Thursday, January 28, 2016

Homemade King Cake Recipe...Again

I know I posted this recipe last year, but with Mardi Gras approaching, I thought I'd share it again, only with more pictures and a step by step this time around. :) 

Once again, I used Emeril's Quick King Cake Recipe found HERE, only I omitted the fruit pie filling. If you click on the recipe, you can get a printable version. 

It was just as good as I remembered. :)

Here are the ingredients you'll need...

Crescent rolls, cinnamon, butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, granulated sugar and food coloring.

You'll need the 12 ounce package of crescent rolls like this one.

First, mix up 8 ounces softened cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar.

Then mix 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 cup butter.

Unroll crescent rolls in one piece. Press seams together to form one piece of dough.

As you can doesn't have to be perfect. ;)

Then gently spread the butter/cinnamon mixture over the dough.

Then drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese/powdered sugar mixture on top.

Please excuse these pics...I was trying to take them quickly, with one hand, while trying not to get my phone sticky. :) 

Starting at the long end, carefully roll the dough, horizontally, with the filling inside. Then place on baking pan (I lined mine with parchment) with the seam side down in a circle, pinching the ends together and bake at 350 degrees 15-20 minutes.

Here's my (blurry) pic right before it went into the oven.

While it's baking, you can color your sugar. For some reason, the purple color is a little off in this pic.

To color the sugar, I filled three Ziplock bags with 1/4 cup granulated sugar each and added drops of food coloring. 

Here is the formula I used to get these particular shades of yellow, green, and purple:

Yellow: Two drops yellow food coloring
Green: Two drops green food coloring
Purple: One drop blue and three drops red food coloring.

I just put the drops in with the sugar and worked it in by massaging the bag until it was all incorporated.

So, here's what it'll look like when it comes out of the oven...

Definitely not perfect, huh? Ha! It doesn't matter too much what it looks like, because you can cover up any imperfections with the icing. 

After the cake cools, mix up 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 Tablespoon water for the icing. Pour the icing over the cake and add the colored sugar.

As you can see, mine's still not perfect (far from it, in fact) but it tastes SO good!

I refrigerate mine after I put the icing on.

I got lots of compliments on it. It's so moist and delicious! Much better than the store bought ones, in my opinion. :)

Have you ever made a King Cake? I was surprised at how easy this one was. Y'all have a great day!



  1. That looks so delicious! My mouth is watering...I love the colors, too!

  2. That cake looks so good. I think I will copy your recipe and make it. Blessings to you and thank you for sharing this recipe. xoxo,Susie

  3. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the step by step directions. Have a Good Weekend.

    1. Thank you! It's a favorite around here. :) Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Oh my that looks so yummy! I never knew you could make something like that with the crescent rolls. What a great idea! I also never knew that you could color your sugar with food coloring. I thought that it would make the sugar stick together. I learned something new today! I'll be right over for my piece of King Cake. Ha!

  5. This sounds so good, Lisa, and much easier than making it with your own yeast bread.....yikes, I don't think I have the stamina for kneading bread! Would you believe that I have never had King Cake.....grew up in Louisiana, with a gramma who made most of her own bread, & still never had King Cake. I never went to New Orleans either, but I think it was considered the "Wicked City" at the time. Maybe that was only the thinking of non-Catholic people. My sweet grampa had to do some serious deep breaths when his "favorite granddaughter (me)" told him she was marrying a Catholic boy! His heart softened, as I knew it would, and he welcomed Rick (aka: The Man) with open arms! He didn't even whence when I became Catholic, too! I do think he would have enjoyed King Cake, but minus the baby inside!

    Warm hugs,

  6. Hmmm, good! I agree that these with the fillings are much better than the usual. I love Mardi Gras and will definitely try this. Thanks so much for sharing!


  7. Lisa, this is a great recipe! Thank you for sharing. I sure will try it. Sounds delicious! Maria

  8. Lisa, thank you for the wonderful recipe! I'm going to put that on my list of things to bake!

  9. That looks SO good, Lisa! Anything stuffed with cream cheese has to be delicious! Will have to try it!
    Kendra @


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