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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Easy New Orleans Style King Cake

This is an easy version of the New Orleans King Cake adapted from Southern Plate.  As you can see, it has changed a lot from the French Galette des Rois the French made centuries ago.  The bean, or more frequently used plastic baby, are still added to the cake.  The cakes are eaten from Epiphany to Mardi Gras.

For the King Cake:
             1 roll frozen bread dough, thawed
  • Filling:8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • For the Icing:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk (more if needed but stir this amount first, you’ll be surprised how far this goes!)
  • 1 tsp clear butter or vanilla flavoring
  1. On floured surface, roll out your dough to a rectangle of about 10 x 18 inches. It doesn’t have to be exact, close enough works!
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and extract and mix until creamy and well blended. Spread over dough to within an inch of each side. Roll up longways (to make a long log) and brush the final edge with water before pressing it into the log to seal.
  3. Take log and form into a circle, pressing the ends into each other and brushing with water if needed to seal together. Spray top lightly with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Set in warm place to rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
  4. Remove plastic wrap and bake in 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool.
  5. Mix confectioner’s glaze and drizzle over top of cake with a spoon. Immediately sprinkle yellow, green and purple sprinkles over glaze. Allow to sit until glaze hardens.


  1. This looks very interesting & doable! I have all the colors of sprinkles needed, too.

    BTW, I made your Aunt's Jell-O & cream cheese salad & it was everything I remembered! Thank you again for sharing that recipe. I hope to do it in strawberry pink for Valentines Day.


  2. Thank you, Rett. I have never thought of doing it with strawberry...but that sounds good!
    I am going to make my King Cake on Fat Tuesday!

  3. YUMMY, is what I have to say about this!! I may make my own dough & try it.

  4. I'm going to do one for Fat Tuesday..using the frozen dough.