easy King Cake Ingredients
Easy King Cake (Raspberry Cream Cheese version)

2 rolls of refrigerated dough (I used biscuits)
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup raspberry preserves
baby, bean, or pecan
icing glaze
green, purple, & yellow sprinkle sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay out your biscuits in a rectangle (20 so it was 1 row of 6 and 2 rows of 7) and cover with plastic wrap and roll into a sheet. I put down a cookie liner and used a rolling pin to roll. Microwave the cream cheese for 10 seconds and spread on the dough. Microwave the raspberry preserves for 20 seconds and spread on top of the cream cheese. Carefully roll the dough long ways. Form a circle and pinch the ends together. No babies in this house, so I tucked a pecan in the roll. The filling started to break through when biscuits tried to pull apart, but I pinched them together. Bake for 17-23 minutes or until brown on the edges. I did mine for 17 mins and it was slightly doughy on the inside.

You can use a can of pre-made icing if you want. I used the corn syrup icing recipe here. I always use Almond Extract! I usually have some in my fridge since the recipe is more than enough for a batch of cookies.

Move the cake to a plate when it comes out of the oven, spread on icing, then sprinkle with the green, purple, & yellow sprinkles.
I think it turned out well, although I wish my purple sprinkles were brighter. How did it taste? YUMMY! Although, different from that King Cake I had last year. What did I find on the first piece? The pecan! I guess that means I have to make another one. I might try experimenting with crescent or cinnamon roll dough next time.
I did have darker purple sprinkles afterall, which I used on another one I made.
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55 comments :

  1. This looks like a recipe I can do. Thanks!

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  2. I've nvr tried kings cake b4. V interesting n urs turned out v pretty. :)

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  3. This is new to me - King Cake, but I definitely like what I see!!
    I love the coloring - it simply looks wonderful

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  4. I really want to make a King Cake this year. I love the easiness of this!

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  5. Oh, wow! This looks delicious. I would love for you to come over to my blog hop and share this there!
    http://countrifiedhicks.blogspot.com/2013/02/mondays-with-countrified-hicks-blog-hop.html

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  6. Amazing. I never heard of a "King cake". thanks for the recipe. Linda

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  7. I've never head of King Cake but I love sweets so I'm sure I'd like this too :)

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  8. Oh, King Cake is such a great tradition this time of year. This looks delicious!

    Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com

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  9. This cake looks so colourful and delicious!

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  10. I am originally from New Orleans and have been craving a king cake. Maybe I will make one soon! Thanks for the inspiration! Now I just need to find a king cake baby to hide inside...

    I'd love for you to share this at our blog hop: http://www.sneakyspoons.com/2013/02/frugal-crafty-home-blog-hop.html

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  11. I'm super excited about this! I always wanted to make my own king cake, now I can! thanks for the recipe. :)

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  12. that looks yummy! I've not seen this kind of cake before. Thanks for sharing at Tasteful Tuesdays this week! Do you sew or know someone who does? I have a fabulous pattern sale (18 patterns for under $25) and giveaway going on right now.http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/02/sew-fab-e-pattern-sale-and-giveaway.html

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  13. Never heard of this tradition, but it looks yummy. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  14. Hmm. Come down here for a visit sometime and we'll give you a baby to go in that cake.

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  15. I have never had King Cake, but have always wanted to try it! This may be the recipe I use :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for sharing at last week's week's All My Bloggy Friends :)

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  16. We will be trying this one -thanks!

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  17. I've been teaching my kids some of the traditions of Mardi Gras and told them about the King Cake just this morning. Pinning!

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  18. wow! wow! I'm so impressed Diana. Hope you stop by to link this week- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/02/link-party-6.html
    Nancy

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  19. Hi Diana! Came from the Marigold's Loft party when I saw your cake...I would love to make it...looks appetizing and the colors are amazing...do you know why these are the colors traditional for Mardi Gras? We celebrate it too were I'm from but we don't have traditional colors like here. thanks for posting...Pinning too! Lizy

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    1. I have no idea why these are the colors!

