Although a grew up in a city that celebrated Mardi Gras in a big way, it's been years since I had a king cake!
Not too long ago I moved to Colorado, the land of no King Cakes.
But lucky me- I found this super easy recipe at www.foodhomeandgarden.com!
You will need:
3 cans of cinnamon rolls (try to get the simplest kind-they are easiest to work with)
8oz cream cheese
1c. Of confectioners sugar
2 T. Flour
Purple, green and yellow sprinkles
1 tsp. vanilla extract
A few drops of milk
1. Pop open the cans of cinnamon rolls and roll them into ball. On a floured surface roll out the ball of cinnamon rolls into an oblong shape. A rectangle works best.
(At this point I poured a little extra cinnamon/sugar mixture on the dough)
2. In a mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, flour, sugar, vanilla and milk until it is smooth and creamy.
3. Scoop the cream cheese filling out onto the cinnamon roll dough, into an even line all the way across
4. Roll the cinnamon dough and cream cheese mixture up and seal the edges.
5. Grab the edges of the roll and twist-
6. Now grab the two end and bring them together creating a circle-
7. Place it on a non-stick baking surfacel- preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake the cake until golden brown for about 25-35 minutes- (make sure the bottom of the cake it cooked all the way!)
"The Mardi Gras or Carnival season officially begins on January 6th or the "Twelfth Night," also known to Christians as the "Epiphany." Epiphany comes from a Greek word that means "to show." Jesus first showed himself to the three wisemen and to the world on this day. As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby is placed inside each King Cake.
The King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to (Mobile AL and then brought over to) New Orleans from France in 1870. A King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy, crossed between a coffee cake and a French pastry that is as rich in history as it is in flavor. It's decorated in royal colors of PURPLE which signifies "Justice," GREEN for "Faith," and GOLD for "Power." These colors were chosen to resemble a jeweled crown honoring the Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany. In the past such things as coins, beans, pecans, or peas were also hidden in each King Cake.
Today, a tiny plastic baby is the common prize. At a party, the King Cake is sliced and served. Each person looks to see if their piece contains the "baby." If so, then that person is named "King" for a day and bound by custom to host the next party and provide the King Cake.
Mardi Gras Day has a moveable date and may occur on any Tuesday from February 3rd to March 9th. It is always the day before Ash Wednesday, and always falls 46 days before Easter."
Slice and enjoy your king cake with your family (my family usually ate it for breakfast). Share the history with your kids! Mardi Gras isn't just a crazy excuse to have a party- it's a holiday with deep meaning, a meaning that should be celebrated!
So go ahead!
Anyone can do this simple version!
Let's start a new tradition!