Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - Step by Step Recipe

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    Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe

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    Unroll dough and separate into triangles. © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

    This method is a common one for making filled coffee cakes or Danish pastry rings. Here it is adapted to make an easy King Cake for Mardi Gras with its traditional purple (denoting justice), green (faith), and yellow (power) wide stripes of color. However, you will want to keep this simple method on file for a fast and easy filled coffee cake at any time of the year.

    These instructions show how to form the King Cake. Refer to the standard recipe for full ingredients, measures, baking, and icing...MORE instructions.

    Begin by unrolling crescent roll dough and separating the dough into triangles.

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    Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - Overlap dough triangles in a circle.

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    Overlap dough triangles in a circle. © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

    Position triangles next to each other with the points toward the center, overlapping the long sides about 1/4-inch, forming a large round.

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    Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - Press centers of overlapping seams to seal

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    Press centers of overlapping seams to seal. © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

    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.

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    Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - Spread filling

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    Spread filling. © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

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

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    Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - Place baby or bean in filling

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    Place baby or bean in the filling. © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

    The maker of each King Cake hides a token in the cake. The tokens used are a dried red bean or a figurine of a baby, representing the Christ child. When the cake is cut and shared, the finder of the hidden treasure is said to enjoy good luck for the coming year. The lucky recipient may also be expected to bake the King Cake or throw the Mardi Gras party for the following year.

    Now is the time to place a small plastic baby or dried red bean somewhere in the filling.

     

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    Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - Fold outer edges of dough over filling.

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    Fold outer edges of dough over filling. © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

    Fold the short side of each triangle toward the center just to the edge of the filling to cover.

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    Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - Fold dough points outward to enclose filling.

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    Fold dough points outward to enclose filling. © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

    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.

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    Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - Bake King Cake and let cool.

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    Bake King Cake and let cool. © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

    Bake King Cake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 F. until golden brown. Let cool to room temperature.

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    Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - Apply colored decoration.

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    Apply colored icing or colored sugar crystals. © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

    The cake is frosted with gold, green, and purple icing representing in order, power, faith, and justice.

    Prepare icing according to the recipe. Spoon the icing in a ring over the top of the King Cake and allow it to slowly drip down the sides.

    To decorate for Mardi Gras, sprinkle wide stripes of purple, green, and yellow colored sugar crystals.

    If using food coloring, whisk together icing per recipe. Divide icing evenly amongst 3 bowls. Add 2 drops each of red and blue to the first bowl to make...MORE purple. Use 2 drops each of yellow and green in the remaining 2 bowls. Scrape each individual bowl into its own ziptop bag. Squeeze out all the air and seal. Snip off one corner of the bag and use as a pastry bag to pipe wide stripes of icing on the King Cake. The bags will give you more control than using a spoon or spatula. The icing should firm up a bit in about an hour.

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    Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - Finished King Cake.

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    Finished King Cake. © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

    Here is the finished King Cake using icing instead of colored sugar as decoration. Colored sugar may be difficult to find in some areas. Check craft stores that sell party cake supplies. Using sugar crystals will shorten your decoration time, but making the colored icing will only take an additional 10 to 15 minutes.

    Note: Canned pie fillings are easily substituted for the cream cheese filling for a traditionally filled coffee cake or Danish pastry ring. You may use the standard or over-sized...MORE crescent rolls.