Monday, February 28, 2011

Easy King Cake Recipe

The early French settlers brought to New Orleans their culture, along with some of their traditions. The famous King Cake is one of those traditions that has stayed with us. The Cake was baked and served during Mardi Gras in the settlement days. Although it is called a "cake", to me it is nothing more than a sweet bread. The name "king cake" comes  from the biblical three kings Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. The Catholic tradition states that the kings traveled to offer presents to the newborn messiah. The journey to Bethlehem took twelve days. So this cake is popular from the arrival of the kings on January 6th thru the day before "Ash Wednesday". That is why the cake has a small plastic baby "sometimes said to represent Baby Jesus" inside, and the person who gets the piece of cake with the baby will have many blessings for the rest of the year. He or she has the obligation to buy or make the cake for the next celebration.

The cake can be very labor intensive, but this recipe is not. I use 3 cans of cinnamon rolls as the dough and trust me, it is just as good as it is when I make it all from scratch.


3 cans of cinnamon rolls 

 Cream Cheese Filling:
1 8-oz. package cream cheese

1 c. confectioners sugar
2 T. flour
1 tsp. vanilla extract
a few drops of milk

Cake Directions:

Pull cinnamon roll dough out of the cans and roll into one big ball. Knead and roll out flat onto a large floured surface. You should have one large rectangular sheet of dough.

Prepare the cake filling.
In a separate bowl mix cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, flour, vanilla, and milk on high speed until well blended. Spread filling on top of one half of the pastry dough.

 Roll dough and seal the ends.

 Now you would want to twist dough and place the completed ring on the buttered baking sheet.

Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and hide the plastic baby inside the cake (or just place on the top of cake to avoid someone biting into it).  Pour the icing that came with the rolls on top of the cake while hot and sprinkle with colored sugar (gold, green and purple).


My Kitchen in the Rockies said...

That sounds like a fantastic shortcut version. I expected a yeast dough recipes, but like this one much better.
I miss the crazy German carnival time. New Orleans got a little bit of that culture to me during this time of the year.

Candy Girl said...

I love king cakes! My ex-boss always brought one in and seeing them brings back good memories. This is a great shortcut!

ahline a. said...

I'm from new Orleans and I just love your easy version of the king cake
I will def. try it .. Thanks for sharing :)



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