Friday Food : Mardi Gras King Cake

It may come as a surprise to you, but Mardi Gras is right around the corner! This coming Tuesday in fact! So I am showing you a quick and easy way to make a King Cake for your eating pleasure. I found this recipe over at The Healthy Cooking Blog by Holly Clegg. Readers have written in to say they love how much healthier it is and one girl who says she has diabetes was able to eat it. Personally, I don’t know enough dietary stuff to tell you what is or isn’t safe, but I know it seems to me using crescent rolls instead of a cake mixture is a better option. And of course you can always trade your milk out for skim, your rolls out for reduced fat, and the same with your cream cheese. I like cooking with full on everything though, but that’s just me.

Do you know what the colors of Mardi Gras mean?

Purple Represents Justice. Green Represents Faith. And Gold Represents Power.

King Cake

What you will need:


  • 2 (8-ounce) cans crescent rolls
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Green, Yellow and Purple (red/blue) food coloring



1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 10-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Separate crescent rolls at perforations, into 16 slices. Place slices around prepared pan with points in center. About halfway down from points, press seams together.
3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spread on dough in center where seams have been pressed together.
4. In another small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling, then fold bottom of triangle over points forming a circular roll like a king cake.
5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly, drizzle with colored Mardi Gras Icing.
1. In small bowl, combine all ingredients, except food color. Divide mixture into three bowls.
2. In first bowl, add a few drops of yellow food coloring. In second bowl, add a few drops of green food coloring. In third bowl, add equal amounts of blue and red food coloring (to create purple).
3. Drizzle over baked cake.

Photos & Comments

Don’t forget to add your little baby or special bean if you follow the tradition that it will either bring the one who finds it good luck or that they are now responsible for making the cake the following year.

It was very easy to make this cake. I seriously had it prepped and baking in under 20 minutes.

I like a thicker King Cake look, so I molded mine to be closer in the middle. As you can tell from the pictures it leaked a bit when it cooked. Oh well.

The original recipe calls for colored icing. As you can tell I changed it up a bit. I made the icing as directed, but then I used regular sugar and food coloring to make colored sugar, which I sprinkled over the icing. Again, just a personal preference on look.

I’m taking this cake to my friends and coworkers today (yes it’s early, see what I do for all of you wonderful readers) I’ll tweet or FB the reactions.

And yes, I did use a regular baking sheet/pan. I realized as I started this project, I did not move my pizza pan with me to my new location. See, it’s easy to improvise!

What other purple, green or gold foods can you incorporate into your diet on Tuesday to celebrate Mardi Gras?

9 thoughts on “Friday Food : Mardi Gras King Cake

  1. Mmm, that looks so good, and I've never had King Cake before! It may be far too late for Mardi Gras, but that doesn't mean I can't make some of this for myself, right? Thanks for the healthy cooking blog, can't wait to try this out!

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