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    2. I'm from New Orleans and yes, these are traditional Mardi Gras colors. Purple stands for justice, Green stands for faith and Gold is for power. These colors are everywhere in New Orleans right now. The baby is the cake represents Baby Jesus. Whoever gets the baby (bean or pecan) has to buy (or make) the next king cake! Les se les bon temps rouler!

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  20. I have always wanted to try this! What an easy recipe to follow- thanks for sharing :) We'd love for you to link up on the Photo Friday Blog hop and share this or any other post you'd like. Have a great weekend!

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  21. Hi Diana, coming from Seven-Alive link party. That's a colorful cake, I bet it's yummy too! ♥Luanne

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  22. Hey, Diana, Thanks for sharing. Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/02/what-to-do-weekends-5.html

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  23. Pinned this one! I think the ready-made bread dough we buy fresh from the baker will work here :-)

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  24. This is great! I'm having a friend over with her kids on Mardi Gras and we talked about making a King Cake..this will be perfect! Thanks for sharing this!!! =D

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  25. Yours turned out awesome! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects! By the way, I am back to hosting Must Try Mondays again, so if you have recipes you want to share, come on over!

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  26. This looks so good and easy! I am from the south and grew up eating king cakes. I have been in San Francisco now for 13 years but still miss them. I've had a couple mail order ones, but they are never as good as I remember. I never thought I could make one myself, but I'm going to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. I'd love to know if it's anywhere near authentic!!

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  27. I have never had King Cake. Shame on me huh?
    Yours looks delicious!

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  28. Oh my gosh, if only I had canned biscuits in the fridge. Do you think I could use homemade biscuit dough? I have always wanted to make a king cake, but never have. Your version sounds like the perfect one to try and that raspberry filling sounds incredible.

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    1. SURE!!! I will probably taste better. I am just too lazy to make homemade!!!

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  29. I just saw your cake over at Six Sisters and thought I'd stop by and check out the recipe. It looks so yummy!

    I'd love for you to stop by my weekend link party and link up a few recipes @The Weekend re-Treat

    Hope to see you there!

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  30. This looks funky and fun... love love the swirls of color. Lynaea @ EverydayBloom.com

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  31. Oooh, looks super!

    Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays.
    x
    Natalie
    www.marigoldsloft.blogspot.com

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  32. This sounds delicious!! So fun :)
    Thanks for sharing at Artsy Corner!

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  33. Looks delicious and easy to make. Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday at http://HappyandBlessedHome.com
    God Bless! ~ Monica

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  34. Thanks for sharing at my link party last week @The Weekend re-Treat!

    This looks like such a fun cake!

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  35. Looks great Diana! I see these in the grocery store here in TX and the whole thing is new to me. So glad to read your recipe and know what's in it! haha :) I admit the store bought ones look a little scary! :) You are a Featured Favorite this week on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks for sharing this last week, we can't wait to see what you've been up to this week! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

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  36. Thank you for submitting your tasty King Cake to the Crafty Showcase! xoxo susie @bowdabra

    Ps- here is the newest linky! We have a new Button! http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/02/16/crafty-showcase-link-up-anything-fun-in-the-craft-project-linky/

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  37. This looks so yummy!

    Would love for you to link it and your other cake recipes up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive - there is a focus this week on big cakes - would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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  38. I have tried this recipe with the frozen sweet dough...it works alright....makes a rather small oval...but still nothing will beat the original and true New Orleans King Cakes, but @ $50 or more a cake...this will due...thanks for the idea and it's good stuff.

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  39. I have tried this exact recipe, but I used the frozen sweet dough...turned out fine and @ the cost ($50 or more) of the original New Orleans King Cake, this recipe works just fine. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Love this, Diana! I especially appreciate that it's EASY! Will definitely be trying this for my family this year!

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  41. Love how easy! Can't wait to give it a try! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, Hope to see you back on Thursday.

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  42. That looks like a fun way to make a King Cake. I may need to give this version a try! Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday

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  43. Pinning and making! thanks for sharing, you make it look so easy!

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  44. I ate my first King Cake last night. I bought it for a friend from The Fresh Market. It was yummy!

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