King Cake Take 1

So remember I was going to research and test a King Cake?  Since I wanted to make my own, I decided to try the “simple version” first, as found on a few websites.  Some said to make the filling in a food processor to combine, but I omitted that step and just creamed the ingredients in a bowl.  Even easier.  Also most recipes are to serve a party of 8 – 12 (or even more).  This king cake was only going to my 4 member family, so I reduced ingredients for a smaller version.

I had to not overthink the quick version recipe.  I was going to have to buy cresent roll dough from a can.  I know I’m a snob.  I have never bought this myself however I remember having these many times as a kid and watching and helping my mom open the can and arrange them on baking sheets.  I now introduced my daughter to the can and how to bang it on the counter just right to get the dough to pop out.  She thought it was odd.  However she loved getting her hands in the dough and pinching seams to hold in the filling.  She also chose where to put the “baby” (we used a walnut halve as I didn’t have a plastic baby on hand).  This came in handy later when she was able to choose her piece and (miraculously) she got the “baby” and the luck – much to my son’s dissapproval.  Although he wasn’t around for making the cake and filling, he was there for decorating and had a good time with the colored sugars.  Our cake actually looked tame and healthy compared to photos of others we found online.

Since this method is a common one for making filled coffee cakes or Danish pastry rings, and we weren’t having a Mardi Gras party this evening, I decided to serve it for breakfast the next morning with eggs and fruit.  It was yummy.  And I think I’d make the filling again to spread on bagels and toast.
2 ounces cream cheese

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons raisins, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes, drained, and patted dry on paper towels

1/4 cup chopped pecan pieces


1 roll refrigerated crescent rolls in the can


3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar 

2 to 3 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Purple, green, and yellow colored sugar crystals or food coloring

To make the filling:  In a small bowl, cream together cream cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins. Add peacan pieces. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line and grease a baking sheet.

Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into triangles. Position triangles next to each other with the points toward the center, overlapping the long sides about 1/4-inch, forming a large round on the baking sheet. Where the pieces overlap, press the seams together only in the center of each seam, leaving either ends of the seams unsealed so you can fold them up over the filling.

Spread the filling around in a ring covering the center sealed seam of each triangle.

Place a small plastic baby or nut somewhere in the filling. (The person who gets this piece will have good luck for the year and has to supply next year’s cake.)

Fold the short side of each triangle toward the center just to the edge of the filling to cover. Then pull the point end of the triangles toward the outer rim of the pan to fully enclose the filling, tucking under the points. Lightly press the seams.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Let cool to room temperature.

To make icing:  Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk or cream, and vanilla until smooth. The consistency should be fairly thick, but still thin enough to slowly drip down the sides. Add more milk as necessary. Spoon the icing in a ring over the top of the King Cake and allow it to slowly drip down the sides.

To decorate sprinkle wide stripes of purple (denoting justice), green (faith), and yellow (power) with colored sugars.