King cake is a tradition for Mardi Gras. According to Holly Clegg, author of Holly Clegg's Trim & Terrific: Gulf Coast Favorites (Compare Prices), "This sweet, cinnamon bread-like dough is shaped into a big circle, cooked and topped with icing, featuring Mardi Gras colors, purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power."
In classic king cakes, a plastic baby, representing the baby Jesus, is hidden inside. Whoever gets the baby, according to tradition, has to provide the next king cake. This king cake doesn't include the baby.
- 2 8 oz. cans reduced-fat crescent rolls
- 4 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese
- 2 Tbsp. confectioner's sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
- Mardi Gras Icing:
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1-2 Tbsp. skim milk
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- yellow, green, red and blue food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 10-inch round pizza pan with cooking spray.
- Separate crescent rolls at perforations into 16 pieces. Arrange crescent rolls pieces in prepared pan in a circle, with points in the center. About halfway down from points, press seams together.
- Beat cream cheese, confectioner's sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until creamy. Spread over dough where seams have been pressed together.
- In a small bowl, using a fork, combine butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling, then fold bottom of dough triangles over points, forming a circular roll, like a king cake.
- Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool slightly. Drizzle king cake with Mardi Gras icing.
- Combine all ingredients, except food coloring in a small bowl, until it reaches the consistency of icing. Divide into three bowls.
- Add a few drops of yellow food coloring to the first bowl of icing. Mix well. Add a few drops of green food coloring to the second bowl of icing. Mix well. Add equal parts of red and blue food coloring to the third bowl to make purple.
- Drizzle icings over baked king cake.