Laissez les bons temps rouler! Cinnamon-filled, dripping with icing, and dowsed in tricolor purple, gold, and green sprinkles, the king cake reigns supreme during Mardi Gras. We’ve picked a couple of our favorite traditional king cake recipes as well as a few interesting spins on the ringed cake to add to your Fat Tuesday lineup.
Traditional King Cakes
This praline-filled king cake recipe is as traditional as it gets. Jessica Maher of Kitchen Belleicious found this recipe from a small church in Louisiana in an old cookbook she has. Pecan lovers rejoice; this is your go-to king cake.
Similar to coffee cake, Michelle of Brown Eyed Baker used a yeasted sweet dough and a simple cinnamon and sugar filling for her king cake.
Bright and colorful, this cake by Susan of The Pudge Factor features a copious pour of cream cheese icing. Tip: After shaping the dough, place a small buttered Pyrex dish in the center of the ring to make sure it doesn’t close while rising.
4. King Cake
Filled with cream cheese and coated with vanilla icing, Bree Hester’s (of Baked Bree) king cake is divine. Dig in and keep an eye out for the tiny baby!