Mardi Gras King Cakes: This Shortcut King Cake Recipe Is Ready in 30 Minutes! by Holly Budde

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11 months ago
Mardi Gras King Cakes: This Shortcut King Cake Recipe Is Ready in 30 Minutes!

La vie douce means "the sweet life!" Make your Mardi Gras a little sweeter with this easy king cake recipe. This shortcut recipe that will make you a genius Mardi Gras cake baker in 30 minutes!

You’ll need:

  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • butter
  • cinnamon
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 box powdered sugar (divided)


  • powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • warm water


  • yellow, green and purple sprinkles
  • beads

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Unroll the crescent rolls into one piece. Press together the seams to seal.
  2. Mix a paste of butter and cinnamon and spread over the dough.
  3. In a bowl mix together half a box (approximately 8 ounces) of powdered sugar and the softened cream cheese. Drop by teaspoons full on top of the butter mixture, making sure you have it evenly distributed. (You can also add a few teaspoon dollops of pie filling and/or nuts to this step if you want.)
  4. Roll the dough horizontally. Press the seams together and form a circle on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. While it’s baking, mix the remaining powdered sugar, the vanilla and enough warm water to make a thick glaze. 
  6. Allow cake to cool, then spread the glaze heavily on the cake. Decorate with sprinkles and beads, of course!

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
How fun, Holly Budde ! The kids would love to do this. I remember when my daughter made a king cake one year. It absolutely made her whole month! :-)
Holly Budde
it was a fun day. Kids and friends trying to find the baby 😂

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