Super Easy King Cake

Melanie B


This is a Christie Jordan recipe. Here is the link to her page for step by step photo tutorial. This is also a picture of her cake. Christie's Note: Note: I didn’t put a little plastic baby or bean or coin or anything else inside because this was for our family and with two little kids the last thing I need is one of them taking a big old bite of a cake their Mama made and ending up choking, and goodness gracious you know that would sooooo happen – because my life is funny that way.


★★★★★ 2 votes

30 Min


  • 1
    loaf frozen bread dough
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    lemon extract
  • ·
  • 1 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How to Make Super Easy King Cake


  1. To thaw the bread dough I put it into a greased loaf pan and cover with a greased piece of plastic wrap before I leave for work. When I come home it is ready to go.
    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 minute 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 colored sprinkles over glaze if desired. Allow to sit until glaze hardens.
  6. Traditional King Cake colors are:

    Purple - to symbolize Justice

    Green - to symbolize Faith

    Gold - to symbolize Power

    Here is the wikipedia link to the meaning of the king cake. It is used to celebrate Fat Tuesday (or Mardi Gras) on the Gulf Coast.
  7. My personal note: I think you could flavor this up any way you like, maybe add nuts, chocolate chips or coconut, for example, and different extract flavorings to have it for any occasion. Even pie filling would be wonderful in this. Melanie

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About Super Easy King Cake

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtag: #mardigras

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