Easy King Cake

  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. A plastic baby, representing the Christ child, is hidden inside (to be safe, clean it well and insert after baking the cake). According to tradition, whoever gets the baby has to provide the King Cake for the following year. This simplified version of a starts with packaged refrigerated crescent rolls.


-- Cooking spray
2cans (8-ounce) reduced-fat crescent rolls
4ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2tablespoons powdered sugar
1teaspoon vanilla extract
2tablespoons butter
1/3cup light brown sugar
1tablespoon ground cinnamon
Icing and Sugars:
1cup powdered sugar
1 to 2tablespoons skim milk
1/2teaspoon vanilla extract
-- Colored sugars (purple, green and gold)


  1. Preheat oven 350F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. To prepare cake, separate crescent rolls at perforations, into 16 slices. Place slices around pan with points in the center. About halfway down from points, press seams together.
  3. Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Using a mixer at medium speed, beat until creamy. Spread cream cheese mixture on dough in the center where seams have been pressed together.
  4. Combine butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling, then fold base of triangles over points forming a circular roll.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. To prepare icing, combine all ingredients except colored sugars in a small bowl. Whisk until icing reaches desired consistency, adding more powdered sugar or milk as needed. Drizzle over cooled cake.
  7. Sprinkle colored sugars in wide horizontal bands over the iced cake.

Recipe by Holly Clegg.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 170
  • Glycemic Load 0
  • Fat 7g
  • Saturated Fat 3.5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 10mg
  • Sodium 270mg
  • Potassium 30mg
  • Carbohydrate 26g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 15g
  • Protein 3g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 2%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 4%